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Milestones of Innovation 17: ‘Golden Spike’ Heralds Era of Cheap Steel

One hundred fifty years ago May 10, around mid-day, railroad promoters from two coasts clumsily drove the final spikes of America’s first transcontinental railroad near Promontory Point, Utah. Two of the spikes used that day were made of gold. The blows themselves triggered a telegraphic message to the world. The joining of the Central Pacific […]

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Women Who Code in Houston, Sam’s Club, Springdale & More TX Tech

Let’s catch up with the latest innovation news in Texas. —Sam’s Club Now, the Dallas-based innovation center where Walmart’s bulk buying business is located, says it has a new scanning technology that can reduce checkout times. The technology, which uses computer vision and machine learning, will be piloted at the Sam’s Club Now store this […]

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“Stigma is Going Away”: Cannabis IP is Thorny, But Not Impossible

No longer solely the provenance of hippie or outlaw types, the U.S. cannabis industry has become more sophisticated and tech-enabled as it has come out of the shadows over the past decade. Michigan voters pushed the state to joined the ranks of nine others last fall in approving adult use of recreational marijuana. But with […]

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Seattle Startup Funding News: Immusoft, TurboPatent, VYRTY & More

Catch up on funding news in the Seattle area’s early-stage business ecosystem from late December and early January: —Immusoft, which is developing technology to genetically reprogram patients’ B cells outside the body to produce therapeutic proteins, said it raised $20 million from investors. The Seattle-based company said a mix of new investors and return backers […]

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WI Watchlist: Amazon, JCI, Understory, Titan Spine, Eurofins

[Updated 11/28/18, 10:08 am. See below.] Time to catch up on recent headlines from Wisconsin’s innovation community: —Understory, a Madison-based startup that tracks weather via networks of solar-powered sensors, said it reeled in a $7.5 million investment led by local venture firm 4490 Ventures. Other investors in the deal included the Rise of the Rest […]

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U-M Reports 2018 Rise in Inventions, Licensing, and Startups

Every fall, the University of Michigan formally celebrates the inventions and companies spun out of the school’s research and development efforts. This year, there was a lot to celebrate: according to U-M, a record number of 21 startups were launched during the 2018 fiscal year ending June 30, nearly doubling the previous year’s number. U-M […]

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Ahead of WARF Keynote, Gigaom’s Reese Talks Academia’s Startup Push

Byron Reese, the Gigaom publisher and successful entrepreneur who has written extensively on how technology impacts society, says he believes the biggest future breakthroughs are likely to come from universities and startup companies, rather than large, publicly traded ones. “I think really disruptive things will always come from universities and entrepreneurs,” says Reese, whose most […]

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Reuters Report Ranks U-M Among World’s Most Innovative Universities

The University of Michigan has been named one of the 100 most innovative university systems in the world in a new report issued Thursday by Reuters. Reuters said the list ranks “educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies, and power new markets and industries.” U-M snagged the 23rd spot, making it the […]

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Report: Apple Wins Appeal of $234M Ruling in Patent Dispute with WARF

Apple has persuaded a federal appeals court to toss out a 2015 ruling that ordered the company to pay the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s technology transfer office $234 million for infringing a computer processing technology patent held by the organization, Reuters reported. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. ruled in […]

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U.S. Court Affirms Broad’s CRISPR Patent; No Word of Berkeley Appeal

On the heels of a federal court victory, the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT is calling for the end of a long and winding legal fight over the ownership of the landmark genome editing system CRISPR-Cas9. The widespread ability for humans to manipulate their own DNA and that of many other organisms has arrived, […]

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