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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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