News Article | November 1, 2016
Fifteen (15) winners and finalists of the SPACE RACE startup challenge were announced today by the Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI). The SPACE RACE is a first-of-its-kind global initiative, which was formed in partnership with NASA to encourage the use of federally funded technologies by startup companies. Startups launched from the SPACE RACE will move on to Phase 3 of the challenge, where they will be tasked with incorporation and licensing NASA technologies. Startups will receive continued guidance from CAI and available support from NASA technical personnel. The SPACE RACE, orchestrated by CAI and sponsored by the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation, features eleven risk-mitigated inventions, conceived and developed by seven NASA field centers. NASA collaborated with CAI, a 501(c)3 non-profit, to run a multi-phase business plan competition to launch startups and to encourage the adoption of NASA technologies. Leveraging NASA’s portfolio of technologies, CAI identified technologies within the industries of robotics, aeronautics, and energy that have near-term commercialization potential. The SPACE RACE crowdsourced driven industry and university entrepreneurs to create business models around these inventions and explore their market potential. All teams accepted were placed under a rigorous accelerator training and mentorship program for the duration of the challenge. The SPACE RACE was overseen by Daniel Lockney, Technology Transfer Program Executive at NASA, and by Rosemarie Truman, Founder of CAI. "The SPACE RACE Startup Challenge has provided NASA with the unique opportunity to engage with bright minds and entrepreneurs from around the country and assist them in forming new companies to commercialize NASA technology. We’re very excited to continue our relationships with these high-energy startups and help guide them through the finish line of successful commercialization," said David Makufka, Manager, Technology Transfer & Partnerships at NASA Kennedy Space Center. Rosemarie Truman, CAI Founder, added, “The SPACE RACE challenge is a timely and promising response to the recent Presidential Memorandum, which addresses the need to focus on establishing policies concerning climate change. We are enthusiastic about the impact these winning teams, focusing on renewable energy and other innovative technologies, will make as a result of this challenge.” The winning entrepreneurs were selected based on 10-page business plans, financial models, and 20-minute “live pitches” to a panel of expert judges. Each winning team in the competition will be awarded a $2500 cash prize and will be guided through incorporation and NASA licensing with support from CAI. Winning teams will also move on to the third and final phase of the challenge, in which they will compete for up to $1.2 million in seed funding for their new companies. The winning teams and their chosen NASA inventions are: University of Texas at El Paso - CDS Sun City SmartWire Invention #1: KSC-TOPS-6 A Device for Wire Fault Detection and Rerouting Winner University of Texas at El Paso - OKB Native Coatings Invention #6: KSC-TOPS-24 / KSC-TOPS-25 Liquid Coating for Corrosion Prevention in Rebar Winner New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology - PC Free Electron Designs Invention #10: GRC-QL-0016 High-Power Density Solid Oxide Fuel Cell and Fabrication Process Winner University of California at Los Angeles - KL Joule Invention #11: TOP2-231 Compliant Electrode and Composite Materials for Piezoelectric Wind and Mechanical Energy Conversions Winner The University of Chicago Booth School of Business - RPF Jakuta Invention #11: TOP2-231 Compliant Electrode and Composite Materials for Piezoelectric Wind and Mechanical Energy Conversions Finalist The SPACE RACE opened for entry in January 2016 and crowdsourced more than 300 aspiring entrepreneurs. During the challenge, 37 teams, representing over 60 universities from the United States and abroad, were placed into CAI’s rigorous accelerator training, where they were provided education, advice, and mentorship by leading experts from aerospace, law, business, advanced manufacturing, venture capital, universities, foundations, and government. “It was a pleasure to help startups in the robotics and aerospace industry find the best way of commercializing NASA's intellectual properties. It was great to witness innovative entrepreneurs from around the world who have built companies around NASA's inventions, which will improve our lives in the future," said Vit Goncharuk, CEO and Founder of Augmented Pixels. A partial list of challenge advisors, mentors, and judges can be viewed at http://www.space-race.org/supporters. This virtual accelerator program was offered free of charge to SPACE RACE participants and included more than 40 training sessions. CAI will continue to guide new companies, spun out of the SPACE RACE, beyond the competition to ensure their success. For more information on the challenge and our winners, please visit http://www.space-race.org/. ABOUT CAI: The Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI) is a global public-private partnership non-profit focused on creating a virtuous circle of innovation and driving growth breakthroughs through novel, creative paradigms and models. CAI's mission is to accelerate and increase the volume of technology transfer, translational research, commercialization, and entrepreneurship in various fields of research, including biomedical research, to make more research available to the world for educational and innovation purposes, improve the economy, and positively impact world health. Through its NIH-sponsored Breast Cancer Startup Challenge, Neuro Startup Challenge, and Nanotechnology Startup Challenge in Cancer competitions, CAI has launched 43 startups and trained more than 2000 entrepreneurs. For additional information about CAI, please visit http://www.thecenterforadvancinginnovation.org.
