The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has executed an exclusive licensing agreement with the newly formed Pyrochem Catalyst Corp. for two NETL-developed technologies related to a novel fuel-reforming catalyst. This agreement marks the first time that an NETL-licensed technology has been used as a basis for the creation of a start-up company.
Accelrys, Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Accelrys Software Inc., has acquired privately-held Contur Software AB. Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Contur provides cost-effective Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) software solutions which enable scientific organizations to document their research and development processes and to capture their intellectual property (IP).
Oclaro, Inc., a provider of optical communications and laser solutions, announced that its 9xx nm high-power laser diode bars have been selected by Pantec Biosolutions, a provider of epidermal medical applications, for use in its next-generation P.L.E.A.S.E. (Precise Laser Epidermal System) platform.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced that it has acquired Sterilin Ltd., a provider of consumable products for microbiology, life science, and clinical laboratories. The acquisition includes a broad portfolio of single-use laboratory products used in sample collection, storage, and analysis.
Life Technologies Corp. announced that the company has signed a collaborative agreement with San Diego-based Gen-Probe Inc. to assist Gen-Probe in obtaining FDA regulatory clearance for transplant diagnostic and other assays to be run on Life’s 3500 Dx Genetic Analyzer.
In rating the severity of the Fukushima accident as a Level 7 major accident, the highest possible level, the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale has prompted another kind of fallout. Richard Wakefield, a radiological protection specialist at the Univ. of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute, is questioning the accuracy of the system, which also placed Chernobyl at Level 7 despite that reactor's much greater release of radiation, and thinks media confusion will result.
Last Friday, the manager of most of the electricity in the Pacific Northwest put wind farms on notice that they may be shut down on short notice. A cold, wet spring has given hydroelectric dams so much potential energy that the energy grid is at capacity. The move could precipitate a legal battle between wind farm owners and the U.S. government.
Siemens Healthcare has appointed Gregory Sorensen, MD, as CEO of Siemens Healthcare in the U.S., effective June 1, 2011. Sorensen succeeds Randy Hill, who has served as interim CEO. Dr. Sorensen will also oversee the Canadian activities of Siemens Healthcare.
Bruker announced new order bookings for multiple Bruker tools from a global semiconductor foundry, totaling over $10 million.
PerkinElmer, Inc. announced that it has acquired Geospiza, Inc., a developer of software systems for the management of genetic analysis and laboratory workflows delivered through a Web-based secure cloud computing environment.
A patent battle between two technology heavyweights, Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp., has entered court as they try to stake their territory in the European mobile phone market. The dispute centers on alleged patent infringement by ZTE on Huawei’s fourth-generation mobile technology. At stake are billions of dollars in future sales.
Additive manufacturing system maker Stratasys has acquired Solidscape, Inc. for $38 million plus certain purchase price adjustments.
IDBS, a global provider of data management, analytics, and modeling solutions, announced that BASF has selected IDBS to deliver a data management and process development platform across its global research organization.
TextOre's licensing of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Piranha is enabling the Virginia-based company to introduce a powerful search and mining tool capable of processing large amounts of text data from the Internet.
Two new patented sorbents used for carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) capture from coal-based power plants have moved closer to commercialization as a result of a licensing agreement between the National Energy Technology Laboratory and ADA Environmental Solutions.
PerkinElmer, Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire CambridgeSoft Corp., and has completed the purchase of ArtusLabs, Inc.
Argonne National Laboratory and Nalco Company have reached a licensing agreement for an electrodeionization technology that will help reduce the cost of producing clean energy and of the chemicals and water used in industry. The separations technology can process biomass-based feedstocks into biofuels and chemicals.
A Stanford lawsuit that began as a patent infringement case against a drug company has evolved into a dispute over a federal law that promotes the commercialization of government-sponsored research and protects ownership rights of universities to inventions arising from government-sponsored research.
Beckman Coulter, Inc. and Danaher announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Danaher will acquire all of Beckman Coulter's outstanding common stock for $83.50 per share in cash (without interest), representing an approximate 45% premium over the closing price of Beckman Coulter's common stock on December 9, 2010 before rumors of an acquisition entered the marketplace. The transaction is valued at approximately $6.8 billion, including debt assumed and net of cash acquired.
The report from Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, called “Best Practices in Merit Review”, is calling for reform of all of processes supporting the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy research and development effort to reflect a sense of urgency.
Argonne National Laboratory has licensed its cathode technology to Envia Systems, based in Newark, Calif. The deal marks the fifth licensing agreement for the Argonne-developed cathode technology.
More immigrants live in the U.S. today than at any time since 1910. There are more immigrants living in the U.S. than there are Canadians. In reflecting on the wave of anti immigration sentiment that has swept the country in
J. Dan Bates, President, Southwest Research Institute answers questions related to R&D Magazine's 2010 Independent R&D Organizations Report.
One truly benign way of cutting costs is reducing the tax burden. In industries from chemicals to software, from agriculture to fashion, and at every level, taking full advantage of a tax credit provided by the federal and many state governments to encourage innovation and competitiveness—the R&D tax credit—enables companies to achieve remarkable tax savings.
Patent valuation is one of the trickiest tasks a company can face, according to patent law expert David Wanetick with The Business Development Academy, who has written a primer on how valuation—and vulnerability—can affected by many factors.