SpaceX Engineer, Caltech Researcher Join Astronaut Ranks

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In an unusual addition to the list of recruits to NASA's astronaut program, NASA said this week that a SpaceX engineer, and a Caltech researcher, are both among the list of twelve new candidates at a chance for future space exploration with the agency. spacex caltech astronaut training program nasa space spaceflight exploration launch aerospace jessica watkins robb kulin

Caltech, UCLA, UCSD Rank Highly On Tech Transfer Ranking

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The California Insitute of Technology (Caltech), the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and the University of San Diego (UCSD) have all ranked very highly on a new ranking of universities for their technology transfer efforts, issued by The Milken Insitute , the Santa Monica-based thinktank. technology transfer ranking caltech ucla ucsd education school basic research

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President Obama Highlights Caltech Energy Research

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According to Caltech earlier this month, description of the new reactor technology developed by Haile's lab was published in the December 23rd issue of Science. Image: ETH-Caltech reactor) READ MORE>>.

Caltech Engineers Use Legos, Google Smartphone For Smart Petri Dish

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Researchers at the California Institute of Technology reported last week that they have created a "smart petri dish" which uses Google smart phones and Lego blocks, to automatically monitor cell growth in petri dishes. Caltech did not say if the team intends to commercialize the development.

Tribute To Caltech's Larry Gilbert, Founder of Tech Transfer Office

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Larry Gilbert , the founder of the technology transfer program at Caltech , passed away in November in Florida, Caltech said this week, with a tribute to Gilbert's efforts at the school. Gilbert was the "founding father of technology transfer" at Caltech, according to the school, forming the Office of Technology Transfer in 1995. Photo of Gilbert, with cap, via Caltech. larry gilbert tech transfer office caltech technology startup

Alta Devices, With Links to Caltech, Gains $72M

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A new startup with links to Caltech has just raised $72M in funding. Alta Devices< is based on the research of Caltech's Harry Atwater, Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science at Caltech, along with co-founder Eli Yablonovitch of UC Berkeley. Atwater focuses on research in synthesis, properties and processing of electronic materials for use in the electronic and optoelectronic devices.

USC, Caltech License Technology To SFC Energy

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The three said the technology was developed at the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, led by G. The Caltech team included S. caltech energy fuel cell clean technology patent licensing transferThe University of Southern California , the California Insitute of Technology , and fuel cell development firm SFC Energy said late Tuesday that the three have executed on a license to a portfolio of U.S. patents for direct methanol fuel cell technology.

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Materia Gets NIH Funding Grant

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materia funding olefin chemistry caltech government researchPasadena-based Materia , the developer of olefin metathesis catalyst technology developed at the California Institute of Technology, said this week that it has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH), Phase II funding grant. Amoumt of the grant was not disclosed.

Caltech-City of Hope Biomedical Research Initiative

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010 -- Partners in Discovery: Creating the Future of Medicine The Caltech-City of Hope Biomedical Research Initiative. Scientists from two of the nations premier research institutions have joined forces to answer fundamental questions of science and improve cancer and diabetes treatment for the future. Join us for an enlightening evening as two teams of researchers talk about their projects under the Caltech-City of Hope Biomedical Research Initiative.

Elevance Pulls IPO

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Elevance Renewable Sciences , the producer of specialty, renewable chemicals based on research licensed from Pasadena-based Materia , has pulled its IPO. Elevance was spun out of Materia in March of 2008, based on the research conducted by Materia, whose technology is derived from Nobel prize winning chemical technology originally developed at Caltech. elevance renewable sciences caltech olefin specialty chemical cleantech merger acquisition exit withdrawal

Northrop Grumman Provides $17.5M To Caltech For Space Power Effort

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to Caltech , as part of an effort to develop space-based, solar power systems. The research effort is being led by Professors Harry A. northrop grumman space power solar beam laser caltech research Northrop Grumman Corporation said yesterday that it will be providing up to $17.5M According to Northrop, the funding goes towards the Space Solar Power Initiative (SSPI) , an effort to capture solar power in space, and to send that power back to earth.

