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Murdock Commercialization Grant Boosts Innovation

For the second year, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust is supporting Pacific Northwest researchers in turning lab discoveries into products or services that will improve your life. The Trust’s  Commercialization Initiative Fund is dedicated to supporting projects that have reached the “valley of death,” a stretch of time between academic grants and private investment where very little funding exists. » More …

Developing the technologies that will change agriculture

Farming of the future will be data-driven, and Washington State University is helping shape that future.

As the world population grows and demands on our natural resources increase, producing more food more efficiently is a top global priority. Converging that need with advancements in robotics, sensors, satellites and data analysis puts agriculture into the Internet of Things – a world connected by sensors and data processing that leads to more informed decision making. Applying these technologies to farming, often referred to as precision agriculture or agtech, will help farmers produce more crops with more efficient use of land, water and fertilizer. » More …

Recycling 2.0: keeping energy saving materials from the landfill


Karl Englund at CRTC Opening

A recent Seattle Business Magazine article called to attention Washington’s strong composite materials supply chain. The lightweight, stronger-than-steel parts allow airlines and car owners to save on fuel and reduce emissions. While several large and small companies in Washington design and manufacture these carbon fiber parts, one component of the supply chain is missing: what happens to these composite parts when they are no longer useable?

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Seattle Industry Events Advance Commercialization Efforts

WSU researcher presents startup company at NIH SBIR/STTR Conference.
WSU researcher presents startup company at NIH SBIR/STTR Conference.

In October, Washington hosted the National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Conference. Washington’s thriving health care innovation sector made this conference a natural fit for Seattle, and a great opportunity for WSU researchers who want to move life-changing innovations into the marketplace. » More …

Private support advances research and industry

EME 6 demonstration on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.
EME 6 demonstration on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

Once again, WSU is a key player in a statewide effort to address the critical national need for a reliable and secure electric power grid. WSU’s long history and expertise in power engineering makes it an obvious partner for these public-private partnerships. Securing major state and federal funding, like the $2.25 million Clean Energy Fund grant that the Department of Energy is matching for this new project, is crucial to advancing research and innovation. However, WSU’s role in this project also points to the importance of smaller, private contributions that make this kind of collaboration possible. » More …

Emerging technologies on display at NIH SBIR/STTR Conference

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An illustration that demonstrates the possibilities of wearable health monitoring sensors being developed at WSU.

For the first time, Washington is hosting the National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Conference. Washington’s thriving health care innovation sector makes this conference a natural fit for Seattle, and great opportunity for the small businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers working to get life-changing innovations into the marketplace.

Recognizing NIH SBIR/STTR’s crucial role in translating promising technologies to the private sector, WSU is proud to be a sponsor of this event. Sustaining health and improving quality of life are key goals of the Grand Challenges, complex societal problems that the University’s research strengths are particularly well suited to help solve. » More …

WSU Research Impacts Aerospace Industry [Video]

Washington State University’s research in advanced materials, engineering and smart systems make it a crucial part of Washington’s $76 billion aerospace industry. Because of those strengths, local companies look to WSU for help in solving technological challenges, and to engage with students who will soon enter the workforce. Government programs like the Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation (JCATI) help initiate these mutually beneficial relationships.

The program launched in 2012, and WSU researchers have been involved since day one. The 2015-16 funding was recently announced, and we wanted to take the moment to share two great videos about what WSU is doing for local companies:

Building cost-effective parts for rockets

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A summer of WSU innovations

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A possible treatment for Alzheimer’s. Bone implants with antimicrobial properties. A gummy electrolyte that would make batteries safer. Fuel that only gives off water as a byproduct.

These are all emerging technologies and treatments that began in research labs at Washington State University, and were showcased at Seattle industry events over the summer. » More …