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UA Research Innovation Day – April 16th

Do you have an idea for a business? Already have a business and looking to grow? Interested in learning more about marketing, social media, or sales? Then join us on Wednesday April 16th from 9:00 am – 2:15 pm in the Rast Room at the Bryant Conference Center for UA Research Innovation Day with content

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UA Alumni named President of Innovative Med Concepts

Pharmaceutical executive Rick Burch has been named President of Innovative Med Concepts, LLC (IMC).  IMC is a Biotech company based in Tuscaloosa, AL focused on developing groundbreaking research with a novel therapeutic approach for pain relief. Recently Mr. Burch was V.P. and General Manager of the CNS Business Unit for UCB, a global biopharmacy company

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Alabama Launchpad Announces Seventh Annual Business Plan Competition

Tuscaloosa, AL – Alabama Launchpad, a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation, will host its seventh Business Plan Competition over the next several months. Applications will be accepted starting December 12th and a max of 25 startups will be chosen to compete on January 31st for multiple seed grants ranging from $20k to $100k in

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Dr. Whitney Hough Hired as OTT’s Venture Development Associate

The Office for Technology Transfer is proud to announce the hiring of Dr. Whitney Hough as the new Venture Development Associate. “I am really excited to be working for OTT,” Whitney said. “UA has a tremendous amount of research going on in a range of fields from computer science to biology with new discoveries happening

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Going Viral: Surgeon, Professor Team in New Approach to Pain Treatment

A chronic pain condition and numerous gastrointestinal disorders may all be caused by a virus. That’s a Tuscaloosa-based surgeon’s theory likely headed for a clinical trial early next year and one drawing support from a University of Alabama researcher who studies how viruses replicate. The theory of Dr. William “Skip” Pridgen, the physician, is now

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UA Professors Win NSF CAREER Awards

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The National Science Foundation selected three University of Alabama professors for CAREER Awards totaling more than $1.6 million for research projects related to medical imaging, earthquake seismology and solar energy. These awards, presented to Dr. Yuping Bao, an assistant professor in chemical and biological engineering; Dr. Samantha Hansen, assistant professor of geological

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525 Solutions Receives SBIR Phase IB Funding

Congratulations to 525 Solutions, Inc. for receiving SBIR Phase IB funding from the National Science Foundation for its work on a new shrimp-shell based bandage! This supplemental award will support production and testing of a new bandage for improved wound management. For more, here is a recent article from the Crimson White detailing the work: “Diabetes

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Dr. Rick Swatloski Named New Director of OTT in Effort to Bring Campus Discoveries to Market Place

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama named Dr. Richard P. Swatloski director of its Office for Technology Transfer. The appointment of Swatloski, who has worked in OTT since its establishment as a full-time office in 2006, will become effective June 1, said Dr. Joe Benson, vice president for research at UA. “Tech Transfer has

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UA MBA Candidate Uses Shrimp-Shell Compound in Efforts to Develop New Bandage

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Dr. Whitney Hough is scheduled to earn her MBA from The University of Alabama this week, but she’s not looking forward to joining the business world. She’s already there. If all this smells a little fishy, you don’t know the half of it. Hough is a research engineer in a start-up company called

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UA’s MicroGreen Wins $30,000 Grant from Alabama Launchpad

MicroGreen Technologies, a research team from the University of Alabama, won a $30,000 grant Tuesday in the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama’s business plan competition in Birmingham. It was one of four research teams from state universities to win grants. The money will help further their research with a goal of creating a new business

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