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Top 10 University Innovations 2019, Q3

Eve Satkevic

Eve Satkevic

Communications & Marketing Assistant – IN-PART, London Office.

The 10 university innovations in development by academic researchers that generated the most interest from our global R&D community in the third quarter of 2019.

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Getting active chemicals into hostile environments

10 University Innovations 2019, Q3 - IN-PART Blog Technology Features 1A new method to encapsulate chemical additives within tough microcapsules that can withstand hostile chemical and mechanical environments, making them perfect to deploy in process fluids, engine lubrication and coolants.

– From researchers at George Washington University

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Sweating fat

10 University Innovations 2019, Q3 - IN-PART Blog Technology Features 2A new approach to weight management that triggers the excretion of fat tissue through the skin, presenting a potential solution for weight control and the treatment of obesity, Type-II diabetes and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

– From researchers at the University of Pennsylvania

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Making unrecyclable plastics recyclable

10 University Innovations 2019, Q3 - IN-PART Blog Technology Features 2A new method of synthesising plastics that enables previously unrecyclable multicomponent (PET-PE) plastic products such as food packaging to be recycled.

– From researchers at the University of Minnesota

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A predictive genetic signature for prostate cancer

10 University Innovations 2019, Q3 - IN-PART Blog Technology Features 2A new genetic signature that will provide improved predictions of the outcomes for prostate cancer patients, which will also help healthcare practitioners to assess the risk of recurrence after prostatectomy.

– From researchers at the University of Oklahoma

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Wearable biometric sensors

10 University Innovations 2019, Q3 - IN-PART Blog Technology FeaturesUltra-thin (10x thinner than a human hair!) wearable sensors that can measure changes in pressure, strain, temperature and glucose levels for health, sport and behaviour monitoring, designed to be flexible, durable and highly accurate whilst also being low-cost to manufacture.

– From researchers at Monash University

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Unlocking the dexterity of robots

10 University Innovations 2019, Q3 - IN-PART Blog Technology Features

A soft robotic gripper that combines previously unrealised dexterity with adaptable delicate grasping, in a low-cost design that has broad potential applications in human-robot interactions including medical rehabilitation and service robotics.

– From researchers at The University of Hong Kong

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Superior antimicrobials for the 21st century

10 University Innovations 2019, Q3 - IN-PART Blog Technology FeaturesDespite facing challenges to reach the clinic, the recently discovered antimicrobial, Teixobactin, has shown great potential as a new antibiotic for the 21st-century. Now, a library of engineered Teixobactin analogues have been developed with superior antibacterial activity to the natural variant.

– From researchers at the University of Lincoln

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Creating high-value products from waste plastic

10 University Innovations 2019, Q3 - IN-PART Blog Technology FeaturesA new process to upcycle mixed plastics waste by using an innovative binding agent that allows previously unmixable plastics to be re-developed into new materials for commercial use, which could be used to drive a significant reduction in plastics going to landfill.

– From researchers at the Athlone Institute of Technology via the MU AIT ITC Consortium

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A new combination therapy for multiple sclerosis

10 University Innovations 2019, Q3 - IN-PART Blog Technology FeaturesA novel ex vivo model to screen central nervous system tissue for demyelination in multiple sclerosis (MS), through which a new combination therapy for MS using already-approved drugs has been identified.

– From researchers at Plymouth University

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3D-Printing ‘soft’ polymers for robotics and biomedicine

10 University Innovations 2019, Q3 - IN-PART Blog Technology FeaturesA technical solution for 3D printing ‘soft’ elastomeric polymers that will enable scalable production of the widely-used silicone rubber, PDMS, for companies working with dynamic materials in soft robotics and biomedical settings, such as bio-scaffolds and cell growth media.

– From researchers at North Carolina State University

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Technologies written by Joe Ferner (1, 6, 10), Eve Satkevic (2, 4, 8, 9) and  Katie Syddall (3, 5, 7). Edited by Alex Stockham.

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