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WSU cleantech expertise helps new & established industry

The fourth year of the CleanTech Showcase was one for the books. Washington State University has been a proud sponsor of the Showcase since day one, and kudos go to the Clean Tech Alliance for this year’s record attendance, number of presenting companies and exhibitors, and high-quality keynote speakers. As the CleanTech Alliance and the event have grown, so has WSU’s cleantech portfolio and accomplishments, which were reflected in this year’s presence. The University’s basic and applied research, Extension services, and technology development make it a valuable partner when working with established businesses, startups, and public agencies to advance a greener future.

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Public-private partnership for greener materials

Many clean technologies are dependent on rare earth elements and other materials that are expensive and difficult to acquire sustainably.

Washington state is home to a strong clean technology industry and world-class research institutions. As a result, both public and private sectors are committed to finding alternative material options that overcome these challenges. To demonstrate that commitment, the legislature established the Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth Abundant Materials in 2015. » More …

STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: Semplice

Greek yogurt is the fastest growing dairy product line in America. The benefits of yogurt consumption are well-documented, but Greek yogurt production results in a large amount of acidic whey; a byproduct that the yogurt industry has no economic use for.

A WSU food science team has developed a solution: a tasty new low-calorie beverage that provides a boost of protein and potassium. The sports drink reduces food waste while also giving the yogurt industry a new revenue stream. » More …

A Q&A with Innovator Juming Tang

WSU Regents Professor Juming Tang serving up the results of new food safety technology.
WSU Regents Professor Juming Tang serving up the results of new food safety technology.

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.

Check out interview below, and learn the history of research and development that led to the technology here: A microwaveable future: improving sterilisation and pasteurisation. » More …

Passion, energy, statewide resources drive young biotech

Sam Byrd Co-Optical
WSU alumni & Co-Optical CEO Samuel Byrd with a prototype of a glucose-monitoring device he worked with a student team to develop.

When Samual Byrd saw the daily challenges his mom faced as a recently-diagnosed diabetes patient, he wanted to do something to help her get healthy again. As a bioengineering student and entrepreneurship fellow at Washington State University, he was uniquely suited to actually take on that challenge.

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WSU Clean Technologies Preview: CleanTech Showcase 2016

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.

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Counter Bias Training Simulation reaches officers with gap fund support

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.

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Cross-state collaboration fosters student entrepreneurship

Engage student startup with prototype of their product, SafeShot
Engage student startup with prototype of their product, SafeShot

For two students who did not think much of entrepreneurship a year ago, Emily Willard and Katherine Brandenstein have been making quite a splash in Washington’s biotech startup space.

Their company – Engage – started as a senior design class assignment and evolved into a full time job that they will pursue after graduation.
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Phytelligence growing Portland operations

News update from the Phytelligence website

WSU spinout Phytelligence, a platform agricultural biotechnology company that is revolutionizing the way food crops are grown, today announced the transfer of all tissue culture activity from their Pullman location to their newly-opened Portland lab.

Due to faster than anticipated throughput and lower costs at the Portland facility, the decision was made to invest in growing the Portland location sooner than originally anticipated, and change the focus of the Pullman lab exclusively to genetic analysis, repository services, and research for the discovery of new products and technology.

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