Category: College of Engineering

Atlas biotech gets $29M to create healing bacteria

July 22nd, 2014 in 2014, Boston Business Journal, College of Engineering, James Collins, Newsmakers 0 comments

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James Collins, College of Engineering

Eight months after Flagship Ventureslaunched its biotech to develop drugs based on microorganisms in the human body, Atlas Venture today announced $29 million in financing for its entry into that field…

Expert quote:

“Bacteria have been shown to be an ideal vector for the production and delivery of drugs for many diseases – many bacteria already exist in a commensal or even mutualistic relationship with the human body, they already contain compounds and metabolic pathways that can release or produce drugs and a large proportion of diseases are bacterial. Our goal is simple – use the amazing potential of synthetic biology to play a critical role in the development of therapies that lead to improved clinical outcomes for patients.”

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Bouncing water droplets could be used to charge phones

July 18th, 2014 in 2014, Chuanhua Duan, College of Engineering, Newsmakers, Wired 0 comments

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Chuanhua Duan, College of Engineering

Imagine a situation in which a small device could charge smartphones or other electronic items using only the humidity in the air, while also producing clean water…

Expert quote:

“Getting power from a condensation process is definitely a novel idea, as condensation is mainly used for thermal management. Recent studies of condensation on superhydrophobic surfaces [have] extended its applications in self-cleaning and anti-icing, but no one has correlated condensation with energy-harvesting before.”

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A Curriculum for Medical Device Progress

July 17th, 2014 in 2014, Arthur Rosenthal, College of Engineering, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Arthur Rosenthal, College of Engineering

Horace, the greatest Roman poet of antiquity, spoke of the need to “seek for truth in the groves of Academe” — and in the last four years, my colleagues in FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) and I took his advice. In scores of meetings and two large workshops, we consulted with hundreds of academics about a novel idea: a university-level program to address an important public health need by stimulating the development of new medical devices…

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The war on superbugs

July 16th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, James Collins, Newsmakers 0 comments

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James Collins, College of Engineering

Antibiotics are wonder drugs. They treat a range of bacterial infections, from battle wounds and pneumonia to tuberculosis and pinkeye. But these medicines are losing their edge. Germs are becoming immune to the drugs that had been created to slay them. This dangerous trend has been emerging across the globe

Expert quote:

“It’s making them vulnerable to the drug to which they’ve grown resistant.”

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Electricity Generation Discovery Paves Way for Rain-Powered Smartphones

July 15th, 2014 in 2014, Chuanhua Duan, College of Engineering, International Business Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Chuanhua Duan, College of Engineering

That age-old problem of mobile phones dying from lack of power could be about to end. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have demonstrated a process in which smartphones can be charged using electricity generated using just the humidity in the air…

Expert quote:

“This work provides a new approach for energy-harvesting, which can be used to power small electronic devices.”

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Where is the data?

July 14th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

Someone asked me recently, what is the population of Pakistan? 180 million — I said, with some confidence. How did I know that? Well, quite frankly, I didn’t. I guessed it based on the estimates being thrown around. The authenticity of estimates, mind you, by non-governmental organisations, international NGOs and other ‘websites’, is quite dubious…

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Getting a charge out of water droplets

July 14th, 2014 in 2014, Chuanhua Duan, College of Engineering, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Chuanhua Duan, College of Engineering

Last year, MIT researchers discovered that when water droplets spontaneously jump away from superhydrophobic surfaces during condensation, they can gain electric charge in the process. Now, the same team has demonstrated that this process can generate small amounts of electricity that might be used to power electronic devices…

Expert quote:

“This work provides a new approach for energy-harvesting, which can be used to power [microelectromechanical] devices and small electronic devices. Getting power from a condensation process is definitely a novel idea, as condensation is mainly used for thermal management. … Recent studies of condensation on superhydrophobic surfaces [have] extended its applications in self-cleaning and anti-icing, but no one has correlated condensation with energy-harvesting before.”

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Synthetic Polysaccharide Stabilizes Proteins

July 9th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Mark Grinstaff, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Mark Grinstaff, College of Engineering

Chemists have synthesized a novel class of carbohydrate polymers that could help retain the function of enzymes and protein drugs during storage (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, DOI: 10.1021/ja5036804).

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The bionic pancreas data

July 3rd, 2014 in 2014, BU Studio, College of Engineering, Edward Damiano, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Edward Damiano, College of Engineering

The New England Journal of Medicine recently published the early clinical data on the “bionic pancreas” being developed by engineers at Boston University and medical doctors at Massachusetts General hospital…

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Innovating science education: First Pakistani to get Howard Hughes professorship

July 3rd, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

Boston University’s Hamid Zaman and his students have developed a detector for counterfeit and defective drugs flooding poorer countries, among other technologies to improve medical care in the developing world…

Expert quote:

“My goal is to use the professorship to increase awareness about complex health challenges in developing countries, including Pakistan, and develop stronger academic ties between students. Collectively, I hope, we will be able to address high-impact health challenges of the developing countries, through innovation, context awareness and a broad-based approach.”

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