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    “Stealth device” could transform hidden heart condition monitoring

    By Sandy Marvinney A University of Washington spinoff company, Cardiac Insight, has set its sights on improving screening for one of the most common forms of irregular heartbeat — atrial fibrillation (a-fib). This condition affects about 2.2 million people in the U.S. and causes an estimated 50,000 to 70,000 strokes a year. A-fib is a challenge to detect during routine physicals because patients may notView More

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    Executive Academic Part 1: To CEO or not to CEO?

    By Eran Moore Rea Finally, your research works! You’ve churned through enough tin foil and recycled code to create something you could develop as a product. Your discoveries could change the world. What’s next? How do you present your product to investors? What exactly is your product? How do you run a company? Do you want to run a company? These are not questions inventorsView More

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    Nova TheraNostics brightens MRI images

    By Eran Moore Rea It was a surprise. Dr. Rodney Ho, UW professor of pharmaceutics, researches drug delivery for HIV treatment. In 2009, he created a new way to deliver HIV drugs to patients. HIV drugs rarely make it effectively to a patient’s lymph nodes. Ho thought binding the drugs to lipid (fatty particle) nanoparticles might help drug delivery. He eventually tested his drugs inView More

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    Professor to CEO and back again: Q & A with Dr. Vikram Jandhyala

    By Eran Moore Rea Vikram Jandhyala knows success in two worlds: business and academia. In 2006, he took a leave of absence from his professorship at UW to lead his start-up company, Nimbic. He returned to UW in 2009 and he has chaired the UW Electrical Engineering department since 2011. He now directs the UW Department of Electrical Engineering’s Applied Computational Engineering (ACE) Lab. HeView More

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    EnVitrum Turns Trash Glass into Green Building Material

    Bricks and glassware date back to the earliest civilizations, and the raw materials and basic technologies haven’t changed much over six millennia. Now, two UW Engineering graduate students have exercised techno creativity to rethink both bricks and glass, driven by a goal to develop a useful product from vast heaps of low-grade glass that ends up in landfills. UW graduate students Grant Marchelli and RenukaView More

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    Lodespin Targets Opportunity in Next-Generation Medical Imaging

    A new University of Washington spin-off company, Lodespin Labs, is emerging as a key player in the development of what could be the next big advance in medical imaging technology – magnetic particle imaging (MPI). It capitalizes on the magnetic properties of nanoscale iron oxide particles that can be injected into the bloodstream for real-time imaging of coronary blood flow and other heart functions. LodespinView More

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    UW Computer Security Researchers Release Tabletop Card Game: Control-Alt-Hack

    UW Professor Yoshi Kohno and PhD student Tamara Denning had a goal: to raise the public’s awareness of the vulnerability of computer systems and to create a new generation of programmers and managers who are on the alert for security holes. To accomplish this, they created an entertaining, high-quality game that will expose players to the world of computer security. “We designed Control-Alt-Hack to beView More

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    Plasma startup creates high-energy light to make smaller microchips

    By Hannah Hickey for UW Today To bring their solution to market two UW engineers have launched a startup, Zplasma, that aims to produce the high-energy light needed to etch the next generation of microchips. “In order to get smaller feature sizes on silicon, the industry has to go to shorter wavelength light,” said Uri Shumlak, a UW professor of aeronautics and astronautics. “Were ableView More

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    UW Researchers Improve Spirometry Testing and Asthma Care for Kids

    Spirometry, the measuring of breath, is the most common of the pulmonary function tests (PFTs), measuring lung function, and an important tool for assessing conditions such as asthma. Properly performed diagnostic spirometry and its correct interpretation are typically missing in primary care, and there are increasing calls for widespread training efforts to mitigate this deficiency. University of Washington researchers developed a suite of online resourcesView More

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    Pavia Takes Expressway to Market

    Most drivers don’t give a nanosecond’s thought to the asphalt under their tires, at least not until they dodge a pothole or slow to pass a hard-hat crew repaving an adjacent lane. We tend to take our highways and byways for granted, but the lifeblood of our economy passes through this four-million-mile arterial network. Besides moving people to jobs and other destinations, the network transportsView More