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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: REGIONS-2012-2013-1 | Award Amount: 3.31M | Year: 2013

Be Wiser examines organisation and technical research challenges in some of Europes best known RTD regions. The technology focus is on wireless internet security; while the organisational challenge is to more effectively utilise Triple Helix clusters in regional innovation processes. This approach will strengthen Europes position in wireless rollout and address the challenges set out in the Digital Agenda. With the rapid expansion in wireless based devices, many undertaking complex and often highly confidential transactions, the security of data transmission is increasingly important as trillions of objects are connected via the Internet of Things. The need for fully secure systems cannot be overstated in retaining the confidence of all users and to balance the requirements of Citizens, Government and Enterprises in terms of their privacy and security needs. The clusters involved in this project are both central and peripheral and have strong technological complementary skills and experience they have varying levels of organisational sophistication in terms of how they manage their innovation processes and recognise the potential to mentor each other while working collaboratively on RTD challenges. Be Wiser will: Analyse the regions involved and the sector addressed via triple helix clusters bringing Policy Makers, Researchers and Enterprises together to focus on innovation processes and RTD; Develop a JAP and develop smart specialisation strategies and identify further research and product opportunities as part of broader economic development strategies ; Deliver tangible outputs that will enhance the competitiveness of the clusters, Seek new market opportunities for regional enterprises, especially SMEs; Mentor all partner regions on technology, business and clustering themes; Develop a sustainable business and resourcing plan.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: BIOTEC-3-2014 | Award Amount: 9.25M | Year: 2015

C-C bond forming reactions are at the heart of industrial organic synthesis, but remain largely unexplored due to long development timelines and the lack of broad biocatalytic reaction platforms. CARBAZYMES addresses these challenges by assembling an interdisciplinary and intersectoral consortium as a powerful synergistic tool to promote innovation in the field of biocatalytic C-C bond formation at large scale, and thus the global competitiveness of the European chemical and pharmaceutical industry. The proposed consortium, with 50% industrial participation, represents academia but also commercial interests in different stages of the research-to-market process. This top-down approach, together with a life-cycle innovation approach ensures an industrial drive to the project. Clearly aligned with the scope of topic BIOTEC3-2014, CARBAZYMES will pursue the biocatalytic synthesis (spanning TRLs 5-7) of 4 APIs and 3 bulk chemicals corresponding to market needs detected by the industrial partners in the Consortium. This will be accomplished through an inter-disciplinary approach which includes: i) a broad platform of 4 types of unique C-C bond-forming enzymes, mostly lyases; ii) the capacity to rapidly evolve enzymes to operate under industrial conditions by means of novel enzyme panels and massive screening methods; iii) application of microreactor technology for bioprocess characterization; iv) demonstration actions comprising technical (up to 100L) and economic viability studies carried out by industrial partners. CARBAZYMES unmistakably aims to have social and economic impact by addressing markets worth bn , developing enzyme evolution technologies beyond the state of the art and creating qualified jobs and technical-scale facilities at the industrial partners sites. CARBAZYMES will also achieve an environmental impact by enforcing that the developed processes replace more energy and resource intensive processes, thus leading to reduced environmental footprints.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2013.8.2 | Award Amount: 927.39K | Year: 2013

In many respects learning has been overtaken by the fundamental changes introduced by the information society and many Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) innovations have yet to make their way into the classroom despite the fact that society is demanding change in what and how we learn. This is the problem that the TELL US project seeks to mitigate by challenging learning providers in the form of an EU contest where new innovative TEL services will be shown across Europe to: education professionals, purchasers, students, and the general public.\nTELL US will demonstrate the range and quality of TEL products in order to enhance take up scalability, and encourage learning and education through these mechanisms. The TELL US project will:\n\tcreate regional contests using our network of EU countries/regions,\n\tbring regional winners together to compete for a Europe-wide prize in a Grand Final,\n\tShow through the contests approach how an already established or emerging TEL has been adopted and scaled-up in the formal leaning context.\nThe TELL US consortium is uniquely placed to deliver this through its broad European reach and through the consortium members close working ties with TEL stakeholders including pedagogical and cognitive experts. Each partner is already engaged in activities with education professionals, TEL solution developers, providers, educators, procurers and learners. The key impacts of TELL US will be to create demand through the valorisation of the use of TEL in education to suppliers, purchasers, consumers and educators throughout Europe leading to:\n\tA greater demand from schools and other formal educational institutes,\n\tA greater awareness and openness of educators to the possibilities of TEL ideas,\n\tA greater understanding of the products and solutions available to purchasers,\n\tA larger scale of market for TEL products creating growth efficiency which in turn will lead to a larger, more efficient market for TEL solutions within Europe and establishing Europe as a leading region on a global market.