News Article | November 10, 2016
Vinitaly Russia returns to Moscow to support the timid, yet promising recovery of the Russian market On the 14th of November, Vinitaly International will return for the thirteenth year in a row to Moscow with Vinitaly Russia gathering Italian producers and Russian importers in the exclusive location of Swissotel Krasnye Kholmy in Moscow. The b2b event marks the hopeful beginning of a recovery in a country still divided on the one hand by an exponentially growing wine culture and on the other by an on-going but slowly improving economic crisis. The financial sanctions imposed by Western countries and embargos for certain products back in 2014 created a difficult economic situation, seen above all in the devaluation of the rouble. During the course of the last couple of years this has inevitably taken a toll on Italian wine imports: on the one hand wine portfolios have had to be realigned with an eye to high-margin and less expensive wines. On the other, producers, and especially medium-to-small sized wineries, have had to agree to suspended payments and offer deeper discounts. “We have been in Russia for almost 20 years and have witnessed the great potential of this market. In order to counteract the rouble depreciation we have developed a double strategy striving on the one hand to maintain our market share for premium wines such as Amarone and Brunello, and on the other to promote medium-priced wines like Valpollicella Ripasso, Primitivo and igt Toscana”, explains Pierangelo Tommasi, Owner and Export Manager at Tommasi Wine Estates. “We are very proud to be present at Vinitaly Russia 2016 and support Vinitaly’s strategy to present Italian wines as an unified Made-in-Italy brand. Nowadays individualism is certainly not the key to overcome an economic crisis”. Long-term strategy, structural partnerships, strong promotion and sacrifice are a must for all wineries wishing to maintain their presence in the Russian market. “We export to 60 countries around the world and have been in Russia since 2011” says Riccardo Pasqua, CEO at Pasqua Vigneti e Cantine Spa. “Our focus has always been a medium to-long-term strategy carried out in cooperation with a well established Russian partner. Even when the rouble was at its lowest our cooperation with a local partner has greatly helped to invest in medium-term actions aimed at covering possible market share losses.” “We have become clever at dealing with this on-going crisis”, says Ekaterina Kozlakova, Head of the Restaurant Division at OKB, one of Russia’s top wine importers, “but it was indeed necessary to introduce cheaper wines, an effort we asked our Italian producers to make in order to stay in the market.” In January-July 2016 Italian wine has seen a timid yet promising recovery with an increase of +4,5%, against last year’s -28% for a total value of 28,8 million euro and 27% market share. Wine represents 24% of Italian agribusiness export to Russia, the equivalent of 27,7 million liters, with a 70% represented by still bottled wine and 27% by sparkling wines. (source Italian Food, June 2016: http://www.italianfood.net/blog/2016/06/01/italy-leads-russia-wine-market/) This favorable trend will be confirmed by the presence at Vinitaly Russia of more than 160 wineries during the traditional afternoon Walk Around Tasting organized in collaboration with some of Russia’s top Italian wine importers and thanks to the collaboration with Media Partner, Simple Wine News and Technical Partner Nespresso. Italian wine will be represented North to South, with an impressive one third coming from Veneto, thus confirming the interest of Russian consumers for the region’s authentic DOC sparkling wines. Among the most exported grape varieties from the area, Veneto wineries will be showcasing Prosecco DOC, Colli Euganei DOC, Merlot, Cabernet, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. Veneto and Verona will also be the protagonists of a Masterclass chaired by Verona Wine Top, the wine competition organised each year by the Chamber of Commerce of Verona. For the first time VIA Scientific Director, Ian D’Agata, will pass the microphone to Italian Wine Ambassadors of the Vinitaly International Academy, Veronica Denisova and Nikolay Chashchinov. “I am looking forward to attending Vinitaly Russia” says Nikolay, “2016 has been another challenging year for the Russian economy, but I can see a definite growth in wine consumption. On the positive side, many new wine-bars and specialized wine shops have being opening with a more careful wine selection thus representing an interesting target for Italian producers, especially for lesser known Italian wines and grape varieties with better price/quality relationship.” The IWAs will be presenting the two VIA seminars “Five Italian wine icons from the Country’s leading estates” and “Learning about Italy’s many great wines: a panoramic tasting from North to South”. During the afternoon there will also be the announcement of the