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Inventors Convene at the WSU Innovation Open House

On September 18th, the WSU Innovation Open House, a “special showcase of just a small sample of the many research activities at Washington State University” was held in the CUB to correspond with the WSU Foundation Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees. From projects just past proof-of-concept to innovations well under way to their commercialization, the showcase demonstrated not only the efforts of the researchers, but the OC’s contributions as well. Here’s a brief presentation of the projects in attendance:

Attendees try their hand at the VALS test simulator

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WBBA Highlights WSU’s Office of Commercialization

The Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association recently highlighted the Washington State University Office of Commercialization and its partnership with Accelerator. In discussing the OC’s history, the WBBA briefly discussed our recent partnership with the biotech investment company, and also explained a few of our other programs coinciding with our push for WSU’s revitalization of the commercialization departments.

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M3 Biotechnology to be showcased by the Michael J. Fox Foundation

The Washington State University Office of Commercialization is proud to announce that M3 Biotechnology, one of our local startup companies, has been selected as one of five companies to be showcased by the Michael J. Fox Foundation for their work on neurodegenerative disease therapies. The MJFF aims to accelerate the research and development of projects in Parkinson’s disease research by making the researchers and projects more visible.

M3 Biotechnology’s mission statement, ‘To cure neurodegenerative diseases’ is a straightforward explanation of their goals and projects. The group was already supported from grants from the MJFF as well as the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery foundation, groups highly interested … » More …

WSU Visitor Center Recieves Honor

The visitor center has earned one of the 2014 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards from the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) for innovative design, engineering achievement and creativity

The Brelsford Washington State University Visitor Center project was submitted by Amie Sullivan, associate for KPFF Consulting Engineers, who worked on the project.

Brelsford WSU Visitor Center


NCSEA advances the practice of structural engineering and protects the public’s right to safe, sustainable and cost-effective buildings, bridges and other structures. The awards highlight some of the best examples of structural engineering ingenuity throughout the world.

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WSU Campus Energy Operations to Get Even Smarter!


Washington State University will soon become a collaborating partner in a new $14.3M Clean Energy Fund grant for one of three Washington energy storage projects.

The project is set to take place on WSU’s main campus in the Pullman, WA area. Over three years, Avista Utilities will test how well large batteries store energy from wind, solar and other renewable fuel sources, and how well they are able to support WSU’s smart campus operations. This project compliments the existing Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project at WSU, started in 2009 with Avista Utilities, the largest regional project of its kind in the US.

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WSU professor recognized for frozen food innovation

Juming Tang, Washington State University Professor and food engineering researcher, has earned the 2014 Freezing Research award for his work, which has led to the significant improvement in food quality and safety through freezing. His contributions include microwave pasteurization technology, essential to the control of microbial and viral pathogens in frozen and chilled meals.

President of the Frozen Food Foundation and president and CEO of the American Frozen Food Institute, Kraig R. Naasz praised Professor Tang’s work, saying “Dr. Tang’s contributions to the field of food science and engineering have aided the scientific community and consumers alike, by demonstration innovation through increased product quality, safety, … » More …

New commercialization gap funding assists WSU innovators

Washington State University researchers will be happy to know that they can now obtain funds for their projects through the new commercialization gap-funding program. Proposals can be submitted at, and awards are to be announced by December.

Following on the heels of WSU’s recent partnership with Accelerator Corperation, WSU’s own Office of Commercialization has established the CGf program to help provide the funding to WSU researchers with a high commercialization potential.

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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 …