News Update Tuesday December 6, 2005

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News for Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005

* U. Washington to Form Technology Business Incubator

* U.S. Faces Rising Competition from China, India, in Innovation

* U.S., Egypt, Renew Technology Research Collaboration Pact

* U. Virginia to Streamline Health Business Office Workflow

* Deals: Indiana U. Ops Center to Support LambdaRail Network

* New Tech: SCORM-Based 3D Training Authoring Software

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U. Washington to Form Campus Tech Business Incubator

The University of Washington is planning to create a
Technology Enterprise Institute to launch pre-commercial
high-technology businesses on campus. The proposal was
made last week by Washington Provost Lee Huntsman, who
said the institute will be unique within higher education
by integrating activities that already exist on campus
to support new businesses creation.

The institute will specialize in helping to form startup
companies that are too small to attract attention from
venture capitalists, Huntsman said. Most of the companies
would be based upon ideas of UW faculty and students.
Refinement of the ideas would occur in a facility managed
by the institute, with students working as interns. "There
is nothing that the university will be doing in the institute
that it isn't already doing, albeit in a less coordinated way,"
says Huntsman. He noted that the university has $50 million
in equity in private sector start-up companies.

"But what will be different here is the linkage between
forming new enterprises and the academic disciplines that
seek to learn more about enterprise formation," said Huntsman.
"An apt analogy is the teaching hospital and medical school.
He said over time, the institute's effect on education could
be substantial. "Imagine someone graduating with a Ph.D. in
microbiology, with two years' experience working in a
high-technology startup company. People with a background
like that will be an important part of the knowledge economy."

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U.S. Faces Rising Competition from China, India, in Innovation

Most U.S. business professionals believe the U.S. is likely
to lose market share in the information technology and
Internet economies to China and India as a result of
superior innovation in those countries, according to the
results of a quarterly survey of U.S. business professionals.
A majority of 1,962 survey respondents (81.1%) believe the
U.S. needs to develop policies to increase the number of
graduates in engineering and science to maintain its
innovative competitive edge against other countries.

The survey was conducted by IMD MBA, a business school
based in Lausanne, Switzerland, Fast Company magazine,
and Egon Zehnder International, an executive search firm.

Most respondents (74.5%) agreed that innovation can and
should happen anywhere in the world and that U.S. companies
should worry less about international rivalry and focus
more on where to get things done. "Respondents identify
increasing competition from China and India but support
the importance of gaining experience and doing business
in those markets," said Professor Sean Meehan, IMD's MBA
Program Director.

U.S., Egypt, Renew Technology Research Collaboration Pact

The U.S. and Egypt renewed a joint science and technology
research agreement in Alexandria, Egypt, last week, extending
five more years of scientific cooperation and technology
transfer between the countries.

At a ceremony at Bibliotheca Alexandrina - the new Library
of Alexandria. Under Secretary of State for Democracy and
Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky and Amr Ezzat Salama, Egypt's
minister of higher education and the minister of state for
scientific research, renewed an agreement that was first
signed in 1995.

The agreement is designed to strengthen scientific capacity
and interaction between the U.S. and Egyptian scientific
communities. The U.S.-Egypt Joint S&T Board oversees the
agreement and allows both governments to sponsor a range
of activities. Members include six officials from Egypt
and six from the U.S. From 1996 to 2002, the fund received
$1 million from each country annually. In 2003, USAID
increased its allocation through the State Department to
$1.5 million, and Egypt matched the increase, bringing annual
contributions to the fund since that year to $3 million.

U. Virginia to Streamline Health Business Office Workflow

The University of Virginia Health System is moving toward
a unified electronic health record system. The hospital is
now capturing patient data with an enterprise patient data
management system. The Siemens Inc. Invision system also
triggers a scanning application for paper documents presented
by in-patients at the hospital's registration desk. The
"RegScan" system from Streamline Health Inc. electronically
captures insurance cards, driver's licenses, beneficiary notices,
and consent forms, which can then be accessed throughout the
hospital's administrative offices.

Deals: Indiana U. Ops Center to Support LambdaRail Network

Indiana University's Global Research Network Operations
Center will support the National LambdaRail (NLR), a
project by U.S. research universities and several technology
companies to build a national optical network infrastructure.
Indiana University's Global NOC is providing installation,
operations and project management support across the country
for NLR's PacketNet and FrameNet services, including service
desk, network operations, and engineering services.

Michael McRobbie, vice president for Research and Information
Technology at Indiana University, said the LambaRail deal will
help the school's NOC maintain skills "to assist the community
in its ongoing evolution in next-generation discoveries and

New Tech: SCORM-Based 3D Training Authoring Software

Right Hemisphere released last week a new SCORM-compliant
version of its Deep Creator 3D authoring software, used
to integrate 3D scenes and interactive training content
for training simulations. Deep Creator 2.2 is compliant
with the (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) 1.2
specifications, a requirement for delivering training
content via the Web. The release also features additional
2D widgets and 3D content authoring capabilities that further
speed content authoring. The authoring tool is known as an
easy-to-use, rapid courseware, according to the firm's
chief technology officer.


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