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UW-Madison, Ikonisys, Michigan Urology Institute

UW-Madison Spin-Off Company Scores $1M In State Funds
Wisconsin governor Jim Doyle this week announced that the state has awarded a $1 million grant to Stemina Biomarker Discovery, a nascent biotechnology company.
Doyle announced the award at a press conference in the lab of Gabriela Cezar, an assistant professor of animal sciences whose research on embryonic stem cells spawned the company. Cezar serves as CSO and co-founder of Stemina, which is the third Wisconsin company created from UW-Madison stem-cell research.
Stemina is developing a metabolomics platform that screens ESCs to predict drug toxicity (see CBA News, 3/9/07).

Ikonisys Sells Microscopy Platform, Bladder Application
To Michigan Urology Institute
Ikonisys this week announced the non-exclusive sale to the Michigan Institute of Urology of its proprietary Ikoniscope robotic microscopy platform and its oncoFISH bladder application. In conjunction with the Ikoniscope, oncoFISH bladder enables automated testing of cells found in urine specimens to aid in the detection of bladder cancer.
The company said that earlier this year, oncoFISH bladder became the first fully automated oncology diagnostic test to be cleared for marketing by the US Food and Drug Administration.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.