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UCSB snags $48M in Army funds for biology-related research

By   /  Thursday, December 5th, 2013  /  South Coast, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on UCSB snags $48M in Army funds for biology-related research

UC Santa Barbara said Dec. 5 that the U.S. Army has renewed its contract with the university’s Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, providing an additional $48 million over three years to support biology-related research.

The new funds extend a decade of unclassified research in areas such as biotechnology tools, futuristic materials, energy generation and storage, systems and synthetic biology and neuroscience.

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Inogen files IPO to raise up to $86.2M

By   /  Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013  /  Latest news, Technology  /  Comments Off on Inogen files IPO to raise up to $86.2M

Inogen was founded in 2001 by three UCSB students, one of whom had a grandmother who had recently been placed on oxygen therapy. The therapy required heavy, bulky oxygen tanks that could not be taken on airplanes and other places.

After winning the New Venture Competition business plan contest at UCSB, the team went on to develop a device that used electricity to concentrate oxygen from the air. The concentrators were lighter and less bulky, weighting between 4.8 and 7 pounds.

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Transphorm, Fujitsu join forces on GaN

By   /  Monday, December 2nd, 2013  /  Latest news, Technology  /  Comments Off on Transphorm, Fujitsu join forces on GaN

Transphorm, Fujitsu and Fujitsu Semiconductor said they had reached an agreement to merge their gallium-nitride, or GaN, power supply lines of business. The deal is expected to result in Fujitsu and its semiconductor subsidiary both taking minority stakes in Transphorm in exchange for creating a new entity in Japan that will be capable of high-volume production. The companies said the move will “dramatically improve the market competitiveness of Transphorm’s GaN power device business.”

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Kavli remembered: Physicist employed thousands, gifted millions

By   /  Friday, November 29th, 2013  /  Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Kavli remembered: Physicist employed thousands, gifted millions

Fred Kavli

Born in Norway, Kavli made his way to the United States after World War II to pursue physics and expand on his lifelong entrepreneurial streak. In the late 1950s, he founded Kavlico Corp., a Moorpark-based maker of advanced sensors for cars and aircraft. He also invested in real estate for more than 50 years.

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Active Life device finds link between diabetes, bone issues

By   /  Friday, November 29th, 2013  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Active Life device finds link between diabetes, bone issues

A device made by Santa Barbara-based Active Life Scientific played a critical role in a new study at the Mayo Clinic linking Type 2 diabetes to bone problems.

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Philanthropist Fred Kavli dies at 86

By   /  Friday, November 22nd, 2013  /  Nonprofits, Real Estate, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Philanthropist Fred Kavli dies at 86

Fred Kavli, a Norwegian-born entrepreneur, scientist and philanthropist who created thousands of jobs and gave millions for the study of theoretical physics, died at his home in Santa Barbara on Nov. 21. He founded KavliCo Corp., a Moorpark-based maker of advanced sensors for cars and aircraft. He also invested in real estate for more than 50 years.

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Panel: Data is key to crowd funding success

By   /  Thursday, November 21st, 2013  /  Latest news, Technology  /  Comments Off on Panel: Data is key to crowd funding success

Crowd funding isn’t really about raising money. It’s about gathering data and contact information whose long-term value far outweighs the one-time cash that comes in. A group of crowd funding experts hammered that point home at an Oct. 20 event hosted by the Central Coast MIT Enterprise Forum at UC Santa Barbara. Crowd funding, in Read More →

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