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Technology Highlights - October 2014

Hydrocarbon Recovery Process for Fractured Reservoirs
Dr. Tayfun Babadagli and his team of researchers in the Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta have patented a novel recovery methodology aimed at extracting heavy oil/bitumen from fractured carbonates.
Nanotubes and Compositions Thereof
The patent describes a biologically inspired coating for medical implants using rosette nanotubes functionalized with a bioactive peptide that promotes cell growth. This relieves patients from inflammation, infection and implant loosening that is associated with conventional metal implants.

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TEC Edmonton honours U of A researchers and spin-off companies at "Innovation ... Makes Sense"

Incoming Alberta Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education Don Scott perhaps summed up the reason for TEC Edmonton’s “Innovation … Makes Sense” event at the University of Alberta’s Timms Centre on Tuesday, October 7, 2014.

“My young daughter asked me, ‘Daddy, what’s your new job?’ I tried to make it as simple as possible for her. I told her, ‘I’m the minister for the future.’ ”

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TEC Edmonton offers two-day workshop for new entrepreneurs on Oct. 17 and 18, Nov. 21 and 22, Business Basics For Innovators

Do you want to start an innovative business, be your own boss, control your own destiny? It's a wonderful goal, especially when you have an idea or concept you're sure will fly.  But sometimes you're just not sure where to start. TEC Edmonton, an  incubator and accelerator for startup companies,  is here to assist soon-to-be innovative entrepreneurs - just like you. The first step for budding entrepreneurs is to participate in TEC Edmonton's Business Basics for Innovators (BBFI) a two-day workshop held once-a-month in downtown Edmonton, usually on a  Friday and Saturday.  During these two-day applied sessions TEC advisors work with you on the practical aspects of operating a business, and on strategic planning to successfully run and grow your company. We help you set up 30-60-90 day action plans to assess your opportunities and strengths, set priorities and access resources to push forward. The next BBFI sessiond take place Oct. 17 and 18, Nov. 21 and 22, at TEC ...

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Innovation ... Makes Sense celebrates recent U of A researcher patents

Last year, TEC Edmonton decided to celebrate a rarely acknowledged achievement in the University of Alberta research community. The granting of a patent – the exclusive right to use an invention for a certain number of years – is a long and winding road, from the initial application to regulatory bodies in different countries, to the final granting of the patent. “The patent process is long and excruciating, involving money, effort and time,” says TEC Edmonton Technology Management Vice President Jay Kumar. “The inventors deserve recognition.” Recipients of the 2013 "Innovation... Makes Sense" Patent Awards The inaugural “Innovation … Makes Sense” award ceremony was much appreciated, so much so that a second annual Innovation … Makes Sense will take place on Tuesday, October 7 at 3 p.m. in the Timms Centre on the University of Alberta campus in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Thirteen University researchers and their teams will be ackno ...

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Technology Highlights - September 2014

New Patents

Novel Poly(ethylene oxide)-Block-Poly(ester) Block Copolymers
The technology enables encapsulation of difficult to solubilize drugs, sustained release over time, and selective target delivery capabilities.
A Power Signaling Based Technique for Detecting Islanding Conditions in Electric Power Distribution Systems
The invention generates a continuous signal down a power transmission line from the sub-station to a remote power generator. A novel device on the generator senses the signal, and if there is a disruption in the signal, the device immediately triggers a breaker to disconnect the generator from the power grid to prevent dangerous electrical situations.


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M31's "GoAsAGroup" Solves Group Ticket Sales

Edmonton’s M31 Design Group is an information technology company formed by the Fath Group of Companies to provide sports clubs, specifically Fath’s FC Edmonton soccer team, with sports management software and programs. M31 has an innovative new group booking software system, GoAsAGroup.

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GO Technologies' Moisture Skid Unit

GO Technologies’ “Moisture Skid Unit” is an inexpensive, small-scale unit that captures “waste” natural gas in oil fields where a small portion of natural gas is naturally mixed with the oil flowing up from underground formations. The unit ingeniously feeds the gas from the oil head into its system, measures the amount, scents it (with mercaptan) and pushes it into a low-pressure gas line to augment natural gas supplies to customers near the wellhead.

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TEC Venture Angels invest in four Edmonton startups

Members of the TEC Venture Angels decided to invest in four Edmonton startups – SAM IO and Granify received $200,000 between them. Innovative Trauma Care, back for a third funding round, raised $110,000. VenturePrize runner-up and TEC Centre tenant Log-In Radius was rewarded with $50,000.

The investments from the TEC Venture Angel group represented investor confidence. The four companies have since gone on to leverage the Venture Angel’s initial investments, raising close to $4 million in total.

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Technology Highlights (Aug. 1, 2014)

New Grants
TEC Edmonton has helped Dr. Douglas Barlage in securing an NSERC I2I Phase 1 grant worth $125,000 for developing a novel ZnO source-gated thin film transistor for integrated circuit applications.
New Patents
The University of Alberta has received an issued patent on July 8, 2014 for bisphosphonate conjugated calcitonin compositions to treat bone disorders such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis that were developed by Dr. Michael Doschak’s team in the Faculty of Pharmacy.

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Innovation Council to "strategically align and coordinate" Alberta's innovation ecosystem

Premier Dave Hancock has announced the formation of the Alberta Innovation Council, to provide leadership, clarity and impel action towards the continued evolution of the Alberta innovation system. 
As Alberta has made technological innovation a priority to achieve sustainable prosperity and diversify the Alberta economy, the new council is meant to advise the premier and cabinet on innovation policies, strategies and initiatives – the intent being to create overall strategic alignment and coordination within Alberta’s innovation ecosystem. 

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