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Inside the lab at Garwood Medical Devices.

Jackson Hobble, a biomedical engineer at Garwood Medical Devices and a UB biomedical engineering graduate, works in the company’s lab. He is using an in vitro model to test the electrical stimulation technique that BioPrax™ employs to treat infections. Photo: Douglas Levere

By JESSICA SZKLANY

Published December 2, 2020

headshot of Mark Ehrensberger.

Batman and Robin. Peanut butter and jelly. Jobs and Wozniak. Like for these famous duos, when universities and companies join forces, they can achieve far greater impact.

Such is the case for a team of UB researchers and Buffalo-based startup Garwood Medical Devices, who, in partnership, have been awarded $749,000 to evaluate a medical device that utilizes UB-licensed technology and bring it one step closer to clinical use in amputee patients.

The device, called BioPrax™, was created to prevent, control and eliminate bacterial biofilm infections associated with orthopedic implants — a common, costly and potentially devastating problem.

“Metallic implants,

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University of Surrey launches 6G innovation centre | Science & Tech News

Although it will still be a few years before the fifth generation of mobile communications technology is in operation around the UK, research for 6G is already under way.

It wasn’t until 3G was launched in the mid-2000s that web browsing became ubiquitous on smartphones.

4G then allowed for video and music streaming, and 5G is expected to deliver more augmented reality applications and bring enormous industrial benefits too.

A new innovation centre at the University of Surrey is now preparing for 6G, which could enable the communication of physical sensations across the world instantaneously.

Speaking to The Times, Professor Alan Woodward said he expected medicine would be one of the first specialised fields to get 6G coverage.

“You can imagine being a surgeon on the other side of the world and you’ve got robotic hands inside somebody,” he said.

“In that scenario, you don’t want any perceptible delay between

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It’s A Masterclass In Innovation At University Arms, Cambridge

When Martin Brudnizki – the most ‘starry’ interior designer on the scene – got his hands on the oldest hotel in Cambridge – back in 2018 – you knew the outcome would be something special. Brudnizki’s aesthetic is widely sought after in the hospitality industry, guaranteed to gain any name some column inches due to his knack of bringing a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ to the latest hotels, restaurants and bars across the world. 

His unmistakeable signature can be seen in the fanciful, maximalist heaven that is Annabel’s and the pretty, Art Deco-inspired Brasserie of Light restaurant in Selfridges. Then there’s the revamped Victorian opulence of The Beekman in New York to the gritty-glamour vibe of Soho Beach House Miami. The Brudnizki touch is fantastical yet refined, fun yet knowledgeable  –

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UT named an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University

The designation was only given to three universities in 2020 and acknowledges UT’s involvement in the growth and development of Tennessee.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee is the state’s flagship university — it has several programs designed to help people across Tennessee. On Tuesday, it was named an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

It was one of only three universities to earn the designation in 2020, officials said.

“We are always looking for new and better ways to increase access to education, make important discoveries, develop our state’s workforce and enhance quality of life for all Tennesseans,” Chancellor Donde Plowman said. “This designation recognizes what we are already doing and opens new doors for the future.” 

The university has several partnerships among communities across the state. Officials said that the annual Engagement and Outreach Conference brings university and community officials

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Veriheal Advocates Diversity, Education And Innovation For Cannabis Tech

The medical marijuana business has boomed in recent years. While the powerful plant has been applied for centuries, these days, it’s available in multiple methods of intake — from oils and tinctures, to inhalants, to pills and other edible forms.

Alongside the progress of medical cannabis, cannatech platforms have emerged — platforms that connect patients with licensed doctors online, allowing them access to their state’s medical cannabis program. Veriheal is a healthcare technology program dedicated to providing cannabis education and ensuring the wellness of patients everywhere.

Behind Veriheal are entrepreneurs Joshua Green and Samuel Adetunji, who aim to innovate the medical cannabis landscape. Recognizing the demand for medical marijuana cards, they wanted to use technology to help bridge the gap between patients and access. 

An online portal where patients can apply and receive their medical marijuana cards, the platform also offers access to licensed physicians, dispensary locations and more. It

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PPG PR-2930 structural adhesive earns 2020 Innovation Award from The Adhesive and Sealant Council

State-of-the-art technology pushes performance boundaries for composite armor systems

PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced that PPG PR-2930 structural adhesive received the 2020 Innovation Award from The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) during the virtual 2020 ASC Convention and EXPO, which runs through Nov. 6.

