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October 2, 2017

GRA September 2017 Notes

GRA-backed alliance gets $51M NIH grant, welcomes UGA

University collaboration in Georgia got a tremendous boost in September when the National Institutes of Health made one of the largest research grants in our state’s history: $51 million to expand a university partnership called ACTSI. In doing so, the collaborative of Emory, Georgia Tech and Morehouse School of Medicine will welcome the University of Georgia into its circle.

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August 31, 2017

GRA August 2017 Notes

Nano-biotech expert arrives at GA Tech as GRA Eminent Scholar

Imagine a minuscule fluid-manipulating machine built to mimic the secret lives of cells. If you can picture it, you've got some idea what Shuichi Takayama builds. An acclaimed researcher in the cutting-edge field of nanofluidics, Takayama is driving development of micro- and nano-scale “organ-on-a-chip” devices.

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July 31, 2017

GRA July 2017 Notes

Carbice nets $1.5M investment, co-led by GRA Venture Fund

One of the great riddles of electronic devices — how to keep them from overheating — has been partly solved by Georgia Tech startup Carbice. This month, GRA Venture Fund, LLC joined TechSquare Labs in making a $1.5 investment in Carbice.

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June 29, 2017

GRA June 2017 Notes

GRA Venture Fund adds FraudScope to its portfolio

A startup out of Georgia Tech that developed technology to fight healthcare fraud has succeeded in raising $1.5 million in seed funding. FraudScope, which won last year’s Atlanta Startup Battle, uses machine learning to thwart fraud, waste and abuse in healthcare billing claims — estimated to be $270 billion in the U.S. annually. GRA Venture Fund, LLC joined TechSquare Labs and Spider Capital as investors in the round, and FraudScope will use the funds to add customers and expand product development.

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May 31, 2017

GRA May 2017 Notes

Leading bioengineer coming to Georgia as GRA Eminent Scholar

A renowned bioengineer and expert in traumatic brain injury in children is coming to Georgia as a GRA Eminent Scholar — and will lead the acclaimed joint biomedical engineering program at Georgia Tech and Emory. Susan S. Margulies, a University of Pennsylvania professor, will head the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, which houses the nation’s top-ranked undergraduate BME program, according to U.S. News and World Report.

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April 30, 2017

GRA April 2017 Notes

UGA spotlights value of GRA partnership, Eminent Scholars

GRA’s partnership with Georgia’s research universities brings big dividends, as evidenced by a new University of Georgia article on GRA Eminent Scholars. The article — which features UGA’s two newest Eminent Scholars, Dennis Kyle and Karen Norris — notes that the five scholars recruited since 2015 have fueled a 20 percent increase in research expenditures at UGA the past two fiscal years. “The strong partnership between [ GRA and UGA ] is producing tremendous benefits to individuals and communities across our state, nation and world," said President Jere W. Morehead.

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March 31, 2017

GRA March 2017 Notes

UT neuroscientist moving research to Augusta University

Accomplished neuroscientist Dr. Xin-Yun Lu is moving to Augusta University as the newest GRA Eminent Scholar. Lu has been exploring how two hormones found in fat cells factor into psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome.

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February 28, 2017

GRA February 2017 Notes

Video showcases Georgia States ascent in biomed research

The newest addition to GRA’s “Breakthroughs in Georgia” video series explores the rapid rise of biomedical research at Georgia State University. In a short time, Georgia State has built an impressive scientific enterprise in the Institute of Biomedical Sciences.

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January 31, 2017

GRA January 2017 Notes

Analysis: Group of Eminent Scholars made major impact

Attracting top scientific talent to Georgia can bring an extraordinary return on investment, according to a new analysis from GRA.

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December 15, 2016

GRA Nov/Dec 2016 Notes

UGA recruits expert on infectious disease as GRA Eminent Scholar

One of the world’s leading experts on malaria and parasitic diseases is GRA’s newest Eminent Scholar. Recruited from the University of South Florida, Dennis Kyle joins the University of Georgia on January 3.

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October 31, 2016

GRA October 2016 Notes

Magazine: Georgia's bioscience industry is gathering momentum

Research labs at Georgia’s universities — and the startups they spawn — are an integral part of the state’s $15 billion bioscience landscape, Georgia Trend magazine reports this month. The feature article “Under the Microscope” examines assets such as nationally recognized research centers and strong collaboration that have led Georgia to an enviable position in bioscience.

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September 30, 2016

GRA September 2016 Notes

Georgia Tech's Rohatgi to build on solar-cell success

GRA Eminent Scholar Dr. Ajeet Rohatgi of Georgia Tech has repeatedly broken records for engineering high-efficiency cells that can be produced faster and at lower cost.  A new 2-minute GRA “Breakthrough” video, airing on WPBA-TV, traces the arc of Rohatgi’s pioneering work in the field. • Watch the video >  

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August 31, 2016

GRA August 2016 Notes

Infectious disease expert joins UGA as a GRA Eminent Scholar

The scientist who discovered a protein element key to a vaccine against a deadly lung infection is the newest GRA Eminent Scholar. Karen Norris, who starts at the University of Georgia on September 1, is regarded as one of the nation’s leading researchers in infectious diseases.

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July 31, 2016

GRA July 2016 Notes

A new video airing on Atlanta's PBA 30 recounts the 1960s breakthrough made by GRA Eminent Scholar Max Cooper that changed the prevailing view of the human immune system.

