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Lockheed Martin Partners with Universities to Support DOD Small Business and Academic Research Programs

August 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Called the Lockheed Martin Innovation Marketplace, the program will support private sector and academic sector technologists in participating in the Department of Defense’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Technology Transfer (STTR) and Mentor Protege programs.

From PRNewswire:

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Aug. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) today announced that it is partnering with three universities to establish a program in Huntsville, Ala., that will support small businesses and universities participating in federal technology programs.

Called the Lockheed Martin Innovation Marketplace, the program will support private sector and academic sector technologists in participating in the Department of Defense’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Technology Transfer (STTR) and Mentor Protege programs. Collaborating with Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company are Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala., and University of Alabama in Huntsville.

“Working together, Lockheed Martin and our university partners will further increase our active support of Department of Defense programs for small business and academic technology research,” said John W. Holly, vice president of Missile Defense Systems, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. “This local-level initiative will provide national-level benefits by helping bring more cutting-edge technologies into the systems our war fighters rely upon to defend our country…”

Read full press release [web]

White House “White Board” Looks at Startup America

August 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Chief Economist Austin Goolsby uses the White Board to walk through the basics of Startup America.

From Policy Forum Blog:

“Recently, [the White House White Board] marked the first 180 days of Startup America with a self-conducted progress report on administration commitments to improve the environment for high-growth entrepreneurship. That list covers five main categories:

  • Unlocking Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs
  • Connecting Mentors to Entrepreneurs
  • Reducing Barriers and Making Government Work for Entrepreneurs
  • Accelerating Innovation from Lab to Market
  • Unleashing Market Opportunities

READ FULL BLOG POST [web]
View White House White Board Presentation [web; video]
Announcing Startup America [web]

Intel puts $30M into New Science & Tech Centers; Announces CFP

August 6, 2011 Leave a comment

The investment is part of a larger $100 million program designed to increase university research and accelerate innovation…

From Business Wire:

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aimed at shaping the future of cloud computing and how increasing numbers of everyday devices will add computing capabilities, Intel Labs announced the latest Intel Science and Technology Centers (ISTC) both headquartered at Carnegie Mellon University.

These centers represent the next $30 million installment of Intel’s recently announced 5-year, $100 million ISTC program to increase university research and accelerate innovation in a handful of key areas. As with previously announced ISTCs for visual computing and secure computing, the new centers encourage tighter collaboration between university thought leaders and Intel. To encourage further collaboration, the ISTCs use open IP models with results publically available through technical publications and open-source software releases.

“These new ISTCs are expected to open amazing possibilities,” said Justin Rattner, Intel Chief Technology Officer. “Imagine, for example, future cars equipped with embedded sensors and microprocessors to constantly collect and analyze traffic and weather data. That information could be shared and analyzed in the cloud so that drivers could be provided with suggestions for quicker and safer routes…”

READ FULL ARTICLE [web]
INTEL Press Release [web]
CFP – New Science & Technology Center – 2012 [web] Deadline: 09/02/2011
More about the ISTC program [web]

Institutions Around the World Answer New York’s Call for Applied Science Campus Proposals

August 3, 2011 Leave a comment

The mayor hopes the plan will propel New York past Silicon Valley as the world’s leading tech center.

From Crain’s NY Business:

“After the city’s bedrock financial sector tanked in 2008, Bloomberg administration officials met with hundreds of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, chief executives and community leaders and instructed them to come up with a “game changing” idea for the local economy.

The result of that brainstorming is at hand: Top applied sciences schools from around the world are scrambling for the city’s blessing to build a campus here. When Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave a mid-July speech about the competition at a Crain’s conference, Cornell University sent at least 30 representatives, including trustees and its president…”

READ FULL ARTICLE [web]
ANNOUNCING THE RFP FOR NEW/EXPANDED RESEARCH CAMPUS [web]
Cornell’s repsonse: Growing the ‘technology ecosystem’ of the future in NYC [web]

NSF Awards $10 Million Grant to Stanford University to Launch National Center to Educate Entrepreneurial Engineers

July 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Next generation of engineers will combine innovation and entrepreneurial know-how with technical skills to power the nation’s growth.

The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $10 million grant to launch a national center for teaching innovation and entrepreneurship in engineering, based at Stanford University. Directed by the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), the entrepreneurship center at Stanford’s School of Engineering, the new center addresses the critical need for innovative and entrepreneurial engineers. STVP’s key partner on this initiative is the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA).

The center, which launches operation in September 2011, will catalyze major changes in undergraduate engineering programs by developing an education, research and outreach hub for the creation, collection and sharing of resources among the almost 350 engineering schools in the United States… [more]

Learn more about the initiative [web]
Stanford Technology Ventures Progam [web]
NCIIA [web] [Facebook]

I-CORPS – NSF Innovation Corps [web]

NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) is a new effort to help develop scientific and engineering discoveries into useful technologies, products and processes.The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, a public-private partnership, will connect NSF-funded scientific research with the technological, entrepreneurial and business communities to help create a stronger national ecosystem for innovation that couples scientific discovery with technology development and societal needs (www.nsf.gov/i-corps).

The pharmaceutical industry is seeking stronger ties with academia in a bid to speed up drug development

June 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Drug Buddies

From Nature:

“When pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced on 8 June that it is teaming up with eight research institutions in the Boston area to hunt for candidate drugs, the news was cheered from all sides. The governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick, praised the US$100-million, five-year deal for the jobs it would bring to the region. Eric Buehrens, interim chief executive of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, one of the academic partners, extolled the benefits to scientific research. Pfizer says that the partnerships will accelerate development of the next generation of drugs…”

READ FULL ARTICLE [web]
Pfizer forms Boston medical partnership, plans $100M investment [web]
GSK Report: What Big Pharma seeks in Developing Partnerships with Academia [web, pdf]