Contour Energy Systems (Caltech) Launches Next-Generation Coin Cell Product Line Debuting at Consumer Electronics Show (01/04/2011)

April 11, 2011

Contour Energy Systems is a next-generation battery company founded out of a collaboration of Caltech and CNRS, the French National Center of Scientific Research.

From the company’s press release:
Contour Energy Systems, Inc. an innovative portable power company commercializing next-generation battery systems, today announced the launch of its next-generation coin cell product family with the introduction of the four top selling lithium coin cell sizes (2032, 2025, 2016 & 2450) featuring the company’s patented Fluorinetic™ technology. Contour’s new lithium coin cells, which deliver significantly longer battery life and superior gravimetric and volumetric energy density compared to legacy primary lithium and rechargeable lithium ion batteries, are targeting a wide range of existing and emerging portable electronics and drug delivery systems. The new products will make their debut at the Consumer Electronics Show January 6-9, in Las Vegas at Contour Energy’s Booth 15343 in the Central Hall. read full press release

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RE2, Inc. (CMU) Licenses Robotic Tool-Change SBIR Technology to Northrop Grumman Remotec (01/03/2011)

April 11, 2011

RE2 is a CMU spinoff developing mobile manipulation systems.

From the company’s press release:
RE2, Inc., a leading developer of intelligent modular manipulation systems, is providing its Small Robot Toolkit (SRT) to Northrop Grumman Corporation subsidiary Remotec Inc., which will use the tool-change technology to upgrade the manipulation capabilities of the Andros HD-1 unmanned ground vehicle. The U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command recently awarded Remotec a contract to upgrade its fleet of Andros HD-1 Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) to help counter evolving threats from improvised explosive devices (IEDs). read full press release

Genocea Biosciences (Berkeley, Harvard) Closes $35 Million Series B Financing (01/03/2011)

April 11, 2011

Genocea Biosciences develops vaccines based on a platform that reduces the time to discover vaccine candidates. Among the company’s co-founders are Darren Higgins, Ph.D. Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and David Sinclair, Ph.D., Professor of Pathology, both at Harvard Medical School. The company was founded based on developments at both Berkeley and Harvard.

From the company’s press release:
Genocea Biosciences Inc., a vaccine discovery and development company pioneering a new class of T cell-based vaccines, today announced that it has closed a $35 million Series B round of venture financing, with new investors Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation (JJDC), Skyline Ventures and MP Healthcare Venture Management, Inc. (MPH) joining existing investors Polaris Venture Partners, Lux Capital Management, SR One, Cycad Group, Auriga Partners and Morningside Ventures. Stephen J. Hoffman, M.D., Ph.D., managing director at Skyline Ventures, joins the Genocea board in connection with the financing. In addition, Genocea also announced the appointment of industry veteran Seth Hetherington, M.D., to chief medical officer. read full press release

bluebird bio (Columbia) Awarded $269k and Commits to Creating 10 Jobs (01/03/2011)

April 11, 2011

bluebird bio is a Columbia spinoff developing innovative gene therapies for severe genetic disorders. The company was founded by Dr. Arthur Bank, who was Head of the Division of Hematology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.

From the company’s press release:
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has approved $23.9 million in 2010 tax incentives to encourage growth at 30 life sciences companies. The recipient companies have committed to creating nearly 1000 new jobs in 2011. Among them are ten companies based in Cambridge that will receive a combined total of over $9.6 million in tax incentives. The Cambridge companies have committed to the creation of 451 jobs in 2011. read full press release

Affinity Circles (Stanford) Announces the Launch of inCircle Jobs (01/03/2011)

April 11, 2011

Affinity Circles is a social networking site that connects job seekers to inside connections in their target companies. Affinity Circles started as a way for Stanford University students to stay in touch with their friends and colleagues.

From the company’s blog:
In our continuing effort to connect job seekers with inside connections at the places they want to work, we are pleased to announce the launch of a new service, inCircle Jobs. read full blog post

Vanguard Customer Service Publication Picks Vivisimo’s (CMU) Velocity Platform for Product of the Year Award (12/28/2010)

January 4, 2011

Vivisimo develops technology for information optimization. The company was co-founded by CMU graduate students Chris Palmer, Raul Valdes-Perez and CMU post-doctoral student Jerome Pesenti.

From the company’s press release:
Vivisimo announced today that its Information Optimization (IO) Platform, Velocity, has earned Customer Interaction Solutions’ (CIS), a leading publication in contact/call centers, customer resource management (CRM), and teleservices, Product of the Year distinction. The award rounds out a landmark year for Vivisimo, which saw industry accolades, records sales figures, and a new product launch, Velocity 8.0. read full press release

Impinj (Caltech) RFID Techology Helps Jewelry Chain Improve Inventory Accuracy (12/21/2010)

January 4, 2011

Impinj is a Caltech spinoff that develops UHF Gen 2 RFID solutions. The company was co-founded by Professor Carver Mead of Caltech and Dr. Chris Diorio of University of Washington.

From the company’s press release:
Leading UHF Gen 2 radio frequency identification (RFID) technology provider Impinj, Inc. today announced that French jeweler CLEOR has implemented a chain-wide “Powered by Impinj” RFID solution that significantly improved inventory accuracy and supply chain efficiency throughout all of its 50 stores, which process nearly one million pieces of jewelry annually. Since implementing RFID, the company has benefitted from reduced out-of-stocks, decreased stock levels, lower operating costs and measurably increased sales volume. read full press release

Lenka Koloma Joins Audyssey (USC) as Vice President of Licensing Sales (12/20/2010)

January 4, 2011

Audyssey develops audio technologies that reproduce studio recordings, movies and live performances. The initial technology was developed by USC professors, audio industry pioneer Tomlinson Holman and audio signal processing researcher Chris Kyriakakis, Dr. Sunil Bharitkar and Philip Hilmes.

From the company’s press release:
Audyssey, a leader in audio technology for the home, automotive and theater markets, today announced that Lenka Koloma has joined the company as vice president of licensing sales. In this role she will manage all business-to-business (B2B) sales relationships. In addition, she will be tasked with expanding Audyssey’s licensing business on a global basis within all applicable market segments. <a href="http://www.audyssey.com/aboutus/press/349_lenka-koloma-joins-audyssey-as-vice-president-of-licensing-sales-"read full press release

NASA awards first half-million order in lunar data contract to Astrobotic (CMU) (12/20/2010)

January 4, 2011

Astrobotic Technology is a CMU spinoff focusing on commercial robotic services for lunar exploration.

From the company’s press release:
NASA has awarded the initial half-million-dollar task order from a $10 million NASA contract to Astrobotic Technology for a robotic expedition to the Moon.

“The amazingly short turnaround between proposal and award are a testament to NASA’s support for lunar commerce companies like ours,” said Dr. William “Red” Whittaker, chairman of Astrobotic Technology. read full press release

Schrödinger (Columbia) Acquires Synaptic Science (12/17/2010)

January 4, 2011

Schrödinger is a Columbia University spinoff focusing on chemical simulations for research in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

From the company’s press release:
Schrödinger announced today that it has acquired Synaptic Science, LLC. Synaptic Science’s award winning enterprise informatics platform, SEURAT™, has been adopted by a number of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. read full press release