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June 30, 2016

GRA June 2016 Notes

Georgia leads national effort to standardize manufacture of cells

As therapies based on human cells continue to evolve in modern medicine, a need to bring consistency to how such cells are mass-produced has emerged. Now, a national consortium led by GRA and Georgia Tech has completed a road map to create such standards and make the U.S. a world leader in cell therapy manufacturing. Announced this month at the White House, the 10-year national road map reflects the input of 60-plus representatives from industry, government and nonprofit organizations.

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May 31, 2016

GRA May 2016 Notes

Georgia State recruits top Ebola researcher

Georgia’s newest GRA Eminent Scholar is a leading expert on Ebola and other emerging viruses. Chris Basler, who joins Georgia State University from New York’s Icahn School of Medicine, is program director on two NIH grants and principal investigator on a third — all totaling $20 million through 2019.

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April 29, 2016

GRA April 2016 Notes

NIH re-invests in work of Clark Atlanta center

Prostate cancer research at Clark Atlanta University got a major boost in April with news of $2.75 million in NIH grants to a research enterprise headed by GRA Eminent Scholar Shafiq Khan.

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March 31, 2016

March 2016 E News Wrap-up

GRA Ventures companies net $1 billion in equity investment

Companies launched out of Georgia's universities with early-stage investment from GRA Ventures reached a major milestone in March: A collective total of $1 billion in additional equity investment from venture capital firms and other investors.

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February 29, 2016

February 2016 E-News Wrap-up

Universities explore ways to combat the Zika virus

Even before the World Health Organization formally declared the Zika virus an international health emergency on Feb. 16, scientists at Georgia’s universities were at work investigating ways to prevent and treat the virus.

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January 29, 2016

January 2016 E-News Wrap-up

It’s well known that GRA’s strategic investments in talent and infrastructure help Georgia’s universities secure major federal research grants. But this leverage also applies to private funding sources, as evidenced by two philanthropic gifts announced this month to strengthen university research.

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December 15, 2015

November/December 2015 E-News Wrap-up

From research to revenue: New beginnings worth noting

Two different ceremonies this fall illustrated the life cycle of scientific discovery in Georgia — and how it ultimately grows the economy and benefits humankind.

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October 30, 2015

October 2015 E-News Wrap-up

GRA briefs Georgia delegation, honors Sen. Johnny Isakson

A stunning view of the U.S. Capitol from the Jones Day law firm in Washington, DC provided the backdrop to GRA’s briefing this month to the Georgia Congressional delegation on how the state’s research universities are contributing to Georgia’s economic vitality.

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September 30, 2015

September 2015 E-News Wrap-up

Georgia's universities report big gains in research funding

Early numbers this fall show that Georgia's research universities continue to be powerful magnets for attracting external grants to advance scientific exploration.

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August 31, 2015

August 2015 E-News Wrap-up

A record year of recruitment

Georgia became the new research home for eight world-class scientists in FY15 — the largest class of GRA Eminent Scholars recruited to the state's universities in over a decade.

The Scholars, whose research ranges from molecular medicine to energy management technologies, are occupying endowed chairs at Emory, Georgia Tech, Georgia State and The University of Georgia. They arrived with $27 million in federal funding for their research.

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July 31, 2015

July 2015 E-News Wrap-up

Clean Hands Safe Hands secures patents, investment

 A technology developed by Clean Hands Safe Hands (CHSH) aims to reduce those infections by promoting hand hygiene in an entirely new way.Headquartered at ATDC, the company got a big boost in July with the awarding of two patents and the approval of a key Phase III investment from GRA Ventures.

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June 30, 2015

June 2015 E-News Wrap-up

Invention grows here: Georgia prominent in top 100 patent list

Poultry vaccines discovered at The University of Georgia. A new device from Emory to treat kidney failure. Technology developed at Georgia Tech to harvest and re-use energy from portable devices. 

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May 29, 2015

May 2015 E-News Wrap-up

Trustee meeting brings review of GRA's impact over time

Anniversaries typically bring reflections of the past, but the marking of GRA’s 25th anniversary at the May 21 Board of Trustees meeting was just as much about the organization’s present and future.

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April 30, 2015

April 2015 E-News Wrap-up

Expert in metabolomics named newest GRA Eminent Scholar

A leader in a scientific field that explores how molecules sustain life is joining The University of Georgia as the state’s newest GRA Eminent Scholar.


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March 31, 2015

March 2015 E-News Wrap-up

Varian's Georgia connection runs deep, gets stronger

This month brought the announcement that cancer treatment system manufacturer Varian Medical Systems will make Georgia its East Coast hub — and the news is further testament to the company’s strong relationship with the state’s R&D ecosystem.

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February 27, 2015

February 2015 E-News Wrap-up

Marking a milestone: 25 years

As GRA turns 25 years old this year, the organization remains one of the nation’s most enduring partnerships of business, government and academia. Other states have copied our model since, but none has surpassed GRA’s unity or impact.

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January 30, 2015

January 2015 E-News Wrap-up

New GRA Eminent Scholars coming to UGA in 2015

Two highly acclaimed scientists whose work is influencing treatments for Alzheimer’s and infectious diseases have been recruited to the University of Georgia as the state’s newest GRA Eminent Scholars.

Ted Ross, who directs vaccines and viral immunity research at Florida’s Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute, brings a track record of translating lab science into promising candidates for vaccines. And Robert Haltiwanger, whose discovery of a cell signaling inhibitor informed a new wave of potential treatments for Alzheimer’s, joins UGA from Stony Brook University.

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