winner of the new social media contest launched by Vinitaly International on the Vinitaly Russia Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1696986207288843/). Participants need to send in a picture of Italian wine paired with a Russian city with the hashtags #onepictovinitaly and #VinitalyRussia. The prize is a trip to Vinitaly 2017. The contest ends on November 11th. For more information please visit http://www.vinitalyinternational.com/events/russia2016. You can register to Vinitaly Russia by clicking on the following link: http://www.eventbrite.it/e/vinitaly-russia-2016-tickets-28362284356 For more information: russia(at)vinitalytour.com About: Veronafiere is the leading organizer of trade shows in Italy including Vinitaly (http://www.vinitaly.com), the largest wine and spirits fair in the world. During its 49th edition Vinitaly counted some 4.000 exhibitors on a 100.000 square meter area and 150.000 visitors including more than 2.600 journalists from 46 different countries. The next edition of the fair will take place on 10 - 13 April 2016. The premier event to Vinitaly, OperaWine (http://www.vinitalyinternational.com) “Finest Italian Wines: 100 Great Producers,” will unite international wine professionals on April 9th in the heart of Verona, offering them the unique opportunity to discover and taste the wines of the 100 Best Italian Producers, as selected by Wine Spectator. Since 1998 Vinitaly International travels to several countries such as Russia, China, USA and Hong Kong thanks to its strategic arm abroad, Vinitaly International. In February 2014 Vinitaly International launched an educational project, the Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) with the aim of divulging and broadcasting the excellence and diversity of Italian wine around the globe. VIA has now also created its very first Certification Course with the aim of creating new Ambassadors of Italian Wine in the World.
A comparison between glomerular filtration rates estimated by means of serum cystatin C and those through creatinine determined enzymatically [Porovnání odhadů glomerulární filtrace ze sérových hladin cystatinu C a enzymaticky stanoveného kreatininu]
Dobrovolna H.,OKB |
Klinicka Biochemie a Metabolismus | Year: 2011
Objective: The aim of the study was to compare the results of estimating glomerular filtration (GF) obtained from creatinine, based on the 4-variable MDRD equation and the Lund-Malmö equation, with the results of glomerular filtration estimates obtained from cystatin C based on the Grubb equation. Settings: Department of Clinical Biochemistry St. Anne's University Hospital Brno. Material and methods: Single samples were taken from a set of 449 patients at the nephrology outpatients' department, in which both serum creatinine and cystatin C concentration were analysed. Differences between GF estimates calculated by Grubb and MDRD equations and between GF estimates calculated by Grubb and Lund-Malmö equations were tested. The null hypothesis was that the mean difference between compared GF estimates was statistically significantly different from zero. The calculated estimates of GF were evaluated by paired samples t-test and by variance ratio test (F-test). Results: In the groups of men and women with GF ≤ 1.0 ml/s calculated by Grubb equation, the results were in better agreement with estimates of GF obtained from the Lund-Malmö equation (p > 0.23) than with estimates of GF obtained from the MDRD equation (p ≤ 0.169). Further, in groups of men and women with GF 0.8-1.2 ml/s calculated by Grubb equation, results were in better agreement with GF obtained from the Lund-Malmö equation (p = 0.448) than with GF results obtained from the MDRD equation (p = 0.0015). In groups of men and women with GF > 1.0 ml/s (Grubb equation) these estimates were in better agreement with those obtained from the MDRD equation than results obtained from the Lund-Malmö equation. Conclusion: In the threshold-to-reduced interval values for GF estimates calculated by Grubb equation, results were in better agreement with estimates calculated by the Lund-Malmö equation than with those calculated by the MDRD equation.
Ryzhov S.B.,OKB |
Mokhov V.A.,OKB |
Nikitenko M.P.,OKB |
Chetverikov A.E.,OKB |
And 3 more authors.
NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics | Year: 2010
The task of constructing NPPs as the objects of regional power industry is included into the Federal Target Program on nuclear power technologies of new generation for the period till 2020. Such NPPs are considered as perspective sources of energy for solution of the problems concerning provision of electric energy, household and industrial heat to the regions with limited capabilities of the power grid. OKB "GIDROPRESS" present the conceptual study of RP design for the Unit of 600 MW (el.) power, taking into account their long-term experience in the field of development and operation of VVER reactor plants. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.