April 2016 Notes from the Georgia Research Alliance
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NIH re-invests in work of Clark Atlanta center

Prostate cancer research at Clark Atlanta University got a major boost in April with news of $2.75 million in NIH grants to a research enterprise headed by GRA Eminent Scholar Shafiq Khan. CAU’s Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development — the nation’s largest university-based research enterprise dedicated to prostate cancer — will use the grants to expand its capacity for discovery and outreach. More about CAU's center >

Eminent Scholar may be closing in on cause of rare muscular disease

People who suffer from drooping eyelids, weakened muscles and other symptoms caused by the rare disease myasthenia gravis are joining a nationwide study exploring the cause of the disease. GRA Eminent Scholar Lin Mei of Augusta University is leading the effort, which involves examining the blood of patients from nearly two dozen treatment centers across the U.S. The researchers' analysis is expected to reveal the presence one of two antibodies believed to cause the disease. NIH is funding the effort with a $3 million grant. More details >
Georgia Tech scientists offer ways to lower energy use

Improving how energy resources are purified represents a tremendous opportunity to reduce pollution and CO2 emissions — as well as energy use in the world. But how best to improve purification? In the April 26 issue of Nature, GRA Eminent Scholar David Sholl (left) and colleague Ryan Lively at Georgia Tech lay out a 7-point research agenda that they believe could have a dramatic positive impact on the environment while reducing energy needs and costs. See their recommendations >

Urjanet's growth garners media attention

Being named one of Atlanta's fastest-growing companies is quite an honor. But to have that distinction two years in a row — as in the case of GRA Ventures graduate Urjanet — is evidence that growth is very real. The Atlanta Business Chronicle included the provider of automated utility bill data to its "Pacesetter" list in April, thanks to Urjanet's growth in revenue and jobs. Urjanet also received investment from GRA Venture Fund, LLC. Read the release >
Global trade show honors DDS Systems 

A Georgia Tech startup marketing a highly efficient technology for 3D-printing ceramic molds has been recognized at the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, Hannover Messe. DDS Systems, which received GRA Ventures funding, not only found a new way to manufacture the ceramics — the company eliminated seven of the 12 steps in the casting process. The company was one of just five nominated for the Hermes Award at the 2016 convention. Watch a 2-minute video showcasing DDS’ disruptive technology >
A new look begins now

This month, the Georgia Research Alliance introduces Notes, a new format for keeping you updated on university-based research and entrepreneurship in Georgia that GRA has influenced. We welcome your thoughts on the content and format — send us a quick email, and we'll respond. 
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