Caltech, French Research Group Team On Nanotech Commercialization

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Pasadena-based California Institute of Technology and French research and development institution CEA-Leti said this morning that the two are teaming up on a nanotechnology commercialization effort. Caltech's Kavli Nanoscience Institute and CEA-Leti's Electronics and Information Technologies Laboratory have been working together for the past three years on nanotechnology efforts. Tags: caltech cei-leti nanotechnology nanosystem technology commercialization

FastSoft Adds IPv6 Support

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The company, whose products are based on research originally developed at Caltech, said its E Series acceleration appliance now support the IPv6 protocol. fastsoft ipv6 internet traffic acceleration caltechPasadena-based FastSoft , the developer of web acceleration appliances, said today that it has added support for IPv6 traffic with its products.

Contour Energy Systems Finds More Funding

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Azusa-based Contour Energy Systems , the developer of battery technology based on research from Caltech, said today that it has raised a Series C funding round. The firm said the additional round will go towards research and development, production capacity expansion, and working capital. caltech energy cleantech clean battery capital venture systems contour

UC, Caltech Key To Bill Gates' New $1 Billion Cleantech Investment Effort

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Both the University of California , and Caltech both appear to be key to the new clean technology investment fund, Breakthrough Energy , which is being led by former Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Breakthrough Energy said this morning that the new, $1 billion clean technology fund will go towards technology which will have a "significant" impact on greenhouse gas.

City of Los Angeles Ties Into High Speed, Internet Research Backbone

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CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California) runs the California Research and Education Network (CalREN) , which connects such institutions as Caltech, UCLA, USC, Cal State LA, and the Los Angeles Community Colleges, as well as K-20 students and educators.

Contour Energy Expands Battery Line

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Azusa-based Contour Energy Systems , the venture-backed battery developer spun out of research from Caltech, said today that it has added two new lithium batteries to its line of coin cells. contour energy battery cell clean cleantech caltech lithium coinThe firm said the new 2016 and 2450 lithium coin cells are aimed at advanced and next generation portable electronics.

Southern California Smart Grid Research Symposium

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Thursday, October 13, 2011 -- Southern California Smart Grid Research Symposium. Join us on Thursday October 13th at 9AM at the Beckman Institute Auditorium on the Caltech Campus for the Southern California Smart Grid Research Symposium. In addition to a day packed with interesting discussion, the Symposium also includes a research poster exhibition.

Indi Molecular Raises $11.5M

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Culver City-based Indi Molecular , a developer of protein catalyzed capture agent (PCC) biotechnology being aimed in research tools, diagnostic agents, and PET imaging, has raised $11.5M Indi Molecular was founded by Leroy Hood (Institute of Systems Biology, Seattle), James Heath (Caltech) and Al Luderer, to commercialize the PCC technology developed by Heath at Caltech. indi molecular venture capital leroy hood antibody marker biotech lifescience caltech

Ondax Raises $2M More

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Monrovia-based Ondax , a developer of optical filters and laser sources based on research out of the California Institute of Technology, has raised $2M in a Series E investment. angels pasadena optics optical filter laser capital venture ondax caltech

Elevance Renewable Sciences Raises $50M More

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The firm's technology is based on research originally created at the California Institute of Technology. elevance renewable sciences venture capital materia catalyst plant process clean cleantech materials biofuels biotech caltechElevance Renewable Sciences , the spinout of Pasadena-based Materia , has scored $50M more in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm this week.

