WSU Regents Professor Juming Tang is well-versed in moving discoveries developed in the lab to the marketplace. Recently, the global research journal International Innovation featured the technologies he developed through years of basic research that could revolutionize pre-packaged food. The feature also included a Q&A that gives insight into the process of getting new technologies to the public.
This academic year held several cleantech milestones for WSU – from winning the CleanTech Achievement award in November to breaking ground on the PACCAR Environmental Technology building in May. This month, Washington’s cleantech industry can get a glimpse into the innovation driving those milestones by attending the third annual CleanTech Showcase. Several faculty will present their research and commercialization activities in alternative fuel, sustainable design, and advanced materials – three of WSU’s major cleantech strengths.
In September, nearly 600 police executives, managers, trainers, and officers will observe the launch of Counter Bias Training Simulation developed at WSU, thanks in part to the Commercialization Gap Fund.
“Without the gap fund, we would not be able to get our interactive training into the hands of the police officers who will benefit,” said Lois James, the researcher who developed the training.
It’s June again – one of our favorite months because it brings WSU researchers to Seattle to share technologies developed in the lab with local life science and cleantech industries. This post is your guide to the WSU technologies and startup companies you can see at Life Science Innovation Northwest June 1-2. » More …
Researchers: Jacob Leachman, Patrick Adam, Ian Richardson, Elijah Shoemake
Problem: Our dependence on oil and the pollution created by burning fossil fuels has prompted a tremendous amount of research and development of alternative fuel options. Liquified hydrogen – which can be used in fuel cells to power electric car and aircraft – is one of the cleanest alternative fuel options that can also be produced in the U.S. from a variety of sources. Current methods to liquefy hydrogen are difficult and costly, however, keeping this promising alternative fuel source from widespread adoption.
Solution: Members from Protium Innovations pioneered several foundational technologies while at WSU that will enable renewable producers to increase the value of their energy and to create a new market for selling their excess capacity. » More …
Mixing stainless steel with titanium is an idea that equally gives Amit Bandyopadhyay a headache and an adrenaline rush. In 20 years of research on additive manufacturing – or 3D printing – Bandyopadhyay has experimented in printing bone material, moon rock, and plastics, but never two different metals at once.
When researcher Dan Rodgers made a discovery that could slow or even reverse the muscle wasting that plagues many cancer patients, he knew he wanted to do more than publish a paper.
“I wanted to put the knowledge to good use, to see our science applied, and for cancer patients to receive an effective treatment,” said Rodgers, a muscle biology researcher at WSU. “Developing a company was the best way to move towards these goals.”
AVVogen Researcher: Dan Rodgers, PhD Launched: 2015
Problem: Over 70 million people suffer from muscle wasting disease, in one form or another, and this costs the health care industry over $500 billion annually, yet there are currently no viable treatments.
Solution: Actriiex, a drug that targets and blocks biochemical events initiated by myostatin and other growth inhibitory hormones that cause degeneration in muscle and the heart.
University faculty are not the only ones making an impact with their research – over the last few weeks WSU students have developed and been recognized for innovations that tackle grand challenges such as sustaining health around the world and developing sustainable resources. We wanted to take a moment to highlight these student teams, and demonstrate the impact that experiential education has not only on students’ development, but on their communities as well. » More …