Nanotechnology Now







Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


DHgate

Home > Press > Triad Business, Academic Leaders Win $100,000 Grant To Plan

UNCG's New Science Building
UNCG's New Science Building

Abstract:
UNCG is among a consortium of Piedmont Triad institutions to be awarded a $100,000 planning grant from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center to establish the state's first Center of Innovation (COI), focusing on the emerging field of nanobiotechnology.

Triad Business, Academic Leaders Win $100,000 Grant To Plan

GREENSBORO, NC | Posted on November 2nd, 2007

The consortium will use the funding to develop a business plan leading to an application to the Biotechnology Center for a four-year Phase 2 grant request.

The ultimate goal is to help establish the Piedmont Triad as a research hub for products and processes using very, very small particles - measured by the nanometer, or billionth of a meter. A meter is 3.28 feet. A typical human hair is about 80,000 nanometers across.

Nano-scale particles are being used in an increasing array of applications because scientists are finding they possess unique, often valuable characteristics that aren't seen in larger, more complex forms of matter.

The ground-breaking N.C. Biotechnology Center grant was made possible through the cooperation of the Piedmont Triad's three largest universities: UNCG, NC A&T and Wake Forest University.

The Piedmont Triad Partnership will administer the grant for the university consortium, according to Don Kirkman, president of the non-profit,12-county economic development corporation

When this first effort is successfully completed it will be the North Carolina Center of Innovation in Nanobiotechnology, but commonly referred to as COIN, according to Gwyn Riddick, director of the Biotechnology Center's Piedmont Triad regional office. "It will maintain a statewide focus, but its birth came in the Piedmont Triad region because of our champions, our assets and our desire to build on the nanobiotechnology sector from within. Eventually, almost anything dealing with nanobiotechnology coming out of any North Carolina university will potentially be part of the COIN."

Dr. Rosemary Wander, UNCG associate provost for Research and Public/Private Sector Partnerships, said the consortium plans to foster collaboration among universities and businesses state-wide to establish North Carolina as a globally recognized resource for industry-academic interactions in nanobiotechnology - and to serve as a model for other COIs in other business sectors elsewhere in the state.

"This is a major step forward for the Piedmont Triad and for the state," said Wander, who is also a member of the Biotechnology Center board of directors. "We needed the collaboration of these three universities to focus North Carolina's development of this important new sector. Just as biotechnology evolved from Research Triangle Park to become a major science brand for our state, the Piedmont Triad is fast becoming the nucleus for nanotechnology's statewide evolution."

"Nanotechnology is A&T's bread and butter," said Dr. N. Radhakrishnan, vice chancellor for research & economic development at NC A&T. "Collaboration with other universities will make us stronger, more viable and more competitive." He noted that NC A&T already receives funds to perform research in nanotechnology applications that include nanobiotechnology from the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Research Laboratory and other sources.

Dr. Mark Welker, WFU associate provost for research, said the universities' technology transfer directors deserve a lot of the credit for the first COI award. "Those offices have very strong, collaborative, working relationships and the hope is that these relationships will serve as the foundation for helping the whole state in the area of nanobiotechnology," he said. "COIN should be a matchmaker, liaison and one-stop shop for businesses that are interested in intellectual property, facilities, and expertise that is available in North Carolina in nanobiotechnology."

Strings attached to the Biotechnology Center's new COI program require recipients of the larger Phase 2 grants to demonstrate how they'll make the project self-sustaining after the grant money runs out. And a successful Phase I grant doesn't automatically lead to Phase 2 funding.

Locating the nano hub in the Piedmont Triad came naturally after NCA&T and UNCG established a $60 million two-campus collaboration focusing on the ultra-tiny world of nanotechnology - the Joint School for Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.The two campuses also have established a joint millennial campus, the Gateway University Research Park. That move built on the major nanotechnology research activity that had been established at nearby Wake Forest and at NC A&T.

The COIN consortium was facilitated by research leaders at each of the participating universities, with the support of Riddick and Kirkman. Besides Wander, Radhakrishnan and Welker, support also came from Dr. Sally Shumaker, associate dean for research at Wake Forest University Health Sciences.

Technology transfer officials of each university also led the process, including Jerry McGuire of UNCG's Office of Technology Transfer, Doug Speight of NC A&T and Michael Batalia of WFU. Also instrumental were Dr. Yousef Haik and Dr. Jag Sankar, nanosciences center directors at UNCG and NC A&T, respectively, and David Carroll, director of the Wake Forest Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials.

The Biotechnology Center is a private, non-profit corporation supported by the N.C. General Assembly. Its mission is to provide long-term economic and societal benefits to North Carolina by supporting biotechnology research, business and education statewide.

####

About UNCG
As a public institution more than a century old, UNCG has assumed its place among top-tier universities in North Carolina. Known for groundbreaking research, community service, caring faculty, and high-quality education, the University equips students with the best tools for the future.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Steve Gilliam
University Relations
(336) 334-5371

Copyright © UNCG

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

Academic/Education

FEI Partners With the George Washington University to Equip New Science & Engineering Hall: Suite of new high-performance microscopes will be used for cutting-edge experiments at GW’s new research facility April 29th, 2015

Renishaw Raman systems used to study 2D materials at Boston University, Massachusetts, USA. April 28th, 2015

SUNY Poly and Sematech Announce Air Products Joins Cutting-Edge CMP Center At Albany Nanotech Complex April 28th, 2015

SEFCU, SUNY Poly CNSE Announce Winning Student-Led Teams in the 6th Annual $500,000 New York Business Plan Competition April 25th, 2015

Announcements

Antibacterial Ceramic Nanoparticles, Appropriate Material for Medical Devices May 3rd, 2015

Nanometrics to Present at the B. Riley & Co. 16th Annual Investor Conference May 2nd, 2015

Time Dependant Spectroscopy of Microscopic Samples: CRAIC TimePro™ software is used with CRAIC Technologies microspectrometers to measure the kinetic UV-visible-NIR, Raman and fluorescence spectra of microscopic sample areas May 2nd, 2015

ORNL researchers probe chemistry, topography and mechanics with one instrument May 2nd, 2015

Grants/Awards/Scholarships/Gifts/Contests/Honors/Records

Oxford Instruments announces winners of the 2015 Sir Martin Wood Science Prize for China May 2nd, 2015

Rice University's Richards-Kortum, Vardi elected to National Academy of Sciences: Bioengineer, computer scientist join elite list of dual-academy members April 29th, 2015

Two-dimensional semiconductor comes clean April 27th, 2015

Scientists join forces to reveal the mass and shape of single molecules April 27th, 2015

Nanobiotechnology

Artificial photosynthesis could help make fuels, plastics and medicine April 29th, 2015

A phone with the ultimate macro feature: New attachment turns a smartphone into a microscope that can image and size DNA molecules 50,000 times thinner than a human hair April 29th, 2015

An effective, biodegradable and broad-spectrum nanoparticles as potent antibacterial agents April 28th, 2015

Weighing -- and imaging -- molecules one at a time April 28th, 2015

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More










ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project