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News 01-07-2003

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U. Chicago Incubator Program Spawns New Biz

The University of Chicago said more than 70 entrepreneurial start-ups have been bred from research projects begun at the school and through its partnership with the Argonne National lab. The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business recently received a $7 million dollar gift to fund the burgeoning program, now the second most popular major at the business school. The list of firms spawned by the program includes:

Arryx. Tools for nanoscale assembly, introduced by Arryx, are based on optical technologies developed by U. of C. scientist David Grier. First used in biological research applications, Arryx is developing tools for dynamically configurable biochips, cell sorters, purification equipment and optical switch/router components.

Chromatin. Discoveries by U. of C. scientist Daphne Preuss are being used to explore how chromosomes might be designed and incorporated into cells. The goal is improved agricultural yields, and the development of plants that produce novel pharmaceuticals and chemicals.

Sarvega. A product of the Entrepreneurship Program's New Venture hallenge, Sarvega is a provider of high-speed routing switches. The company's Xesos technology secures, accelerates and routes XML traffic at wire speeds.

Smart Signal. Based on technology developed at Argonne National Laboratory for nuclear power plants, Smart Signal uses mathematical algorithms and predictive modeling techniques to provide software that anticipates and avoids failures in electronic systems.

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U. Miami Opens Supply Chain Management Center

The University of Miami said it would open the M. Anthony Burns Center for Advanced Supply Chain Management in collaboration with Ryder System Inc., and IBM Corp. The Center will conduct research and provide executive education programs in supply chain management—the process of managing the efficient flows of goods, information, funds, and work among trading partners worldwide. In addition, Ryder and IBM will provide expertise in supply chain management. The University will seek additional corporate sponsorships to help support the new initiative. IBM will offer its intellectual capital through curriculum development strategies and a presence on The Center's board. The inaugural seminar program of the Center is scheduled for January 22-24, 2003 at the Conference Center of the Americas in the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Fla.

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SCT's Luminis Finalist for 2003 Codie Software Award

The Campus Pipeline Luminis product family from SCT, formerly Campus Pipeline Inc., is a finalist in the Software & Information Industry Association's 2003 Codie Awards. The technology is in the running in the running in the category of Best K-16 Educational Total Comprehensive Solution. The awards, honoring the software industry's best products and services of the past year, will be announced on May 6.

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Deals, Awards, Contracts in Higher Education

RICH MEDIA—Italian-based Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore has selected Click to Meet from First Virtual Communications as a rich media communications solution for its eLearning programs. The school, with 42,000 students and 3,000 teachers, is the only Italian university with multiple sites dispersed throughout Italy and headed by a single entity located in Milan. Click to Meet enables PC users to attend online Web conferences while sharing video, audio, and data through an easy and intuitive Web interface. Click to Meet can connect in the same Web conference endpoints connected to the University's intranet as well as ISDN-based systems, enabling point to point and multipoint sessions between these endpoints.

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