July 2017 Notes from the Georgia Research Alliance
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Carbice nets $1.5M investment, co-led by GRA Venture Fund 

One of the great riddles of electronic devices — how to keep them from overheating — has been partly solved by Georgia Tech startup Carbice. This month, GRA Venture Fund, LLC joined TechSquare Labs in making a $1.5 investment in Carbice. The company’s peel-and-stick adhesive tape, forged from carbon nanotubes and recycled aluminum, has proved to be effective in dissipating heat in devices, a major challenge for electronics companies. The investment will be used to support further product testing. • Read about the investment >More on Carbice >

Inlighta lands $2M grant to test MRI agent

If you spot tumors sooner in hard-to-find places, you can save more lives. That simple axiom is behind a Georgia State University invention that led to the launch of Inlighta Biosciences, a GRA Ventures company. The invention is a contrasting agent that significantly enhances MRI images of tumors, and in July, the National Institutes of Health announced a $2 million grant to Inlighta to conduct pre-clinical testing. Regents Professor Jenny Yang developed the contrasting agent, which has the power to detect liver cancer and other cancers much earlier. Inlighta will collaborate with Georgia State and Emory to further develop the contrast agent. • More on the award >


Eye-tracking study: How children focus on the world can be traced to genetics

It’s known that genetics factors prominently in autism — and now, scientists in the Marcus Autism Center have discovered that it also strongly influences how children pay attention to the world. Building on earlier groundbreaking studies that examined the eye movements of children early in life, researchers used eye-tracking technology to see how 338 children followed videos of scenes from childhood. They found that the eye movements of identical twins followed the same patterns — down to milliseconds — while other children experienced much higher differences in what they chose to focus on. In the study, toddlers with autism were much more likely to look at objects in the videos rather than faces. GRA Eminent Scholar Ami Klin, who heads the center, is one of the authors of the study, published this month in Nature. • More on the study >Watch a video in The New York Times >


Nothing like experience: Georgia Tech's VIP 
helps prepare the workforce of tomorrow

What if your undergraduate education in college included a multi-year experience that felt like working for a real company? And you had a role to play on a team solving a real-world challenge? That’s the experience Georgia Tech offers its students in a program pioneered by GRA Eminent Scholar Ed Coyle. Called VIP (for Vertically Integrated Projects), the program has student teams working to advance knowledge in a defined area over many years. It’s a novel approach that has inspired dozens of other U.S. universities to try — one of them being the University of Georgia. • More about how it works >

GRA welcomes (and thanks!) Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo may be based in California, but they're very good to Georgia — and that includes the Georgia Research Alliance. We're proud and pleased to announce that Wells Fargo continues to be among the steadfast supporters of GRA. It's good to be aboard the stagecoach! • See Atlanta Business Chronicle's coverage of Wells Fargo's gifts to Georgia >

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