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White House Picks University of Tennessee to Lead National Composites Manufacturing Institute

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President Obama’s announcement Friday that the UT Knoxville will lead the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, or IACMI, a $259 million public-private partnership, received ample media coverage locally and nationwide. Business journals in cities such as Boston, Chicago, and Atlanta featured stories on the institute which reflects a $70 million commitment from the US

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UT researchers create kit to detect disease

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WATE-TV‘s Lori Tucker talked with Jayne Wu, associate professor of computer science and electrical engineering in the College of Engineering, and Shigetoshi Eda, associate professor in the Institute of Agriculture Center for Wildlife Health within the Department of Forestry, about their development of an innovative disease detection technology. The technology is closer to mass production.

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Six Teams to Compete for $25,000 In Tennessee Venture Challenge

Six startup companies will vie for $25,000 to help kick-start the commercialization of their ideas in the Tennessee Venture Challenge on Thursday, April 3. The UT Research Foundation will host the inaugural event from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. at The Foundry, 747 Worlds Fair Park Drive. The event is free and open to the public. Come learn more about the exciting research and ideas coming out of the university.

Tennessee Venture Challenge To Award $25,000 To UT Startups

Beginning in February, several UT researchers will be competing for a chance to win $25,000 and the opportunity to turn their ideas into startup companies in the Tennessee Venture Challenge, a new business plan competition sponsored by the UT Research Foundation. UTRF will launch the challenge at 4:00 p.m. on February 4 with a kick-off party and workshop at the UTRF Business Incubator.

News Sentinel: UT Research Foundation awards funding grants

The Knoxville News Sentinel featured a professor who hopes his cutting-edge research with bioluminescent zebrafish leads to cures for some human diseases is among the recipients of funding from the UT Research Foundation Multi-Disciplinary office. Steve Ripp, research assistant professor in the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, is among eight groups of faculty inventors at UT

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UT Technology Named a 2013 Top Innovation

Technology developed by UT researchers that lights up cells to enable study of the effects of drugs and monitor disease is among The Scientist magazine’s top ten innovations of 2013. Most bioluminescent tests, or tests that light up cells, only temporarily generate a light signal. The UT technology genetically modifies the cells so they light up in response to specific stimuli that can be monitored over time.

Two Professors Receive UTRF Maturation Funding

This year the UT Research Foundation is awarding $120,000 to eight inventors. Two professors are recipients of the maturation awards. Steve Ripp, research assistant professor in the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, received support for developing bioluminescent zebrafish as a tool for high-throughput drug screening. Ziling (Ben) Xue, professor in chemistry, received an award for a novel chemical sensor with high sensitivity toward biodiesel contaminant in jet fuel and diesel.

UTRF Launches Business Plan Competition for Academic-Affiliated Startups

The UT Research Foundation has announced the formation of a new business plan competition called Tennessee Venture Challenge. TVC is open to start-up companies engaged in commercializing intellectual property created at UT. Finalists will have a chance to win a share of the $25,000 in cash. The competition begins in April of next year.