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When Slower Means Faster

As bacteria grow increasingly resistant to antibiotics, scientists are on the hunt for a fast way test how the bacteria infecting a patient will respond to a particular antibiotic. Professor Kamil Ekinci (ME, MSE), Assistant Professor Chuanhua Duan (ME, MSE) and postdoctoral fellow Vural Kara, along with collaborators from the BU School of Medicine, have developed a new rapid antibiotic susceptibility test that works by measuring the movements of bacteria More

The Hands-Off Approach

Associate Professor Douglas Densmore (ECE, BME), doctoral student Luis Ortiz (MCBB), Research Fellow Marilene Pavan (ECE), and software engineers Josh Timmons and Lloyd McCarthy from Lattice Automation (a software company Densmore co-founded) have demonstrated the usefulness of an automated pipetting robot paired with a novel software tool through a Journal of Visualized Experiments video. More

Dean Lutchen: Why Companies and Universities Should Forge Long-Term Collaborations (via Harvard Business Review)

In the last decade, there has been an explosion in the number of research deals between companies and universities. Companies, which have been reducing their spending on early stage research for three decades, have been increasingly turning to universities to perform that role, seeking access to the best scientific and engineering minds in specific domains. More

Bridge Builders

There can be a wide gap between new medical devices doctors need and the ones companies decide to make. This disconnect can leave doctors accepting something like a surgical instrument that hasn’t been redesigned in half century even when it can cause medical problems. Now, what started out as a year-long practical course for master’s students in Boston University’s biomedical engineering department, has turned into a way to help close that gap. More