October 2015 E-News Wrap-up from the Georgia Research Alliance

Wonder how we invent GA's future?

Then wonder no more: A new video produced by GRA provides an overview to some of the remarkable discoveries that have emerged from Georgia's universities. Produced and narrated by Lance Russell, creator of The Stories of Atlanta, the video celebrates the scientific ingenuity in Georgia that has given rise to inventions ranging from the world's no. 1 HIV medications to the famed Endless Summer hydrangea. It also gives an idea of what might emerge next from the state's university laboratories. If you're looking for an inspiring video that showcases Georgia's inventive spirit to share at an upcoming conference or gathering, this three-minute piece might fit the bill. Contact Amanda Schroeder at GRA if you have any questions.
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GRA briefs Georgia delegation, honors Sen. Johnny Isakson

A stunning view of the U.S. Capitol from the Jones Day law firm in Washington, DC provided the backdrop to GRA’s briefing this month to the Georgia Congressional delegation on how the state’s research universities are contributing to Georgia’s economic vitality.

At a dinner that included the presentation of the GRA Legacy Award to U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, the presidents of Georgia’s research universities joined officials from the University System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development in the update to elected officials and their staff.

“Our work would not be possible without the vital role of the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Agriculture and other important agencies that provide competitive funding for research and development in our universities,” said Doug Hertz, president and CEO of United Distributors and GRA’s chair.

Hertz noted that Gov. Nathan Deal has strengthened state support for GRA and called on Georgia’s delegation to continue to prioritize the funding of scientific research “so Georgia can remain competitive in the global economy.”

In recognizing Sen. Isakson, GRA President Mike Cassidy said, “The Senator understands the science and appreciates the impact that converting that science into new business and jobs has on the economy of Georgia and the quality of life of Georgians. He is a great champion in every sense of the word.” 

“Georgia is second to none in what we can provide to businesses and the world when we combine the talents and time of our research universities with our workers and enterprise,” Sen. Isakson said.
   • View pictures from the 'State of Invention' dinner >
   • Read the news release from Sen. Isakson >

UGA discovery casts light on ovarian cancer treatment

The effectiveness of chemotherapy on ovarian cancer is tied to a type of protein, two University of Georgia scientists have found, and one of the scientists has pinpointed what drives the effect of that protein. In an article in Future Medicinal Chemistry, Mandi Murph and Shelley Hooks learned that the protein RGS10 impacts how effective chemotherapy will be — and Murph discovered that another protein causes RGS10 to promote chemo-resistance. Their findings have jump-started interest in the protein. • More >

Seed grants made
to Emory-Ga Tech research teams

Immunologists from Emory and engineers from Georgia Tech are teaming up alongside researchers from other fields to develop pilot ideas in research that merit further exploration. Five teams — all part of the ImmunoEngineering Consortium between the two universities — are focusing on both fundamental immunology and studies to predict, measure and control human immune response, according to GRA Eminent Scholar Ignacio Sanz of Emory. GRA is taking the lead on funding the effort.
More about what they're exploring >

GRA Ventures invests again in CellectCell

CellectCell, a company launched out of Georgia Tech just this year, has received a Phase II investment from GRA Ventures to advance its technology for isolating stem cells. Based in Marietta, CellectCell has developed a novel process and disposable cartridge (image above) that isolates stem cells quickly and with high specificity, sensitivity and purification efficiency. The highly versatile technology was developed by five researchers at Georgia Tech. To help leads its efforts, the company has partnered with Medtown Ventures. • More >
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