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Commercialization of Science and Technologies




  1. MindFocus: Control your own digital environment. Switching the CanFocus light to red means 30 minutes of no distractions, and people will learn to leave you alone. You are digitally silenced, so you won’t be disturbed when you need to focus.
  2. MeetingFocus: The meeting organizer can silence his or her own digital device as well as the devices of those who have been invited to the meeting.
  3. ManagementFocus: Provides analytics on when you use the phone and how often, and when you work. It can help improve office layout, placing people based on the work they do to limit distractions and maximize corporate productivity.

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August 8, 2013 · 10:18 pm




Apollonia Health

Joon Kim founded Apollonia Health, an oral healthcare biotech company

Apollonia Health researches and develops innovative oral hygiene products that can safely and selectively eliminate cavity causing bacteria.


The company manufactures revolutionary oral healthcare products made only with naturally occurring ingredients. Because of this, their products can be used safely by children.

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August 7, 2013 · 1:04 pm

ISIS Software Incubator (ISI)


The Isis Software Incubator (ISI) supports nascent software ventures in the development of products or services and assists them to trade without external investment.

The ISI has been supporting such ventures since late 2010 and launched an on-site incubation facility at Summertown, Oxford in mid 2011.

The ISI is currently accepting applications from entrepreneurs interested in joining our programme.

If you’d like to apply, have any questions, or would like to get in touch for a different reason, don’t hesitate to contact:

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July 22, 2013 · 7:47 pm




SVX is a local, impact investing platform connecting impact ventures, funds, investors and service providers to mobilize private capital towards public good.

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July 19, 2013 · 1:45 pm


proxmifyThe fusion of content management and social networking that boosts productivity

Foster collaborations by mapping how individuals connect based on interests, skills, expertise and needs.

Reach out! Engage your community, disseminate results, attract the best amongst your target groups.

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April 14, 2013 · 10:46 pm



Wealthfront’s platform helps clients build and manage a diverse investment portfolio, rather than paying for an investment bank or private wealth manager. You put in the account type, amount to invest, and age, and this SEC-registered, software-based financial advisor will provide professional financial advise at a lower cost. The service also manages the personalized online investment account for you.


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March 27, 2013 · 3:42 pm



Prolucid LocalGrid Technologies is a spin-off by engineers from Prolucid Technologies with extensive software engineering experience; specializing in complex, mission critical embedded systems. This experience and our industry partnerships have allowed us to develop a Smart Grid ready platform that can be rapidly customized and deployed to the grid.

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March 27, 2013 · 3:32 pm




COMMUNITECH provides expertise and resources to startup companies, engaging executive-level talent from the Region. With more than 30 monthly groups,  COMMUNITECH Peer2Peer network sees over 2,500 monthly attendees. This network gives their members an opportunity to plug into sessions with people in similar roles to explore common challenges, and exchange advice.

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March 14, 2013 · 5:52 pm



Venturelynx is sophisticated security and permissions system control who sees each news post, file or piece of data.

Entrepreneurs can take control of network, use best practices, raise funds easily.
Investors stay informed on investments and speed up due diligence.
Lawyers and Accountants focus on high value work, not searching for files.

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March 13, 2013 · 8:41 pm

Plenty of investment opportunities at the bottom

The case for nanotechnology

Nanotechnologies, utilizing minute-sized matter, have raised hopes of revolutionary development in a wide range of technologies that will drastically change our way of life. It has high potential for devising sustainable solutions to variety of societal issues and unprecedented improvement to our living standards from water purification to energy consumption.  Better healthcare, environment-friendly and general well-being can result when necessary measures are taken to enhance the viability of industrial scale applications. Manufacturing of higher performance products and services that are magical – like socks that never smell, glass that cleans itself, bandages that heal cuts, light-bulbs that last well over a decade.

World Economic Forum message was clear that innovation now is the matter of survival not just growth. Nanotechnologies and their bottom-up production systems, atom by atom, show great potential to address constraints of a mature economy.  By creating a world of new opportunities, new competitive advantages, new markets, economic growth is no longer restricted by over consumption.

Concerns regarding an aging population and pensions, who is going to pay and where will the work force comes from, find workable solutions. Nanotech based devices meet the demands of an active retirement by facilitating independence and lifelong learning. Nanotechnologies can enhance traditional ways of moving, caring and communication with an ageing population.

Nanotechnology disruptive impact on industry is much broader than previous technology-change scenarios, as they touch across range of industries. These innovative technologies will clean up the unintended consequences of the first and second industrial revolutions. Efficient use of energy and targeted drug delivery are most compelling drivers of nanotechnologies corresponding to atomically functional nanosystems, energy production, smart materials, instrumentation, catalysis, etc.
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Royal Microscopical Society’s Journal






Journal of Microscopy July 2012

Edited By: Tony Wilson

Impact Factor: 1.872

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2010: 4/9 (Microscopy)

Online ISSN: 1365-2818

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Microscopy: The Global Market











  • The global market for microscopes and accessories was worth about $3.1 billion in 2010. Sales are projected to exceed $3.2 billion in 2011 and $4.1 billion in 2016, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5% for 2011 to 2016.
  • The market for microscopes is estimated to reach nearly $2.7 billion in 2011 and is expected to increase at a 4.9% compound annual growth rate to reach nearly $3.4 billion in 2016.
  • The market for accessories and supplies is valued at nearly $488 million in 2011. This should reach nearly $632 million in 2016, for a CAGR of 5.3%.


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Nano-sandwich technique improves efficiency of solar cells

The active layer (blue line) is sandwiched between layers of dielectric material.






Researchers from North Carolina State University have found a way to create much slimmer thin-film solar cells without sacrificing the cells’ ability to absorb solar energy. Making the cells thinner should significantly decrease manufacturing costs for the technology (see paper in Nano Letters: “Dielectric Core–Shell Optical Antennas for Strong Solar Absorption Enhancement”).

“We were able to create solar cells using a ‘nanoscale sandwich’ design with an ultra-thin ‘active’ layer,” says Dr. Linyou Cao, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at NC State and co-author of a paper describing the research. “For example, we created a solar cell with an active layer of amorphous silicon that is only 70 nanometers (nm) thick. This is a significant improvement, because typical thin-film solar cells currently on the market that also use amorphous silicon have active layers between 300 and 500 nm thick.” The “active” layer in thin-film solar cells is the layer of material that actually absorbs solar energy for conversion into electricity or chemical fuel.








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