2010 Technology News
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Cornell startup, Hµrel® Corporation, in an R&D collaboration with L'ORÉAL
January 14, 2010
Cornell startup HµREL® Corporation and L'ORÉAL announce an R&D collaboration to develop a non-animal alternative, microfluidic biochip.
New Cornell lily, 'Tangerine Tango', available for licensing
January 29, 2010
Developed by Mark Bridgen, Cornell professor of horticulture, the Tangerine Tango is the second ornamental plant to be developed at Cornell.
New vaccine method is cheaper and more effective
January 30, 2010
An interdisciplinary team of Cornell researchers has devised a new way to make vaccines at a cheaper cost.
Jostling balls reveal secrets of ultrathin films
January 31, 2010
Itai Cohen and colleagues at Cornell University have gained key insights into epitaxy, the process of depositing extremely thin crystalline layers of different materials on a substrate; epitaxy is a key process to the manufacture of semiconductor devices.
New adhesive device could let humans walk on walls
February 26, 2010
A palm-sized device invented at Cornell that uses water surface tension as an adhesive bond could lead to such applications as shoes or gloves that stick to walls, or Post-it-like notes that can bear loads, according to Paul Steen, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, who invented the device with Michael Vogel, a former postdoctoral associate.
Cornell startup, Pacific Biosciences, names several partners in advance of sequencer launch
February 27, 2010
Cornell startup Pacific Biosciences today named 11 initial members of its new partner program aimed at providing completes solutions for its Single Molecule Real Time DNA Sequencing Systems when it launches in the second half of this year.
Researchers can see drug activity in solitary molecule
February 28, 2010
Weill Cornell Medical College researchers have developed a new technology that allows them to directly visualize functional motions of individual enzymes in nearly real time.
Cornell startup, Pacific BioSciences, deemed 'most promising' by VCs
March 16, 2010
Research firm VentureSource selected Cornell startup Pacific BioSciences as the most promising young company from a list of 5,194 candidates, partly because of its success in raising $260 million from prominent backers.
Nanofluidics identify epigenetic changes one molecule at a time
March 30, 2010
Using a system of nanofluidic channels and multicolor fluorescence microscopy, a team of investigators at Cornell University has developed a method that analyzes the binding of DNA and DNA-binding proteins known as histones at specific locations along individual DNA molecules.
Bright ideas pay dividends
April 5, 2010
A recent book, titled 'Sparking Economic Growth,' put out by The Science Coalition, a consortium of universities that includes SUNY, Cornell University, University of Rochester, and RPI, describes the positive impact of federal funding on university research. The book cites success stories, such as Google, Cisco Systems and SAS as proof that ideas hatched at American universities and backed by federal funding can turn into major economic engines. Cornell startup, Kionix, Inc., is mentioned.
Cornell inventor, Anil Netravali, named greenest inventor by regional group
April 15, 2010
Cornell fiber scientist Anil Netravali won first place in the inventor/entrepreneur category of the first 'Green of the Crop' contest, which honors innovative solutions for environmental issues by people, businesses, schools and community organizations.
Joint venture established in China to commercialize products based on licensed Cornell technologies
May 26, 2010
BioWorks Inc., a Cornell licensee and startup, and Coway International TechTrans Co., a commercialization partner of CCTEC in China, established a joint venture in China to commercialize products based on licensed Cornell inventions. CCTEC introduced the two parties initially and facilitated the formation of the joint venture.
Department of Defense and The Solar Energy Commission invest $2.2M in Cornell startup, Widetronix, Inc.
May 27, 2010
Ithaca-based company, Widetronix, Inc., received two grants worth a total of $2.2M to expand its team and open a prototyping facility in Ithaca, creating five jobs in the near term and 25 high-tech jobs over the next five years. The company, based on Cornell technology, designs and builds low power, long life batteries for microelectronics.
Two new apple varieties released for New York State growers only
May 28, 2010
Apple varieties developed by Cornell are grown around the world, but the newest releases will be New York state exclusives. 'We want varieties that will excite our consumers,' says Roger Lamont, apple grower and chairman of New York Apple Growers (NYAG). 'And we need varieties that thrive in New York state -- a very different growing environment than Washington state or New Zealand.'
Green of the Crop winner: Anil Netravali, inventor of organic composites
May 29, 2010
Cornell professor Anil Netravli won the Green of the Crop award for his research in green composite materials. His research is the basis for Cornell startup e2e Materials, Inc. whose eco-friendly product replaces traditional formaldehyde-based particleboard, plywood and medium-density fiberboard in furniture, cabinets and building materials.
Sugary band-aid may help heal post-operative tissue
May 30, 2010
A compound found in sunless tanning spray may help heal wounds following surgery, according to results published by plastic surgeons from New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City and biomedical engineers at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.
Recent papers in PNAS
and in Journal of Biomedical Materials Research
provide additional background (subscription necessary to view the full articles).
Gen-Probe makes $50M investment in Pacific Biosciences
June 14, 2010
Pacific Biosciences, a pioneer in real-time detection of biological events at the single molecule resolution level, received a $50M strategic investment from Gen-Probe Inc. to apply its technology to the diagnosis of human diseases.
New molecular framework could lead to flexible solar cells
June 30, 2010
The Dichtel group in the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology has developed a method to organize organic dyes into stacked, porous two-dimensional sheets. These materials may ultimately be incorporated into inexpensive, flexible solar cells.
Mezmeriz NSF Grant Award Reaches $200K
July 17, 2010
The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Cornell startup, Mezmeriz, an additional $50,000 in funds to support the previously awarded SBIR Phase I grant for the company's carbon fiber MEMS pico projector.
