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Medical device research and innovation leads to prominent endowment for professor

NOVEMBER 24, 2020 — Teja Guda, associate professor in the UTSA College of Engineering’s biomedical engineering and chemical engineering departments, has been named the Jacobson Distinguished Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The $500,000 endowment was established in 2013, with a goal of promoting innovation and technology entrepreneurship at the university.

The endowed professorship will help Guda and students under him continue their work on new medical device therapies with physicians, researchers and scientists, as well as collaborators at the UT Health Medical Center, Southwest Research Institute, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, and in the military and biomedical industries. Both undergraduate and graduate students will be working with Guda to develop devices and regenerative medicine therapies for clinical and translational use.

“He has been working to promote innovative research, student success and entrepreneurial training since he began as a faculty member at UTSA.”

“I was delighted, grateful and motivated when I

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Breakthrough Properties’ Life Science Fund Raises $1B

Breakthrough Properties, a joint venture formed in 2019 by Tishman Speyer and Bellco Capital, has completed the initial close of the Breakthrough Life Science Property Fund. The fund has raised $1 billion in capital and co-investments and is continuing to seek additional capital for a perpetual investment vehicle attached to the fund.

Breakthrough Properties will utilize the fund to develop and acquire lab facilities in top life science markets globally.

Today, the needs of life science companies are rapidly evolving, due in large part to new market dynamics created by the pandemic. “The life science industry has experienced unprecedented productivity, innovation and scientific discovery in recent years as biotechnology and technology have been converging. The events of 2020 have further fueled the need for scientific innovations,” said Arie Belldegrun, co-chairman of Breakthrough and chairman of Bellco, said in a statement about the firm’s investment strategy.

Venture capital investment is playing

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NPL and Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) collaborate in quantum computing

LONDON, Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) are working with Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) to accelerate research and development to support the commercialisation and optimisation of their quantum technologies, such as IronBridge™, and help with the characterisation of photonic components. This includes the metrology of emerging ultra-low loss optical connectors, for example, to meet the exacting requirements of IEC standards for improving the efficiency of quantum optical networks.

CQC’s IronBridge™ is a photonic quantum device, built to provide high grade entropy to be used for post-quantum encryption algorithms, cached entropy generation for IoT devices, key generation for certificates, quantum watermarking and many other use cases in cybersecurity, science, engineering, finance and gaming by utilising verifiable quantum randomness.

NPL is the UK’s National Metrology Institute and home to the Quantum Metrology Institute, which brings together NPL’s cutting-edge quantum science and metrology research and provides the

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TOP 6 Beauty Trends of 2020 — Revel in the most celebrated trends and product innovations unveiled in CosmoTrends

HONG KONG, Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In this time of great upheaval, it is critical to keep thinking forward. Cosmoprof Asia is pleased to present the latest CosmoTrends report curated by renowned global beauty trend forecasting agency BEAUTYSTREAMS. Products that made it to this online report are selected from exhibitors of Cosmoprof Asia Digital Week 2020 due to their unique innovations and features that are able to meet people’s skincare and beauty needs.

During the pandemic when travel is limited, the CosmoTrends report provides a vital perspective on the beauty market and is truly a must-have for all in the industry. For the full CosmoTrends report featuring 21 shortlisted products, please visit:



This section is all about devices that contribute

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2020 Eureka Prizes go to a ‘milkshake for malaria’, ABC’s Coronacast and an energy-making sewerage system

From potential new diabetes therapies, to an environmentally friendly sewage treatment system, this year’s Eureka Prizes have acknowledged a diverse group of brilliant minds tackling pressing global problems.

University of Technology Sydney researcher Qilin Wang received the Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher, for developing a technology that can transform energy-intensive, high-emission sewage treatment plants into low-emission plants that produce energy instead. The technology is currently being commercialised.

The Prize for Excellence in Data Science was awarded to Sydney University of Technology Professor Dacheng Tao. His research into artificial intelligence and deep learning theory led to the development of innovative algorithms that allow improved object detection and image enhancement, such as is required for self-driving cars.

