The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has awarded the University of Kansas $8.1 million to establish a proof-of-concept center that will help drive medical innovations toward commercialization, the Kauffman Foundation said this week.
 
The planned center, called the Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation, will receive matching funds from the KU Endowment Association, and will provide seed grants for as many as 24 POC projects per year undertaken by researchers from KU and Kansas City’s Children’s Mercy Hospital.

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The US National Institutes of Health has developed guidelines to gauge whether frail chimpanzees are healthy enough to be moved to a retirement sanctuary.

Osamu Shimomura, who won the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on green fluorescent protein, has died.

Stat News reports that the head of IBM Watson Health is leaving her post.

In PLOS this week: analytical approach for finding new genetic associations, analysis of Streptococcus pyogenes-infecting viruses, and more.