PR-2930 is a state-of-the-art structural adhesive technology that provides composite armor systems with unparalleled performance in the harshest operating environments. Through innovative material design PPG researchers were able to push performance boundaries to achieve high flexibility without sacrificing overall adhesive strength, maximizing the material’s toughness.

“At our PPG research centers, we focus on bridging fundamental polymer properties with formulation and application sciences to produce high performing products,” said David Bem, PPG vice president, science and technology, and chief technology officer. “This award is a testament to our ongoing commitment to our global customers and our drive to achieve innovation excellence.”

The ASC Innovation Awards Program recognizes innovation

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Cerence Drives STEM Learning and Mobility Innovation with the SAE Foundation

Commitment and donation to education, experiential learning and career development to advance a STEM-empowered workforce

BURLINGTON, Mass., Nov. 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cerence Inc. (NASDAQ: CRNC), AI for a world in motion, today announced a new partnership with the SAE Foundation, which encourages and increases student achievement and participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Through a charitable donation to the SAE Foundation, Cerence will help advance equitable STEM learning, ultimately building an inclusive, STEM-empowered workforce that will be key to the Company’s mission of creating the next generation of conversational AI-powered mobility experiences.

One of the most pressing issues facing the rapidly transforming transportation and mobility industry today is the decline of students enrolling in science and technology programs. A strong STEM workforce is essential to take innovation from concept to reality and deliver immersive, multi-modal experiences that seamlessly extend drivers’ digital lives into their cars. Together,

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If a Fish Could Build Its Own Home, What Would It Look Like? | Innovation

As climate change and human depredations destroy ecosystems across the globe, scientists are stepping in to offer beleaguered animals temporary housing. For an octopus in the Mediterranean Sea, that artificial refuge comes as a sunken plastic pipe, while in the Hyères archipelago off France, nesting seabirds can cozy up in semiburied plastic jugs. But some scientists are going further and designing housing from scratch.

At the University of Delaware, for example, ecologist Danielle Dixson has shown that 3-D-printed replicas of natural coral, crafted from a biodegradable cornstarch substrate, can provide temporary scaffolding for a recovering coral reef. Dixson and her colleagues analyzed the necessary structure for reef fish housing—a coral with too many branches prevents fish from fitting inside, but wide gaps allow predators to sneak in and wreak havoc—and concluded that nature had already gotten it right.

Other researchers are stretching their imaginations even more. If these replacement homes

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Antai College of Economics and Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University awarded the WRDS-SSRN Innovation Prize

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) and SSRN are pleased to announce the Antai College of Economics and Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, as the 2020 WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award winner for the Asia Pacific region.

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2020 Asia Pacific region winner of WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award. (Photo: Business Wire)

The WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award series elevates the visibility of impact-focused research and the institutions that conduct it. Each year, awards are presented to rising business schools from North America, Europe and Asia Pacific regions to highlight innovation and research excellence. Together, WRDS and SSRN, the world’s leading scholarly research network, are advancing impact-focused research, changing policy and practice at regulatory, national and global levels. In addition to the Innovation Award, the organizations have developed the WRDS Research Paper Series, a searchable repository of WRDS-cited papers submitted to SSRN.

As a part of

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Innovation spins spider web architecture into 3-D imaging technology

Innovation spins spider web architecture into 3D imaging technology
A spiderweb-inspired fractal design is used for hemispherical 3D photodetection to replicate the vision system of arthropods. Credit: Sena Huh/Purdue University

Purdue University innovators are taking cues from nature to develop 3-D photodetectors for biomedical imaging.


The Purdue researchers used some architectural features from spider webs to develop the technology. Spider webs typically provide excellent mechanical adaptability and damage-tolerance against various mechanical loads such as storms.

“We employed the unique fractal design of a spider web for the development of deformable and reliable electronics that can seamlessly interface with any 3-D curvilinear surface,” said Chi Hwan Lee, a Purdue assistant professor of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering. “For example, we demonstrated a hemispherical, or dome-shaped, photodetector array that can detect both direction and intensity of incident light at the same time, like the vision system of arthropods such as insects and crustaceans.”

The Purdue technology uses the structural architecture of

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