Monash University Professor Mark Febbraio has been recognised with the Prize for Scientific Research, for his discovery of a compound that could improve glucose metabolism.

This would allow the development of new drug therapies

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Science and tech companies can scale faster in innovation districts

Scaling is one of the biggest challenges any company faces, requiring founders and leaders to set aside their science and innovation skills, and become experts in finance, recruitment, networking and administration. Finding the right people and organisations can help bridge that knowledge – and that’s easier when you’re based in an innovation district.

Research from Bruntwood SciTech has revealed that access to talent, the NHS, universities and the public sector are key needs for science and technology businesses – along with being part of a sector-specific community. Bruntwood SciTech’s innovation districts can be found in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham – but there’s more to it than just a convenient location. Alongside a community of like-minded companies, such innovation districts bring access to business support, financial assistance and a deep-rooted understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the science and tech sector.

Help with all of those aspects is key

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H&M And Adidas Join Industry Consortium Partners Delivering A Blueprint For Circular Fashion

Transforming the fashion industry from its linear ‘take, make, waste’ model to a circular one, where materials are perpetually recycled, is considered the ‘holy grail’ of sustainability.  With global apparel consumption projected to rise by 63% to 102 million tons in 2030, and an increase in clothing being sent to landfill accordingly (the Ellen MacArthur Foundation reports that $500 billion of value is lost every year due to clothing underutilisation and a lack of recycling), achieving circularity is becoming even more critical. It has remained elusive, however, with collaborative system-wide changes across the fashion supply chain required in order to ‘close the loop.’ The focus of fashion brands to date has been on somewhat isolated initiatives, including encouraging consumers to mend and wear their clothes for longer, clothing resale, rental and recycling.  Whilst consumer efforts

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Dain Leaders tests the digital tracking technology for international students using the ‘Proof of Concept (PoC).’

SEOUL, South Korea, Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Dain Leaders(, a Blockchain edutech specialist, has announced that they have supported the proof of concept (PoC) of Blockchain for international student matching platform.

Dain Leaders joined a recent project of the Ministry of Science and ICT and the National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA) for the proof of concept to prevent forgery and alteration of documents required for the admissions of international students and reduce the amount of work required to verify authenticity for the credibility of admissions process.

There currently are about 160,000 international students from 180 countries taking degree programs and language training courses at colleges in Korea. As more international students are coming to Korea every year, cases of applicants submitting fraudulent documents for illegal employment are also growing. Therefore, it is difficult for the colleges and other educational institutions to verify the authenticity of documents that

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The science of windy cities — ScienceDaily

Global population and urbanization have boomed over the last few decades. With them came scores of new tall buildings, drones, more energy-efficient ventilation systems, and planned air taxis by Uber and other companies. But these technological advancements must contend with a natural physical phenomenon: wind.

Scientists presented the latest findings on modeling and predicting urban airflow — in the hope of building better buildings, cities, and transportation — at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics.

The urban skies of the future could teem with autonomous aircraft: air taxis, drones, and other self-flying systems. A team from Oklahoma State University has developed techniques to model environmental hazards these vehicles might encounter so they can safely navigate cities.

“Urban environments present enormous challenges for drone and urban air mobility platforms,” said researcher Jamey Jacob, who led the team. “In addition to the challenges of traffic

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MCC Adds Computer Science Track to Honors Program

This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

Middlesex Community College strives to help students find their paths and reach their goals. In an effort to continue supporting student success, Middlesex is adding a Computer Science track to the college’s Commonwealth Honors Program (CHP). Participating in CHP nurtures students’ integrity, honesty, perseverance, academic achievement, intellectual curiosity and a collaborative spirit, while honing leadership, research and networking skills.

Binnur Ercem, MCC’s Director of the CHP and Professor of Sociology and Cultural Anthropology, worked with faculty from the Computer Science program to offer five seminars that are eligible for honors credit for students who qualify.

“This new and one-of-a-kind track is the first honors track in a STEM field,” Ercem said. “The track provides an opportunity for computer science majors to take honors courses and to graduate as honors scholars.”

Qualifying MCC students

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