Two new initiatives to boost economic value from university research

Research England has awarded two grants, totalling £1.5 million, to support programmes working to increase the economic value and social impacts from

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: engineering innovation business commercialisation technology-transfer

When states pass social liberalization laws, they create regional advantages for innovation

Inventors in states with more socially liberal laws on the books end up with more diverse collaborators – and more higher-impact patents.

Laurina Zhang, Assistant Professor of Strategy & Innovation, Boston University • conversation
July 9, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: innovation invention entrepreneurship collaboration creativity innovation-and-invention patenting corporate-social-responsibility-csr social-policy abortion-law patents same-sex-marriage entrepreneurs medical-marijuana innovate innovation-policy corporate-social-responsibility

Lasers could speed up coronavirus diagnostics

A team of physicists, virologists and computer scientists are seeking to develop a coronavirus diagnostic tool that could deliver rapid results.

Mauricio Terrones, Professor of Physics, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
May 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  innovation  covid-19  coronavirus  lasers  covid-19-testing  research-brief  invention  medical-test

Coronavirus: medical drones could soon be helping to beat the crisis

The usefulness of drones to the medical sector has been clear for several years – and well-funded start-ups have been trialling services around the world.

Olivier Usher, Lead, Research and Impact, Nesta • conversation
May 1, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: innovation covid-19 coronavirus drones medical-supplies

Five ways collective intelligence can help beat coronavirus in developing countries

Many low and middle-income countries are unprepared for the COVID-19 pandemic. But innovation could help.

Ian Gray, PhD candidate, University of Exeter • conversation
April 20, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: innovation covid-19 coronavirus collective-intelligence

Rapid COVID-19 diagnostic test developed by Cambridge team to be deployed in hospitals

A new rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19, developed by a University of Cambridge spinout company and capable of diagnosing the infection in under 90 minutes, is being deployed at Cambridge hospitals, ahead of being launched in hospitals nationwide.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 2, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: spotlight-on-innovation innovation infectious-diseases diagnostic covid-19 coronavirus

Women in STEM: Professor Laura Itzhaki

Professor Laura Itzhaki is a group leader in the Department of Pharmacology and a Fellow of Newnham College. Here, she tells us about forming her own spin-out company, pitching to investors and her research on the 'workhorses' of the cell. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 23, 2020 ~2 min

Tags:  women-in-stem  innovation  protein  spin-out  business  commercialisation

There’s lots of ‘hidden’ innovation in rural areas

A new way to measure innovation finds lots of it in rural areas of the United States.

Kristen Devlin-Penn State • futurity
Jan. 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: innovation business rural-communities science-and-technology

How you can get better at picking creative ideas

"We're probably all killing a lot of our best ideas early in the creative process without knowing it."

Stanford • futurity
Dec. 13, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: innovation cognition jobs featured society-and-culture social-lives creativity

Green-sky thinking for propulsion and power

A rapid way of turning ideas into new technologies in the aviation and power industries has been developed at Cambridge’s Whittle Laboratory. Here, Professor Rob Miller, Director of the Whittle, describes how researchers plan to scale the process to cover around 80% of the UK’s future aerodynamic technology needs.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Dec. 4, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: engineering innovation sustainable-earth climate-change energy environment aircraft carbon-emissions

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