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Jan 21, 2021

Are you interested in learning more about technology transfer or taking a class with the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) at the NIH? Attend the Virtual Open House on Monday, March 2 for its online Spring 2021 Academic Programs, including the several courses for its “Advanced Studies in Technology Transfer Program”. The Advanced Studies in Technology Transfer is a low-cost, open enrollment program with class credits transferable into various university graduate degree programs. All courses this semester will be online, so it can easily fit into your schedule.

Jan 11, 2021

The importance of seemingly obscure medical research is often hard for the general public to understand when they are looking into where federal funding goes. In the 70s and 80s, this led to federally funded scientific research often being singled out and awarded Senator Proxmire’s “Golden Fleece Award” for what he considered to be wasteful spending. Out of this grew the Golden Goose Awards, envisioned about 20 years ago and first awarded in 2012.

Dec 15, 2020

On Wednesday, December 16th NCI is showcasing an exciting opportunity to license a technology that has the capability to improve efficacy of HIV vaccines. This method can be used to develop more efficacious vaccine compositions by activating Ras before, during, or after vaccination. Additionally, the researchers discovered that modulation of the Ras pathways could be a predictive biomarker of protection against HIV.

Dec 10, 2020

IRP senior investigator, Richard Youle, Ph.D., received the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his discoveries about the biological roots of Parkinson’s disease. This award is given to someone who makes “transformative advances toward understanding living systems and extending human life.” The award was started by tech company CEOs and founders, garnering the label of being Silicon Valley’s answer to the Nobel Prize.

Dec 2, 2020

It is the Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) project’s tenth birthday. This NIH-funded initiative catalogs gene expression and regulation in tissues. This project consists of a huge library with thousands of genetic variations from 838 donors. This library helps to enhance basic and translational research at NIH. Genotyping is used in a wide spectrum of research, resulting in many technologies that are available to license or collaborate on.

Nov 20, 2020

NIH has a long history of ground-breaking research developments that have led to life-changing vaccines and your organization could be a part of the next important vaccine. The NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) has published an interesting and informative timeline of the various IRP’s contributions to vaccine development that highlight NIH’s involvement in producing vaccines such as smallpox, rubella, hepatitis A, whooping cough, and human papillomavirus (HPV), among many others.

Nov 12, 2020

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Bayh-Dole Act. This historic piece of legislation was passed in order to allow inventors to retain ownership of the IP of inventions made under contract with the federal government. This act resulted in a large increase in public-private collaborations and led to countless scientific advances. According to the Bayh-Dole 40 website, the BDA has increased U.S. economic output by $1.7 trillion and supported 5.9 million jobs.

Oct 12, 2020

The current methods for early detection and surveillance of liver cancer, such as hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), are inadequate. Due to this, scientists at NCI’s Laboratory of Human Carcinogenesis have developed a blood test to check for a patient’s previous exposure to certain viruses that would make them more at risk to develop HCC. Liver cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide and early detection is key to improving mortality, so this new technology could be very impactful and will have a large market.

Oct 5, 2020

Artificial intelligence and computer aided diagnosis (CAD) technologies are on the cutting edge of medical imaging, detection, and diagnosis. Smart technology is becoming increasingly popular as it can help to reduce false positives as a consequence of fatigue and bias from radiologists. The NIH Clinical Center has developed a CAD and eye-tracking system for radiology reading.

Sep 9, 2020

It is estimated that one American develops Alzheimer’s Disease every 65 seconds, with that rate projected to accelerate. Current approaches to treating Alzheimer’s focus on helping people maintain mental function, manage behavioral symptoms, and slow down the symptoms of the disease, but there is nothing on the market that could prevent or reverse neuronal degeneration. This technology offers a way to do just that.