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WSU scientific research gets in gear with Accelerator partnership

The minting of Washington State University research took a huge step forward Tuesday with the announcement of a new partnership with Seattle-based Accelerator Corp.

The agreement puts the university in the company of the prestigious Institute for Systems Biology and four other Seattle research centers and, also as of Tuesday, New York City-based institutions like Columbia and Rockefeller universities and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

That’s fast company, but a long time coming for WSU, which has struggled to bring its efforts to commercialize research up to the level of the research itself. And the timing could not be better for Spokane, where new laboratories and new … » More …

Making plants faster and better!

WSU plant scientist Dr. Amit Dhingra, associate professor and scientist, and members of his research team in the Department of Horticulture founded Phytelligence  in 2012, the first plant based biotechnology startup at WSU. They developed a tree growing method that is 3 times faster, conserves water and reduces the need for plant pesticides or herbicides – hailed “smarter plants”.

Recently, Phytelligence received media attention with their first large sale delivery of 1000 raspberry plants to a company in the Northwest, with a plan to deliver another 50,000 this August.

All of the ideas for the “smarter plants” came from the research work conducted in Dinghra’s … » More …

Biodegradable gel stores 250 times its weight in water


Washington State University professor  Dr. Jinwen Zhang and his research team have developed an absorbent gel made of biodegradable material that has several distinct advantages and uses over similar products currently made of petroleum derived materials. The gel is biodegradable, made from soy proteins, and  can absorb more than 250 times its weight in water. It is very similar in texture to material now used in disposable diapers. However, it does not carry the petroleum product environmental contamination concerns. Currently available biologically derived gels in foods and medical products are more expensive and less durable … » More …

Into the future – driving with no noise or pollution


Dr. Su Ha(r) with graduate student Byeong Wan Kwon (WSU news)

A research team at WSU with Drs. M. Grant Norton and Su Ha and 12 graduate students in the Voilland College of Engineering and Architecture have been collaborating with the Boeing Corporation and Korea’s Kyung Hee University to develop the first fuel cell that converts chemical energy to electrical energy.

This project has been underway almost nine years after Boeing requested research proposals to develop new environmentally friendly and energy efficient technologies for use in their aircraft. Boeing has funded this research since … » More …

Little chip – big data

Energy use at huge data farms could decrease by as much as 20 percent if WSU’s new computer chip with a wireless network on it becomes a commercial reality. Dr. Partha Pande, a professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, with Professors Deukhyoun Heo and Benjamin Belzer, published a paper on their research in the May issue of an emerging technologies publication and have filed two patents on  their chip design.

The innovation would also speed up data processing and replace the conventional metal wires on current computer chips that are wasteful in long range data exchanges. Sustainable computing is growing as … » More …

Barbeque or heat – one day the fuel may come from the same source

Recently, Dr. Manuel Garcia-Perez, an assistant professor and scientist, and his graduate students who study biosystems engineering in the WSU Reaugh Laboratory for Oil and Gas Research, garnered some attention for their research. The research in their lab addresses the environmental burden associated with the world’s declining petroleum resources by using new thermochemical conversion concepts. They are helping to advance the emerging biofuels industry by developing pyrolysis technologies. The same technology that produces charcoal used in many barbeques this summer is also a building block for helping the vision of a commercial, wood-based biofuels industry in the Pacific Northwest become a reality.

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WSU Office of Commercialization at the LSINW June 19 – 20, 2014

Washington State University is excited to be a major sponsor of the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association’s 14th annual Life Science Innovation Northwest conference.

Why? As you can see in the graphics below, a large portion of WSU’s research is in life sciences, and that research in turn positively impacts the economy of  Washington state. Just a few months ago,  WSU and the University of Washington released the Innovation and Impact Report to highlight the economic and social outcomes of Washington’s growing life sciences research enterprise.

Live Sciences and Economic Growth

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The New American City

Washington State University joined over 150 elected, business, civic, and university leaders from around the country at “The New American City” – an event hosted by CityAge on June 10-11 in Seattle.

CityAge is an international media and conference company that looks at the business of city building in the so-called  “urban century.” Founded by Marc Andrew and Miro Cernetig of Canada, the company is encouraging major North American cities to collaborate in building “our 21st-Century’s urban future.” CityAge is a forum that encourages dialogue and information sharing by bringing together thought leaders who can learn from each other about best practices … » More …

Life Sciences Discovery Fund Announces $1.1M to Five Projects

Washington State University has received two Life Sciences Discovery Fund Awards, read the information below for more information.


The Life Sciences Discovery Fund (LSDF) today
announced $1.1 million in five Proof of Concept grants to Washington for-profit and non-profit organizations to foster the translation of health-related products from the laboratory into the commercial marketplace. Two of the five new grants will advance rapid testing technologies that were invented within Washington-based companies. HeatFlow Technologies (principal investigator Warren Dinges) will validate the performance of a novel PCR system for diagnosing and managing human diseases, with an initial focus on HIV/AIDS. Photonic BioSystems, Inc. (principal investigator … » More …