Patent
Momentum | Date: 2014-06-24

An imaging system color image acquisition including: an image sensor; a tunable spectral filter arranged in an optical path of light propagation towards the image sensor; and a controller connected to the image sensor and to the tunable spectral filter. The controller is configured and operable for generating a colored image by sequentially operating the tunable spectral filter for sequentially filtering light passing towards the image sensor with three or more different spectral filtering curves during three or more corresponding integration time durations. The tunable spectral filter is configured, as an etalon and includes a pair of reflective surfaces. At least one of the reflective surfaces includes a layer of high refractive index of at least n=2.3 or even higher than 3, or a layer of low refractive index, smaller than n=1. The configuration of the etalon provide wide transmission peaks of the spectral curves with full-width-half maximum (FWHM) in the range of about 50 to 80 nm, free spectral range (FSR) of at least 300 nm, and thickness of the etalon in the order to 1 mm or even less.


Patent
Momentum | Date: 2014-05-01

Ordered (e.g., self-assembled) structures, arranged from peptide nucleic acids and/or analogs thereof, are disclosed. The peptide nucleic acids forming the ordered structures comprise from 1 to 10 PNA backbone units, at least one comprising a guanine nucleobase or an analog thereof. Processes of generating the ordered structures, uses thereof and articles-of manufacturing, devices and systems containing same are also disclosed.


An energy dissipator for use in a sumped manhole includes a sheet member. The sheet member defines a downstream surface, an upstream surface opposite the downstream surface, and opposing side edges each extending between the downstream surface and the upstream surface. The sheet member includes a plurality of apertures. Each of the plurality of apertures extends through both the downstream surface and the upstream surface. The sheet member extends in an arcuate manner between the opposing side edges. The dissipator is configured to intercept fluid flow within the manhole to decrease energy and control flow dynamics within the manhole.


A substrate structure is provided for use in a superconductive device. The substrate structure has at least one of its two opposite surfaces configured for carrying at least one superconductive structure thereon. The substrate structure comprises a substrate made of a dielectric material composition and having a tape-like shape of a predetermined geometry characterized by a width-thickness aspect ratio of at least 10 and global planarity of said at least one surface defined by a surface roughness on a nanometric scale substantially not exceeding 1 nm rms.


A system for alerting a person when a child has been left unattended comprising at least one sensor pad configured to send a first signal to a transmitter which in turn simultaneously relays the first signal to a plurality of receiver modules, wherein said plurality of receiver modules are configured to notify a person that a child has been left unattended if communication between the sensor pad and at least one of the plurality of receiver modules ceases. In addition, a method is provided for alerting a person when a child has been left unattended comprising the steps of sending a first signal, via a sensor pad, to a transmitter; simultaneously relaying the first signal to a plurality of receiver modules; and notifying a person that a child has been left unattended if communication between the sensor pad and at least one of the plurality of receiver modules ceases.


Hybrid hydrogels formed of a plurality of peptides that are capable of self-assembling into a hydrogel in an aqueous solution and a biocompatible polymer that is characterized by high swelling capability, high elasticity and low mechanical strength are disclosed, with exemplary hybrid hydrogels being formed of a plurality of aromatic dipeptides and hyaluronic acid. The hybrid hydrogels are characterized by controllable mechanical and biological properties which can be adjusted by controlling the concentration ratio of the peptides and the polymer, and which average the mechanical and biological properties of the peptides and the polymer. Processes of preparing the hydrogels and uses thereof in pharmaceutical, cosmetic or cosmeceutic applications such as tissue engineering and/or regeneration are further disclosed.


Patent
Momentum | Date: 2014-09-10

The present invention provides wheat cultivars that are resistant to leaf rust and/or stripe rust disease caused by strains of the fungus Puccinia and to means and methods for producing same. Particularly, the present invention provides wheat cultivars comprising a chromosome segment of Ae. sharonensis, the chromosome segment confers, enhances, or otherwise facilitates resistance of the wheat plants to leaf rust and/or stripe rust disease.

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