July Notes from the Georgia Research Alliance
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Video profiles Cooper as one of Georgia's 'magnificent minds'

A new video airing on Atlanta's PBA 30 recounts the 1960s breakthrough made by GRA Eminent Scholar Max Cooper that changed the prevailing view of the human immune system. The discovery by Cooper and colleagues Robert Good and Raymond Peterson – that the body has two types of immune cells – opened up new doors for treating disease. Attracted by the capabilities of the Emory Vaccine Center, Cooper moved his research program to Georgia in 2008. Today, he primarily explores how monoclonal antibodies of sea lampreys can help diagnose and treat infectious diseases and lymphoid malignancies. • Watch the video > 

GRA-supported research and technology catch the attention of major news outlets

July brought national media coverage of two GRA-backed explorations. "NBC Nightly News" spotlighted Pindrop Security – a company that received GRA Venture Fund, LLC investment – in a story on the rapid rise of phone fraud. And GRA Eminent Scholar Ross Ethier of Georgia Tech was included in an intriguing Washington Post story on how space travel is impairing the eyesight of many astronauts. Watch NBC’s report >Read about Ross in the Post > 


NIH grant to advance Emory, Metaclipse research on Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Emory University scientists are teaming up with GRA Ventures company Metaclipse Therapeutics in a new approach to fight one of the most resilient forms of breast cancer: Triple-Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC). NIH awarded the research team $2.4 million to develop a TNBC vaccine that uses membrane vesicles from the patient’s own tumor. Metaclipse, which focuses on using the body’s immune system to attack metastatic cancer cells, has already tested the TNBC vaccine technology on mouse models; the new project builds on that earlier success. Read about the research >  • More on Metaclipse >  

Georgia's universities produce talent, generate ideas and technologies

Georgia’s universities are turning out much more than talented graduates — they’re also producing ideas that shape new technologies and products that create new businesses, says GRA President Mike Cassidy. In a brief video airing on, Cassidy outlines how the state’s universities attract top talent, invest in research infrastructure and launch new enterprises. GRA plays a significant role in those efforts, Cassidy says. • Watch the video >
GSU sets new research funding record

A year after it first topped the $100 million mark, research funding at Georgia State University grew by a remarkable 19 percent in FY16 to more than $120 million. James Weyhenmeyer, Georgia State’s vice president for research and economic development, attributes the increase primarily to “the strength and competitiveness of our faculty, staff and students.” Georgia State is one of 115 Carnegie I research institutions in the U.S. •
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Senate hearing explores cause, consequence of 'dwindling' startup activity in the U.S.

The United States should take new action to promote entrepreneurship, according to three experts who appeared this month before a U.S. Senate committee. Their presentation, "America without Entrepreneurs: The Consequences of Dwindling Startup Activity," featured recent findings from the Economic Innovation Group, a nonprofit working to promote a more entrepreneurial economy. Said EIG Co-Founder John Lettieri: "We now face many of the same challenges that cripple and calcify once-innovative businesses — growing risk aversion, slowing growth rates and broader transformations that threaten our market position."  • Watch the hearing or download the transcript >
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