Potential new therapy for Crohn’s, colitis identified

People with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) live with frequent, miserable episodes of abdominal pain, diarrhea and in severe cases, rectal bleeding. Standard treatments are aimed at directly suppressing inflammation, but many patients find little relief from such an approach. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found a compound that […]

2019 WIT Symposium: Supporting WashU women innovators

More than 160 people — scientists, inventors, venture capitalists, startup CEOs, media and networking pros, and others — attended the Office of Technology Management’s Women in Innovation & Technology (WIT) Symposium Feb. 26. The annual event is aimed at closing the gender gap in invention disclosure and commercialization at Washington University in St. Louis. The […]

Nichole Mercier: On universities, women and innovation

Nichole Mercier, director of Washington University’s Office of Technology Management, is passionate about achieving gender parity in tech transfer, the practice of bringing scientific discoveries and innovations to market. Though academic women innovators increasingly understand the value of their intellectual capital, the numbers who go on to commercialize their discoveries and found new businesses remain disproportionately low. […]

Boime, Covey named National Academy of Inventors senior members

Developmental biologists recognized for successes in developing therapeutics Developmental biologists Irving Boime, PhD, and Douglas Covey, PhD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, have been named senior members of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). They are being recognized for their success in patents, licensing and commercialization, and for producing “technologies that have brought, or […]

Washington University celebrates faculty inventors

Over the past three years, Washington University faculty patent filings through the Office of Technology Management (OTM) increased by more than 60 percent and 20 startups have been formed to license Washington University intellectual property.  In 2017, 92 faculty inventors received an issued patent and, for the first time in the history of the office, it received […]

Yang named editor-in-chief of Photonics Research

Congratulations to patent superstar Lan Yang, who has been named editor-in-chief of Photonics Research, a journal published by The Optical Society (OSA). Her three-year term began Jan. 1. Yang is the Edwin H. & Florence G. Skinner Professor in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis. She was recently featured in the WashU Women Innovate […]

Defect in debilitating neurodegenerative disease reversed in mouse nerves

Source: the Source – April 19, 2018 Scientists have developed a new drug compound that shows promise as a future treatment for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, an inherited, often painful neurodegenerative condition that affects nerves in the hands, arms, feet and legs. The researchers used the compound to treat the nerves of mice harboring the genetic defects that […]

International Women’s Day: Toward gender parity in tech transfer

Source: FUSE – March 8, 2018 Tech transfer has had an immense, positive effect on our nation in terms of growth, economic impact and societal benefit. In 2012 alone, more than $38 billion of net revenue was generated by university technology in the marketplace, according to the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). But these successes have […]