Cornell graduate students win top health care prizes
July 18, 2010
Mark Hartman and George Lewis Jr., both Cornell doctoral candidates, win top health care prizes with awards totaling $250,000.
Novomer receives $18.4M grant from DOE
July 19, 2010
Novomer, Inc. received $18.4M from the U.S. Department of Energy for a project that seeks to convert waste carbon dioxide into plastics for use in bottles, laminates and other applications.
PacBio looks to raise up to $200M in IPO
August 15, 2010
Pacific Biosciences plans to raise up to $200M in an initial public offering of its common stock, according to documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Cornell celebrates deal with NY apple growers
August 30, 2010
Cornell University officials, with some of the state's top agriculture officials, signed a deal with New York apple growers, giving them exclusive rights to new varieties developed by Cornell breeders.
Cornell researchers develop post-operation wound treatment
September 1, 2010
After more than 20 years of industry-wide trial and error, Cornell biomedical engineers and plastic surgeons from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City have developed a sugar-based compound that may help bind post-operative wounds.
Cornell professor wins MacArthur 'genius' award
September 29, 2010
Michal Lipson, Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, was named one of 23 MacArthur Foundation grant recipients and will receive $500,000 over the new five years from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
To learn more about Prof. Lipson's inventions, click here
Two Cornell startups receive Grants for Growth Awards
September 30, 2010
iFyber and Orthogonal are among the four recipients chosen to receive Grants for Growth awards from CenterState CEO.
Apply for the next round of Grants for Growth here
Cornell researcher receives a grant from the Metropolitan Development Association
October 11, 2010
Cornell researcher, CC Chu, was awarded a grant to explore the feasibility of utilizing NovaSterilis' (a local company) supercritical co2 sterilization for a variety of absorbable biomaterials from both commercial and experimental sources.
Cornell students develop a new iPhone app -- CUPetHealth
October 18, 2010
An iPhone app, developed by Cornell students, takes the guesswork out of achieving a dog or cat's appropriate weight.
Researchers at Cornell are first to succeed in combining polymer self-assembly with inorganic single-crystal epitaxy
October 19, 2010
Prof. Ulrich Wiesner and his colleagues have developed a way of making single-crystal silicon or nickel monosilicide nanostructures with the help of a block copolymer self-assembly technique.
Gene therapy may be powerful new treatment for major depression
October 20, 2010
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical College paper reports that restoring a crucial gene in a tiny area of the brain reverses depression-like behavior in mice; human data backs up the promise of such therapy.
Pacific Biosciences Raises $200M in U.S. IPO
October 30, 2010
Pacific Biosciences announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 12,500,000 shares of its common stock at $16.00 per share.
Startup firm set to fight Alzheimer's
October 31, 2010
Cornell startup, ADispell Inc., is gearing up for the fight against Alzheimer's with its own answer to the degenerative disease.
New type of prosthetic retina could someday restore detailed sight
November 2, 2010
Sheila Nirenberg and her postdoc, both of Weill Cornell Medical College, have built a surgery-free prosthetic retina that can restore vision in blind mice.
Combination therapy kills cancer cells without harming surrounding tissue
November 3, 2010
Ari Melnick and his colleagues at Weill Cornell Medical College have found a combination therapy that is more effective than traditional cancer treatments and does not cause harm to surrounding tissue.
Discovery may lead to better tests for prostate cancer
November 3, 2010
Mark Rubin and his research team at Weill Cornell Medical College have identified secondary mutations that cause some types of prostate cancer to be lethal.
Cornell professor develops new critical care tool
November 8, 2010
Dan Fletcher at Cornell's Hospital for Animals designed rescue dog and cat mannequins and related software for students to understand and practice emergency procedures.
Achronix partners with Intel
November 9, 2010
Achronix, a Cornell startup, partners with Intel to not only make PLDs cheaper and less energy hungry, but to improve their performance so they can power the latest networking equipment.
iFyber receives grant from NSF
November 10, 2010
Cornell startup, iFyber, receives an SBIR grant from the National Science Foundation to develop nanoparticle, antimicrobial coatings on natural scaffolds for tissue reconstruction.
Weill Cornell Medical College studies lay groundwork for new treatments for regenerating liver and bone marrow
November 11, 2010
A team led by Shahin Rafii of Weill Cornell Medical College has shed light on how the liver restores itself by demonstrating that endothelial cells play a key role.
Cornell researchers are making graphene nanomachines practical
December 7, 2010
Harold Craighead, and his colleagues in the Physics Department, can make graphene nanodevices called resonators on the surface of silicon wafer.
CCTEC celebrates banner year
December 8, 2010
With its highest-ever gross revenues and largest number of spinoff businesses launched to date, CCTEC had its most successful year in fiscal year 2010.
PacBio and Harvard use fast gene sequencer to crack DNA code of Haitian cholera strain
December 9, 2010
Cornell startup, PacBio, works with Harvard Medical School to sequence the full genome of the deadly cholera bug that has plagued Haiti since October.
PacBio wins number one on the list of 'Top 10 Innovations of 2010'
December 29, 2010
PacBio, a Cornell startup, wins the distinction of the number one life science innovation of 2010.
New York State plans pilot seed fund
December 30, 2010
New York State is launching a new $2M fund aimed at providing seed-stage financing for high-tech startup companies.
Cornell researchers receive $100,000 grant from NFL Charities
December 31, 2010
Researchers from Cornell University and Weill Cornell Medical College have been awarded $100,000 by NFL Charities to research tissue engineering for spinal injuries.
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