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University Business Xchange is a global networking group aimed at promoting the interaction, collaboration, and partnership between universities and businesses.
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University-Industry Partnerships and the Two Cultures of Science: The Case of US Agriculture Biotechnology

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Collaboration yields open source technology for computational science

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The gap between the computational science and open source software communities just got smaller - thanks to an international collaboration among national laboratories, universities and industry.
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Capturing the value of university-business collaboration in education requires flexible approach to measurement tools

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Co-operation between businesses and universities is now firmly on the agenda. However, co-operation in the field of education plays something of a runner-up to co-operation in the field of research...
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Raytheon's $50m will help start UMass Lowell campus in Kuwait - Boston Globe

Raytheon's $50m will help start UMass Lowell campus in Kuwait - Boston Globe | University Business Xchange | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON ­­— Waltham-based Raytheon Co. is planning to invest at least $50 million over the next seven years to establish a campus in Kuwait for the University of Massachusetts Lowell, officials said.
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Western Washington University students work with Microsoft on User Experience ... - Redmond Reporter

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Western Washington University students pursuing the new User Experience (UX) Design minor collaborated with Microsoft on a project called “Collaboration + Cloud 2020” for their senior capstone course.
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Keynote Carl Schramm at the 2014 University-Industry Interaction Conference

The keynote speech of Professor Carl Schramm at the 2014 University-Industry Interaction Conference in Barcelona. For more information on future events, plea...
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Collaborate to Succeed: Harnessing the Power of University-Business Partnerships

Research 21: Engaging with ideas from the Faculty of the Professions. Carolin Plewa from the School of Marketing & Management discusses "Collaborate to Succe...
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House of Commons - Business-University Collaboration - Business, Innovation and Skills Committee

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University-Industry Interaction Conference at the heart of Europe's innovation engine

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IBM and DCU create master’s degree in big data, analytics and smart cities

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IBM and Dublin City University (DCU) have collaborated to create a new master’s degree programme in computer science with an emphasis on big data, business analytics, and smart cities.

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University-business cooperation benefits all | Research Media

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Evidence of universities collaborating externally with business is increasing, with some examples of science playing a crucial role in regional development.
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Educating seafood industry about R & D management

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Nofima is collaborating with the University of Tromsø to run a course on management of R & D.
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News | AgProfessional

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A University of Oregon spinout company that has developed a wireless soil sensor to detect nitrate levels in fields that could help farmers reduce fertilizer use by up to 30 percent, has been awarded Oregon BEST commercialization funding to fast-track the product to the marketplace.

Because plants can absorb only so much nitrogen, approximately 30 percent of the fertilizer applied to North American soils is wasted due to over-application and runoff. With U.S. farmers spending $12 billion annually on fertilizer, the new supramolecular sensor technology, discovered by accident by chemists at the UO, could lead to significant savings in fertilizer purchases, as well as in labor and fuel costs associated with fertilizer application.

It could also help reduce pollution from fertilizer runoff.

"In addition to the potential economic savings for farmers, our sensors will also help reduce groundwater pollution caused by excess nitrates that flow from cultivated fields into streams, lakes and oceans," said Calden Carroll, CEO of SupraSensor Technologies. "Excess nitrates are what trigger algal booms that deplete oxygen levels and create dead zones in the water where nothing can live."

Carroll, who earned his PhD in chemistry from the UO in 2011, said nitrates are problematic in fertilizers because they are water soluble, so over-application can lead to nitrates being leached from the soil and into the water system.

The problem is so widespread that the National Academy of Engineering has identified managing the nitrate cycle in agriculture as one of 14 "Grand Challenges" for the 21st century.

Carroll discovered the molecule now used in the sensor "by accident" when he was a graduate student studying supramolecular chemistry—the interactions between molecules—with UO chemistry professors Darren Johnson and Mike Haley (all of whom are co-founders of SupraSensor Technologies).

"Calden's initial result was a happy accident," said Johnson, who is also an adjunct professor at Oregon State University. "We were trying to create a molecular probe to visualize the movement of chloride—not nitrate—through cells to aid research into drug discovery and understanding chloride transport mechanisms in general."

Although the research team knew they had discovered a molecular marker specific for nitrate, it wasn't until later that they realized the implications of the discovery in agriculture and launched the new company.

"How to take a chemical interaction and transduce an electrical signal has been a long-standing problem," said Carroll. "But when nitrogen binds to the molecule we developed, it fluoresces a cool color, and we're able to harness that electronic response to measure nitrate levels."

 

The researchers say the value proposition to their sensor product is the reduced time-to-data it offers farmers. Designed to mimic plant roots and be buried in the soil just below root level, the sensors provide real-time data about soil nitrate levels so farmers can immediately make adjustments to fertilizers and irrigation (applied together, this is called fertigation).

"Currently, obtaining this type of data requires taking multiple soil samples, which involves a lot of labor, and then the wait for lab results," Carroll said. "Our technology's real-time data would enable highly site-specific management of fertigation."

While the company is focused on precision agriculture at the moment, they have their sights set on broader markets.