New Group Looks To Bridge Gap Between Research, Companies

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Taking notice of the gap between the amount and depth of research and technology at local universities, and new company formation, a new group has quietly formed in Los Angeles to tackle the issue. The new group, The Tech CEO Network , said it is looking to help bridge between the technology present at local schools like Caltech, UCLA, USC, UC Irvine, and other universities, and actual, viable companies. Tags: startups university research mentoring network tech

Gevo Sets Range For IPO

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Gevo , the biofuels startup spawned out of technology from the University of California, Los Angeles and Caltech, has set an offering range for its IPO. The firm's technology is based on research form UCLA focused on producing next-generation biofuels through genetically modified Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria, as well as technology from Caltech from the lab of Dr. Frances Arnold. gevo biofuels merger acquisition nasdaq market cleantech clean caltech ucla

Indi Molecular Raises $1.5M For Antibody Startup

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Caltech professor Jim Heath is a co-founder and board member of the startup, and the company has also licensed technology from the Scripps Research Institute. Culver City- and Seattle-based Indi Molecular , a startup developing a synthetic replacement for antibodies, has raised $1.5M

SlipChip Gets $26.5M For Microfluidics Technology

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Pasadena-based SlipChip , a Caltech spinoff developing microfluidics technology, has raised $26.5M Details on the Series B funding have not yet been announced by the company, whic his a spinout of technology developed by researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). SlipChip''s technology was developed by researchers in the laboratory of Rustem Ismagilov, Ethel Wilson Bowles and Robert Bowles Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Caltech.

Materia Spinoff Elevance Gets $100M

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Elevance is a spinout of Pasadena-based Materia , the material research firm based on research out of Caltech. Bolingbrook, Illinois-based Elevance Renewable Sciences , a developer of ingredients for use in personal care products, detergents, lubricants and other specialty chemicals and fuel markets, based on renewable feedstock, has raised $100M in funding, the firm said Tuesday.

Catching Up With Mike Giardello, President of Innovate Pasadena

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We have one of the most diverse ecosystems around, from software companies, to hardware companies, to hard science technology out of Caltech and JPL, to design driven opportunities out of the Art Center. Pasadena has long been known as the home for many spinouts of Caltech and JPL. However, you see technology and innovation coming from all over the place, including the Huntington Medical Research Institute (HMRI), the Pasaden Bioscience Collaborative, Idealab.

NSF To Create Innovation Center In LA

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The National Science Foundation is planning to create a new, innovation center in Los Angeles, in conjunction with the University of Southern California , the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) , and the University of California Los Angeles , the NSF said this morning. According to the NSF, the new center is looking to support the translation of scientific and engineering research into technology for the marketplace, and will be supported by a multi-million dollar grant.

LAVA's First Look LA

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Join us at Cal State Los Angeles for a full day of innovations and technologies presented by the region's finest researchers and inventors! Over 40 presentations from our region's most prominent research institutions: Caltech, USC, UCLA, UCSB, UCI, Childrens Hospital LA, University of Hawaii, Arizona State University, LA BioMed, and CalState LA! Wednesday, June 28, 2017 -- LAVA's First Look LA.

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Catalyzing Innovation In Pasadena, with Innovate Pasadena

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One of those high profile neighborhoods here is Pasadena, home of Idealab, Caltech, OpenX, and many other high tech companies and institutions. Compared to the Westside, we''re more in the research domain. There have been billions of research dollars spend here.

Contour Energy Systems Names New CEO

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Contour Energy is developing Flourine-based battery technology originally developed at Caltech and CNRS, the French National Center for Scientific Research. contour energy systems battery executive cleantech caltechAzusa-based battery technology firm Contour Energy Systems announced this morning that it has named Louis E. Lupo as the company's new President and CEO.

FastSoft Raises $950K

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Pasadena-based FastSoft , a developer of Internet acceleration appliances based on research out of Caltech, has raised $950K in a debt funding, according to a regulatory filing by the firm. The company's technology is based on research into optimizing the TCP/IP protocol. FastSoft has previously received funding from Miramar Venture Partners, Caltech, and angel investors. Tags: fastsoft internet acceleration caltech venture capital debt convertible

Gevo Buys Ethanol Plant

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Gevo , the Caltech spinoff developing biofuels processing technology, said last week that it has completed its acquisition of a biofuels plant in Luverne, Minnesota. Gevo's technology is based on research developed out of Caltech, although the firm is now located in Colorado. Tags: gevo biofuels clean energy fuel alternative cleantech caltech ucla technology transfer