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Federal R & D: The Stimulus Hangover

December 22, 2009 5:59 am | by Martin Grueber, Research Leader, Battelle, Cleveland, Ohio and Tim Studt, Editor in Chief, Advantage Business Media | Articles | Comments

With final appropriations bills still undecided, R&D funding, combined with the Administration’s budget in the remaining departments and agencies, totals currently at $147.9 billion, which is an increase of 0.56%. Unless there are some significant Congressional additions, we are headed toward a baseline FY2010 federal budget that fails to keep up with inflation.

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Biopharm in Flux

December 22, 2009 5:41 am | by Martin Grueber, Research Leader, Battelle, Cleveland, Ohio and Tim Studt, Editor in Chief, Advantage Business Media | Articles | Comments

Less than ten years ago, the U.S. was the epicenter of the pharmaceutical universe, with global firms establishing R&D centers throughout the U.S. to be near where the action was and build on the massive funding at the National Institutes of Health. But a funny thing happened over the past decade.

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Global Perspective: Emerging Nations Gain R & D Ground

December 22, 2009 5:37 am | by Martin Grueber, Research Leader, Battelle, Cleveland, Ohio and Tim Studt, Editor in Chief, Advantage Business Media | Articles | Comments

Over the past two years, the traditional leaders of R&D—the U.S., Europe, and Japan—have struggled to maintain the basic essentials of their economies and have seen their overall R&D programs slide in relation those of emerging economies. The big emerging nations—China, India, and Brazil—were not immune to the global recession.

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A Battelle Perspective On Investing In Healthcare R & D

December 22, 2009 5:36 am | by Martin Grueber, Research Leader, Battelle, Cleveland, Ohio and Tim Studt, Editor in Chief, Advantage Business Media | Articles | Comments

The past several decades have heralded a revolution in the fundamental understanding of disease and disease progression. In particular, researchers have come to recognize the interconnectivity that exists between cellular tissue and organ systems in mammals, and that one system can no longer be studied in isolation.

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Beyond Outsourcing and Off-Shoring—the Globalization of R & D

December 22, 2009 5:29 am | by Martin Grueber, Research Leader, Battelle, Cleveland, Ohio and Tim Studt, Editor in Chief, Advantage Business Media | Articles | Comments

As we have discussed in many recent forecasts, the concept, perception, and impact of R&D “outsourcing” is extremely complex, with ties to high-profile headlines, emotional concerns, bottom-line viability, and even patriotic banter. Depending on one’s perspective, outsourcing is negatively seen as the loss of jobs, R&D leadership, and competiveness, or positively seen as “open innovation,” support for industry/university collaborative research, and global market reach.

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A Battelle Perspective On Investing In Energy R & D

December 22, 2009 5:21 am | by Martin Grueber, Research Leader, Battelle, Cleveland, Ohio and Tim Studt, Editor in Chief, Advantage Business Media | Articles | Comments

The greatest impact on our energy infrastructure in the near future will come from research and development focused on global climate change. Numbers bear this out.

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A Battelle Perspective On Investing In International R & D

December 22, 2009 5:14 am | by Martin Grueber, Research Leader, Battelle, Cleveland, Ohio and Tim Studt, Editor in Chief, Advantage Business Media | Articles | Comments

Battelle recognized the potential for linking its U.S. operations to global research and development years ago and decided in 2005 to open operations in Asia to develop capabilities and laboratories to serve the region’s global markets.

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2010 Global R & D Funding Forecast: An Overview

December 22, 2009 4:56 am | by Martin Grueber, Research Leader, Battelle, Cleveland, Ohio and Tim Studt, Editor in Chief, Advantage Business Media | Articles | Comments

The recession appears to have ended in most countries, with a return to positive economic and R&D growth. For most "advanced economies," this positive growth is likely to be relatively small, from 0.5% to 3.5% GDP growth.

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Global R & D Funding Forecast Resources

December 22, 2009 4:14 am | by Martin Grueber, Research Leader, Battelle, Cleveland, Ohio and Tim Studt, Editor in Chief, Advantage Business Media | Articles | Comments

The following Web sites are good sources of information related to the global R&D enterprise

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Specialized beamforming module for PC platforms

December 22, 2009 3:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pentek is introducing two beamformer PCIe modules to its expansive product line. Each is a high-speed software radio board for processing baseband RF or IF signals and incorporates powerful beamforming functions. Created to accelerate system level design and lower system cost, the boards bring high-performance built-in features and connectivity to PC platforms.

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EDS system for the masses

December 22, 2009 3:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

EDAX Inc. has launched its TEAM EDS system that puts the knowledge of an EDS expert into every analysis system. TEAM EDS with Smart Features provides analytical intelligence that allows users to obtain higher quality and more reliable results.  

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Software To the Rescue

December 21, 2009 10:19 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

The virtual working environment—a fancy term for the computer desktop—can be a sensitive subject for designers and engineers. It is the place where most of today’s developers spend much of their time, and it is rapidly becoming the place where valuable time and effort is lost in the research and development process.

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Robotics Brought to the Benchtop

December 21, 2009 9:56 am | by Lindsay Hock | Articles | Comments

In life science applications, sample preparation is crucial to any research project. With that knowledge, Symyx (Sunnyvale, Calif.) created a benchtop platform system that excels in doing complex sample preparation for a variety of life science analytics.

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Moving Life Science Research Out of the Dark

December 21, 2009 9:51 am | by Lindsay Hock | Articles | Comments

When using a fluorescence imaging microscope, a staple for life science research, researchers usually have to invest in dark rooms. Knowing that researchers’ time is precious, as well as the space they work in, Olympus created the FSX100 and the FluoView FV10i microscopes, that allow researchers to actually save space in laboratories and remove the need for dark rooms for fluorescence imaging experiments.

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A Micro Spectrophotometer

December 21, 2009 9:45 am | by Lindsay Hock | Articles | Comments

While some companies make the decision to take floor-standing instruments down to the benchtop, other companies market their analytical products for the benchtop initially. One such company is Shimadzu Scientific Instruments. Benefiting the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, environmental, biochemistry, and polymer industries, the new UV-1800 is part of Shimadzu’s natural progression of spectrophotometers.

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