Munich – Health Care Originals won the Health & Wellness category of the Wearables Technologies Innovation World Cup for their Automated Device for Asthma Monitoring and Management (ADAMM) technology. They then went on to beat five other category winners to be named Overall Innovator of 2015/2016. ADAMM was developed at the University of Rochester from a collaboration between Hyekyun Rhee, Ph.D., an associate professor in the School of Nursing, and Mark Bocko, Ph.D., a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, as a means to monitor asthma symptoms in order to predict the onset of an asthma event. Health Care Originals has licensed the technology from the University and has been developing different wearable device configurations to get this innovative technology to the public.
A compound developed to protect the nervous system from HIV surprised researchers by augmenting the effectiveness of an investigational antiretroviral drug beyond anything expected. The potency of the combination treatment, tested so far in mice, suggests that it would be possible to rid the body of HIV for months, reducing the frequency with which patients must take these medications from daily to several times a year.
Telephus Medical LLC (Telephus), a biotechnology company focused on development of antibody therapies for antibiotic-resistant staphylococcal infections, today announced that the Japan Patent Office has issued Japanese patent number 5,837,215 covering monoclonal antibody compositions that bind and neutralize the endo-β-Nacetylglucosaminidase (Gmd) subunit of staphylococcal bifunctional autolysin and methods to use those antibodies for the treatment and prevention of severe, life-threatening staph infections, including those caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
Richard Phipps, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Medicine, is collaborating with Aubrey Woodroof, Ph.D. (founder of PermeaDerm, Inc., and inventor of the first bilaminate, biosynthetic, temporary wound dressing, Biobrane®), and BioDot, Inc. (a leader in the field of dispensing low volumes of fluids and powders) to develop a smart, temporary, and anti-scarring wound dressing.
Read the press release from PermeaDerm here.
The New York Medical Angels are willing to provide early-stage funding to companies centered on medical devices, diagnostics, research tools, and drug development.
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University of Rochester Medical Center researcher Richard P. Phipps, Ph.D., won a top scientific award from the pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk, to collaborate on a new obesity therapy based on his laboratory’s discoveries.
Phipps, the Wright Family Research Professor of Environmental Medicine, is the first UR faculty to receive the competitive Novo Nordisk Diabetes and Obesity Biologics Science Forum Award. The drug company is providing substantial financial support for the two-year project, which is designed to quickly move basic science in diabetes and obesity to an early stage of drug development known as proof-of-principle.
The Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences (CEIS) works with companies and universities to advance scientific knowledge, stimulate economies, and make cool stuff happen. Read about a few of their exciting current projects at the Democrat & Chronicle or USA Today.
Reuters has compiled a list of the 100 most innovative universities on the planet. It is no surprise to anyone that Stanford tops that list. Rochester is proud to be included, too. Read the complete story here.
The first issue of UR Ventures Technology Review is out and available here.