Spanish scientists have developed a new piece of software to predict the source of fecal pollution in seas, reservoirs and rivers. The system, called Ichnaea, uses the automatic learning and analysis of various biological indicators to make highly reliable predictions of this type of pollution, which poses a serious health risk. The team is now looking for funding to move the whole application to the cloud.
At the inauguration of its pilot production plant near Zurich, Swiss start-up Flisom -- that develops innovative technologies for manufacturing flexible low-cost, high-performance thin film solar cells based on copper-indium-gallium-(di)selenide -- secured another investment of CHF 10 million following an earlier investment of CHF 42.5 million just two years ago. With its roll-to-roll manufacturing the company is capable of producing one meter-wide rolls -- an unprecedented capacity.
Genomics England announced that it will be using technology co-developed in a partnership between the University of Utah and Omicia to interpret the DNA of Britons as part of the 100,000 Genomes Project, a national effort to hasten creation of diagnostics and treatments that are tailored to a person's genetic make-up. The VAAST and Phevor algorithms are core components of the Omicia Opal platform, which transforms genomic data into clinically relevant information.
doDOC, the Coimbra and Boston-based startup, was selected by Techstars. doDOC helps highly regulated enterprises to focus on the content, import and share highly complex documents with its web-based platform. It is the first Portuguese startup to win a spot in the prestigious business accelerator and it was found by three MIT Portugal Ph.D. graduates Carlos Boto, Federico Cismondi and Paulo Melo.
As part of the European DESERVE project, VTT, Iveco Finland and TTS-Kehitys Oy are developing a new software platform which will bring autonomous driving features to trucks. The truck of the future will sense nearby obstacles and possible safety risks, and inform the driver. The vehicle will also monitor driving behavior and draw the driver's attention to possible hazardous situations.
SAGE, one of the world's leading independent and academic publishers, has launched a new open-access journal Cardiovascular and Thoracic Open. Aimed at surgeons and medical professionals alike, this international, open-access, peer-reviewed journal will publish research from around the world pertaining to cardiovascular and thoracic medicine.
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, has announced that it has been selected by the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation to publish its journal, the American Journal of the Medical Sciences, as of January 2016.
Dell today announced its extended partnership with the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) to help clinical researchers and doctors globally expand the reach and impact of the world's first FDA-approved precision medicine trial for pediatric cancer. The renewed commitment includes an additional $3 million Dell grant to support continued collaboration with TGen and support the Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Research Consortium's expanded pediatric cancer clinical trials in EMEA, starting with sites in France and Lebanon.
For at least three days this month, Philadelphia will be the Silicon Valley of biotech. Nearly 40 startups and small businesses funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) with innovative biomedical technologies based on fundamental research will be in Philadelphia June 15-18 at the 2015 BIO International Convention, the world's largest gathering of the biotechnology industry.
The College Board and the National Science Foundation are announcing an extension of their partnership to support teachers and schools in offering the new Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles course in the fall of 2016.