The team bringing safer peanuts to the world (from left): Wayne Szafranski, A&T director of economic outreach; Barry Burks, vice chancellor for research; Louis Judge, director of technology transfer; Jianmei Yu, research scientist; Johnny Rodrigues, Alrgn Bio founder; and Ann Russell, Alrgn director of U.S. operations.
The world’s first commercially available hypoallergenic peanuts have officially emerged from the laboratory.
Alrgn Bio, exclusive licensee of the hypoallergenic process patented by North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, has opened an office in the Gateway University Research Park. Batches of peanuts are available to the food industry for evaluation, Alrgn announced today.
“We have received tremendous interest since we announced in June that the technology is available,” said Johnny Rodrigues, Alrgn founder.
“We will work with food processors and manufacturers to establish this process as the industry standard for peanuts and peanut-derived ingredients. We’ll work together to deliver safer peanut products to consumers as quickly as possible.”
Alrgn made the announcement Thursday at its demonstration facility at the Gateway University Research Park in Greensboro, North Carolina. Alrgn is a spin-off of N.C. A&T and Xemerge, the North Carolina- and Toronto-based technology development company that originally licensed the A&T peanut technology.
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Ten new members have been added to the Nanomanufacturing Innovation Consortium since the group was established last year by the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering and Gateway University Research Park.
From the Triad Business Journal:
“The Nanomanufacturing Innovation Consortium was formed in July 2013 with an initial group of members that included RF Micro Devices, Syngenta and VF Jeanswear among others. Members pay a fee to join the NIC and in return gain access to the JSNN’s cutting-edge equipment as well as access to ideas and expertise from the school’s scientists.
“Other companies have joined since including International Textile Group’s Cone Denim and Burlington divisions, Callaway Carbons, Horiba and AxNano. The 25th member of the group and the most recent to join is Luna Innovations (NASDAQ: LUNA), a Roanoke company that makes fiber optic tools for the telecommunications, aerospace, automotive, energy and defense industries.”
Click here to see the full report in the Business Journal.
The Joint School and Gateway were founded by N.C. A&T and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
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Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
- WHAT: Nano Manufacturing 2014: A Conference to Move from Innovation to Commercialization.
- DATE: Wednesday September 24.
- LOCATION: Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, 2907 East Lee Street, Gateway University Research Park.
- ORGANIZERS: Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology, JSNN, Gateway.
- SPONSORS: Greensboro Partnership, North Carolina Department of Commerce, North Carolina Office of Science and Technology.
- PURPOSE: “Our primary goal is to bring together Founders, CEOs, Senior Executives, Business Leaders, Economic Development, Education, Government and Nonprofit Organizations to share their vision for the future and the opportunities that Nano Manufacturing enables.”
- FOR MORE INFORMATION: Mr. Elie Azzi (click here for email), 336 285-2802, www.nanomanufacturingconference.org.
The Gateway University Research Park has created space for use as a business incubator for nanobio start-ups. The “NanoBio Launchpad” is located at the park’s south campus in the building next door to the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN).
The 2,500 square foot space contains three offices, eight workstations and a shared laboratory.
From The Business Journal:
“Ideally, Launchpad occupants will be able to benefit from the close proximity to the JSNN and the new Nanomanufacturing Innovation Consortium, through which private-sector nano organizations gain access to the expensive equipment and brainpower at the school. In the best case scenario for Gateway, companies that get started in the Launchpad will grow into traditional space in the research park’s current and future buildings.”
The full Business Journal article is here.
The Launchpad is in the Research Facility One building. The building also contains the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service and East National Technical Support Center; Advaero Technologies, a N.C. A&T nanotech spin-off company; and Gateway’s administrative offices.
The Gateway research park and JSNN both are operated jointly by N.C. A&T and UNC Greensboro.
Some government agencies and businesses aren’t waiting for the energy industry to start delivering on the promise of biofuels. Increasingly, in North Carolina and other states, they’re moving ahead on their own.
Their progress will be the subject of the second annual statewide conference on civic and small-scale biofuel projects, to be held next month at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.
The event is organized by the Biofuels Center of North Carolina and is hosted by N.C. A&T and the Joint School. It will feature talks and case studies on smaller-scale biofuel and biomass production projects operating in North Carolina (including Charlotte, Hickory, and Raleigh), Florida, and Alabama.
Speakers will include officials of state and local government agencies, the private sector, and universities.
The conference will be held Thursday December 13, beginning at 10 a.m. It will conclude with a 3 p.m. tour of biofuel and bioproduct research and development projects at the JSNN. There is no fee to attend. Registration information and the full agenda are at the conference website.
The full title of the event is “Civic and Small-scale Biofuels Statewide: A Second Annual Convening of Civic, Production, and Agency Parties.”
Worth noting: Some places aren’t quite ready to move on such opportunities. A local case in point is reported in today’s edition of the News & Record.
The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, with the atrium lit up for event being held there Tuesday evening.
The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering has launched a program with Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University (BVDU) that will bring master’s students from India to the joint school.
“Their students complete the coursework for their M.Tech degree at BVDU, and a small number will come to JSNN to perform their research for their degree,” said Dr. Jim Ryan, JSNN dean.
“The program is very competitive, and the students who will come to JSNN are of the highest caliber. We expect four to arrive in January.”
Some of the students may have an opportunity to stay at the JSNN for their doctoral degrees, Ryan said.
From The Business Journal:
“Some young tech companies fund themselves with research grants, while others are able to secure backing from private investors. But an event later this month will explore how one can lead to the other.
“The event, held at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering in Greensboro on Oct. 25, will look at how a successful grant strategy can lead companies to investors.”
Admission is free, but advance registration at the conference website is requested. The program is sponsored by the JSNN, Gateway University Research Park, MBHB Law and Kymanox.
Joint School building on the south campus of the Gateway University Research Park.
Congratulations to the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering — its brand-new building has been honored with the Star Award as 2012’s most outstanding new construction project in North Carolina.
The award is presented annually by the Construction Professionals Network of North Carolina. The JSNN building won in the over $20 million category. The other category, under $20 million, also was won by a Greensboro project, the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.
Projects are selected on their merits and challenges. Criteria include the project’s outcome, overall project management, quality management, cost management, schedule management, project complexity, and innovation and creativity.
Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
The News & Record editorializes about the Greensboro Partnership’s 2012 State of the City Report:
“Manufacturing increased its share of Greensboro’s workforce from 11.1 percent in 2009 to 11.5 percent in 2010. At the same time, average pay in that sector rose by 5.3 percent to $54,017.
“This is one of the industry segments economic development leaders have focused on for years, with considerable help from the education community. Programs at GTCC, the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, even Guilford County Schools’ recent decision to place a STEM school — science, technology, engineering and math — at N.C. A&T, are critical efforts to provide skilled workers for a rejuvenated manufacturing sector.”