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Technology Highlights - November 14

TEC Edmonton helps researchers protect, develop and commercialize new technologies.   New Patents Method for the Organocatalytic Activation of Carboxylic Acids for Chemical Reactions Using Orthosubstituted Arylboronic Acids Patent No. 8,822,720 - Dr. Dennis Hall, Dr. Olivier Marion, Dr. Raed Al-Zoubi   On September 2, 2014, Dr. Dennis Hall of the Chemistry Department at the University of Alberta, in collaboration with former post-doc Dr. Olivier Marion and former student Dr. Raed Al-Zoubi, received issued U.S. patent, No. 8,822,720, titled "Method for the Organocatalytic Activation of Carboxylic Acids for Chemical Reactions Using Orthosubstituted Arylboronic Acids".   The patent describes a synthetic chemistry method to create what are known as "amide bonds", a very common structure often found in high value pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals.  Unlike traditional methods, this chemistry allows the reaction to be done in a simple fashion at ...

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Nano-computing potential at University of Alberta attracts Lockheed Martin

   Dr. Robert Wolkow’s atomic silicon quantum dot cells can create the same on-and-off positions as is done today with computer transistors. The University of Alberta professor's technology may result in new nano-computing devices.  The future of computing just might be located on the fourth floor of the National Institute for Nanotechnology Building on the University of Alberta campus, in the headquarters of Quantum Silicon Inc, or QSi. QSi is the commercialization vehicle for some 30 years of research by nano-science researcher and physics professor Dr. Robert Wolkow. Dr. Wolkow’s expertise lies in his deep understanding of the atomic structure of silicon, uncovering fundamental scientific knowledge that can lead to new industrial products and processes at the nano-level. Before delving into QSi’s potential to make faster, lighter and extremely efficient computers, QSi CEO Ken Gordonreviews the current technology used in the computer industry. “The semi-con ...

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TEC Edmonton's Health Accelerator + Innovate Calgary's Kinetica Ventures get funding go-ahead

TEC Edmonton's TEC Health Accelerator to grow health-care companies and Innovate Calgary's Kinetica Ventures to help high-tech energy sector companies are green-lighted with $6 million in funding over five years from the Government of Canada's Venture Capital Action Plan.

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Delta Genomics now a full-fledged not-for-profit genomic testing service

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada-based Delta Genomics, a University of Alberta spin-off “project” is now a fully independent,  fee-for-service, but not-for-profit genomic testing service that is set to directly improve Canadian livestock and thereby indirectly enhance world-wide animal protein production.

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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 Business Basics For Innovators workshop for new entrepreneurs on Dec. 12-13, Jan. 16-17, Feb. 20-21

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. Choose from any of the upcoming BBFI sessions: December 12-13, 2014 ...

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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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