"We're developing a technology that will allow us to expand into the gardening and home markets, as well as into industrial applications such as drinking water and wastewater monitoring," Carroll said. "Using a supramolecular interaction has the potential to improve a wide range of applications."

The $120,000 from Oregon BEST will support deployment and field testing of 150 sensor prototypes in 12 different geographical locations, in tandem with manual soil testing to ensure the data generated by the sensors is accurate over time and in different soil conditions. The company plans to test the robustness of the sensors throughout a growing season, starting this spring. It is currently seeking farmers of fertilized and irrigated crops willing to participate in the study.

"This project leverages an important scientific discovery and our regional strengths in agriculture to advance a technology that could prove to be transformational in reducing costs for farmers and pollution in our planet's water systems," said David Kenney, President and Executive Director of Oregon BEST. "Oregon BEST is happy to be able to help accelerate this effort."

The Oregon BEST funding is also enabling acquisition of equipment, including a UV-Vis spectrometer, and expansion of one of the analysis labs in the UO's CAMCOR facility that will aid future sensor development work at the university.

The company previously participated in the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program, winning the "Best Team" Award out of 25 teams that participated in the 6-month course. In addition to the Oregon BEST funds, the company was awarded a $180,000 National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant and a $250,000 Gap Grant from ONAMI.

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Honda picks Tokyo over Silicon Valley for AI research center

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Honda will spearhead its artificial intelligence efforts out of a new lab in Tokyo so that researchers can work closely with its engineers to commercialize the technology.
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Research series: University-Industry Relations

In this video Dr Markus Perkmann explains his research on the challenges of university-industry collaboration including the barriers and incentives for acade...
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University and Business Partnerships: Looking to the Future

AUCC university presidents address the importance of university and business partnerships.
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Tech transfer office can help a professor turn intellectual gifts into gold - Crain's Detroit Business

Tech transfer office can help a professor turn intellectual gifts into gold - Crain's Detroit Business | University Business Xchange | Scoop.it
Coming up with a technological breakthrough is a feather in a university researcher's cap. But taking that brilliant notion, and forming a profitable business, involves another degree of difficulty.
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How to Build an Innovation Superhub

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UBC's new president Arvind Gupta feels universities and businesses need to work together. And he has a plan for how to make it happen
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How to get the most out of university business collaboration

What's the best way to collaborate for smaller businesses? Thousands of companies have found success by following the '5 Cs' of collaboration, explained in t...
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Industry-University Partnerships Will Drive Educational Innovation

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Check out the Op-ed Piece by Dr. Ayoub Kazim, MD, TECOM Investments (Education Cluster) on the upcoming #IUPForum http://t.co/QZe0s0ohKE
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Committe to publish its Report on Business-University Collaboration - News from Parliament

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Committe to publish its Seventh Report
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From Science to Business; How Firms Create Value by Partnering with Universities

In what is often called the 'knowledge economy', two actors, universities and firms, play a leading role in creating new knowledge, products, services and jobs. Through efficient and smart partnering models, firms can now leverage their innovative capacity and access valuable knowledge and insights from Universities. Engaging in Knowledge and Technology Transfer activities has become a must for companies relying on innovation to develop and defend their market share.

Following on from Resolving the Innovation paradox, this book documents the good practices world-wide for managing the three main channels for knowledge and technology transfer from universities and public laboratories to firms: collaborative research, licensing and spinning out start up companies.

Beyond traditional partnerships models built around patents and technology, firms must source Universities' non technical knowledge, such as societal trends, business models, anthropological or geopolitical issues. Two additional transformational themes run across the book. First, massive innovation is required to move the world towards a more sustainable state. Second, China and India are fast emerging sources of innovations for the word.

 

contents:

Firms Engage with Universities in Many Different Ways
Collaborative Research between Firms and Universities
Firms Accessing University Technology through Licensing
Firms Accessing University Technology via Spin Outs
SMEs Must Engage with Universities
Best Practice for Firm-university Partnerships
The Way Forward
Selected Bibliography

 

DR GEORGES HAOUR is Professor of Technology& Innovation Management. He also acts as an adviser to firms and organizations in his area of value-creation through effective management of the innovation process, as well as commercialization of technology.

LAURENT MIEVILLE is Director of Unitec, the Technology Transfer Office at the Univeristy of Geneva, Switzerland.

 

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From Science to Business

How Firms Create Value by Partnering with Universities

Georges Haour and Laurent Mieville

Palgrave Macmillan, 2010

 

 


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Gartner CIO Academy: A collaboration with University of Oxford Saïd Business School

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Industrial and academic collaboration: hybrid models for research and innovation diffusion

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(2014). Industrial and academic collaboration: hybrid models for research and innovation diffusion. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management: Vol. 36, No. 1, pp. 2-14.

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Paper discusses private-public partnerships between industry, public sector and research partners. Further, the paper discusses Academic-Industrial collaborations and introduces Innovation Diffusion Model (IDM) which promotes innovation diffusion by bringing academic and industrial experts into close proximity.

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University of Calgary, Beijing centre partner on energy-extraction research - The Globe and Mail

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Canadian university and Chinese industrial group aim to unlock the Asian country’s vast unconventional gas reserves
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