The anticipated weak mass-spec market has not stopped vendors from launching new instruments, which may pay off later in the year when spending from the economic stimulus package could hit instrument manufacturers.

The University Funds, which operates under a "venture-development" model, has a $50 million investment fund and is reviewing research and intellectual property from UA and six other partner institutions with the goal of forming 10 companies.

The state is hoping that federal agencies will approve at least the $8.7 billion in grants the state expects to win under the $787 billion economic stimulus measure signed into law by President Obama on Feb. 17.

Supporters of the bill, which last year died in a state House committee, say it will pass this year because it would include as recipients developers of "any emerging" technology, such as alternative energy and nanotechnology.

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Building on its experience in different technology areas, the company is currently developing the single-molecule platform, which it plans to start testing next year with external collaborators such as the J. Craig Venter Institute.

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Bioinformatics Tool-Related Papers of Note, February 2009

The public-private BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota said the state should develop clusters in animal health, food, biofuel/renewable energy, and renewable materials capable of competing with other states.

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With its hybrid-core tool, an innovative hardware vendor gives clusters a run for their money — while promising to save yours.

The $3 million Stem Cell Commercialization Facility will open in June within 2,508 square feet of TechOne, the 100,000-square-foot first building of up to three that are planned to comprise the tech park, called TechTown.


Robert Redfield is floated as the next director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington Post reports.

The New York Times writes that the National Institutes of Health's All of Us Research Program is "ambitious" and that some are concerned it might be overly so.

Representative Lamar Smith's criticism of the National Science Foundation has "changed the nature of the conversation," according to ScienceInsider.

In PLOS this week: non-coding RNA function in yeast, transcriptomic profiles of malaria parasites, and more.