Archive for April, 2011

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

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