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Editor's note: Jim Shamp, director of public relations for the N.C. Biotechnology Center, reached out to The Wall Street Journal after a recent story warned that the deadly "chikungunya" virus is headed for the U.S. A Raleigh firm - Arbovax - could have a solution, he said. WRALTechWire suggested that he write a blog about what occurred. He did. We reprint it in full.
Raleigh-based Lookout Capital just bet $8 million of its investors' money on Wright Foods and technology to deliver produce that stays fresh longer. So what factors made Lookout and the fund's backers to place the bet? In an exclusive Q&A, Lookout founder Merrette Moore offers details. he also has advice for entrepreneurs seek to raise money.
Aseptia, which operates as Wright Foods and utilizes patented food processing technology developed at N.C. State, has closed on a third round of financing totaling $28 million. Lookout Capital pours in $8 million.
Raleigh-based Lookout Capital is betting big time that Wright Foods can deliver "green" produce that consumers really want. The firm is investing nearly $8 million in Aseptia, which operates as Wright Foods.
North Carolina's Biotechnology Center helped fuel the launch and growth of life science startups over the last quarter of 2013 with $1.6 million in grants and loans. Meanwhile, Biotech Center-backed firms raised another $10 million in outside funding.
The people spearheading the NCNGN project are pushing ahead with their own plans even as they welcome the news that a Google Fiber network could be headed to the Triangle. "This is great news for the region, but this is still preliminary and our efforts are still continuing," said Elise Kohn
Late last month, the N.C. Economic Development Board presented a long-term jobs creation blueprint to Gov. Pat McCrory. And NCSU economist Dr. Michael Walden likes a lot of what he sees. He even has ideas about how the state should be branded.
North Carolina State University will lead a group of six universities and 18 private-sector companies - including Durham-based Cree, ABB, RFMD and Vacon - in a new manufacturing innovation institute that President Barack Obama announced during his Wednesday visit to the Triangle.
Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill say they have found a way to turn solar power into a 24-hour-a-day power source by using the sun's energy to separate water molecules and create hydrogen fuel. In making the breakthrough, they received a powerful boost from scientists at N.C. State.
North Carolina State University's Office of Technology Transfer is opening an office suite at HQ Raleigh, a shared office space provider. NCSU wants to better link its entrepreneurial students and staff with the startup community, and HQ members will gain access to NCSU's expertise in transitioning university technology to the private sector.
If the war on cancer is won - finally - someday, a team of scientists and students in the joint biomedical engineering program at N.C. State and UNC-Chapel Hill could be a significant reason. But their technology approach is different than the high-profile nanotech program developed by Dr. Joseph Simone and Liquidia. In an exclusive interview with WRALTechWire, the lead author of a new paper describes the potentially big breakthrough using small, small particles.
Analysis: My calendar is already booked solid for presentations about the economic future all around North Carolina. I always open my talks with a well-worn joke - that economists are better at predicting the past than the future. After the laughter subsides, I make the serious point that economic forecasting has a high error rate, especially when the forecasts are for specific numbers like the jobless rate, new jobs created and the change in spending. However, economists are much better at recognizing and predicting general economic trends. So, let me begin with economic trends for 2014. I - and most economists - see several good trends.
The ups-and-downs of wind power triggered by the shifts in speed pose a threat to generators in power grids, but an NCSU researcher and a colleague at Johns Hopkins say they have devised a mean to smooth out demands of equipment.
The new center helps entrepreneurs get new products to market quickly by taking advantage of advisory and testing services offered by the WRC. FokusLabs, using a combination of psychology and technology, developed a wearable device to help support those with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Phononic, a startup focused on semiconductor materials that can turn waste heat into power and others that produce cooling, has closed on $21 million in new venture capital financing.
The North Carolina Chamber is hosting an energy conference on Wednesday during which Gov. Pat McCrory, various industry executives and N.C. State economist Dr. Michael Walden will be speaking. Walden will present a study he published earlier this year that points out energy development poses benefits as well as risks to the state. WRALTechWire is publishing portions of Walden's report ahead of that meeting as part of the ongoing debate about energy and the state's future.
When LabCorp announced an expanded range of genetic testing for breast cancer, one question immediately popped up: How does what LabCorp's offering differ from self-administered 23andMe tests that the FDA cracked down on last week? LabCorp cites several major differences.