Attention Point, a U.Va. start-up dedicated to improving the diagnosis of neurobehavioral health disorders, recently launched DefiniPoint, the first online ADHD assessment system in the U.S. Sam English, founder and CEO of Attention Point, made the announcement at last week’s Virginia Psychological Association Fall Convention.
DefiniPoint is based on the work of U.Va. researchers Kim Penberthy, Boris Kovatchev and Daniel Cox and collaborators. The product uses patented Bayesian algorithms developed at U.Va. to integrate the results from multiple rating scales and multiple informants, such as parents and teachers, to create a single, more accurate probability rating for ADHD. Traditional ADHD assessments use paper-based rating scales that are difficult to customize and often lead to an incomplete assessment of the child’s ADHD symptoms.
The Center for Disease Control reports that 9.4 percent of all children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with ADHD. Attention Point hopes that this new system will vastly improve the accuracy of ADHD classification and treatment plan for millions of individual children.
Attention Point offered free use of the DefiniPoint system to all Virginia Psychological Association members for three months and expects to launch the product nationally in early 2013.
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Want to know what it takes to start your own company, or get SBIR/STTR funding? Could you use a refresher on intellectual property? We’re here to help!
Our new Learning Center is home to informational primers designed to assist non-experts in learning the basics of technology transfer, intellectual property and entrepreneurship. Our first five presentations include:
- Introduction to Technology Transfer
- Introduction to Intellectual Property
- Determining Inventorship in an Academic Setting
- Launching a Company
- Introduction to SBIT/STTR Awards
Big thanks go out to all of our partners who contributed to this new addition, including the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Darden School of Business. We’ll continue to add to the Learning Center as time goes on, so let us know what topics you’d like to see — and if you’d like us to present any of these topics or others to your department, lab or other group.
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The U.Va. Bay Game, an interactive simulation based on the Chesapeake Watershed, will be featured at the second annual SXSW Eco conference October 3-5 in Austin, Texas. The three-day conference will address the need for a collaborative approach to solving the challenges facing the environment, the economy and civil society.
As an alternative to a traditional conference panel, the U.Va. Bay Game will be presented as an interactive session, in which attendees can sign up to participate in a simulation. CNN Correspondent and SXSW Eco alum Philippe Cousteau, head of Azure Worldwide, will lead two simulations of the interactive Bay Game, providing a unique platform for the project to attract more attention and resources.
The U.Va. Bay Game is sponsored by the U.Va. Vice President for Research in partnership with Azure Worldwide. For more, visit SXSW Eco or the U.Va. Bay Game.
Students, interested in competing in this year’s U.Va. Entrepreneurship Cup? Are you looking for team members, or an idea to get you started?
Get started on the right foot by attending a Design Thinking Workshop. Held at OpenGrounds on the U.Va. Corner, these workshops will provide students with opportunities to compare interests, form teams and develop concepts for their E-Cup submissions. Business experts will also be on hand to help students craft their business concepts in the emerging style of “design thinking.”
Workshops will take place on Sept. 28 at 12 p.m., Sept. 29 at 9:30 a.m., and Oct. 2 at 5:30 p.m. The October 2 workshop will be a part of the Venture Forward on First Tuesdays series. To learn more about the workshops and to register, click here.
We’ll also be hosting an information session Sept. 26, 4-6 p.m., in Newcomb Hall’s Kaleidoscope Room. To attend this session and learn everything there is to know about competing in the E-Cup, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.Va.’s OpenGrounds and Vonage, a national communications company, are jointly sponsoring a competition challenging U.Va. students to invent the next generation of social messaging.
The competition, which offers $25,000 total prize money, invites U.Va. undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students to submit technical or non-technical proposals with their ideas for the future of social messaging.
OpenGrounds director Bill Sherman and Vonage CEO Marc Lefar, a 1985 graduate of U.Va.’s McIntire School of Commerce, hosted a kickoff event for the competition at a gathering on the Rotunda steps yesterday.
For more information about the competition, click here or view the media coverage below.
U.Va. and Vonage Challenge Students to Invent the Next Big Thing in Social Messaging (U.Va. Today 9/9/2012)
Collaborators Launch Contest (Cavalier Daily 9/11/2012)
U.Va., Vonage Partner in Social Media Competition (NBC29 9/10/2012)
U.Va. Students Take Part in Vonage Competition (Newsplex 9/10/2012)
Two U.Va. spin-off companies have been selected to present at the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Biotech Conference, to be held Sept. 27-28 in Bethesda, Md.
Charlottesville-based ADial Pharmaceuticals LLC and Xdynia will join 20 other companies from Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia in presenting to an estimated 850 conference attendees, including investors. Both companies will present in the conference’s “Emerging Growth” category, which features companies seeking investment for “promising technologies or products” in development.
ADial will showcase its emerging treatment for alcoholism.
“Alcoholism is a debilitating diseases that afflicts over 200 million people worldwide,” said William Stilley, CEO of ADial. “Our drug, AD04, effectively treats alcoholism by reducing the harm from drinking among those with specific genetics.
“ADial is excited to have the opportunity to shed more light on the disease and treatment of alcoholism at Mid-Atlantic Bio.”
Founded earlier this year, Xdynia will present drugs that could be used to prevent and treat neuropathic pain, such as the chronic pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, cancer, HIV, trauma and phantom limb.
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Andrew Krouse, Timothy Macdonald (center) and Lloyd Gray of Tau Therapeutics. Photo by Tom Cogill.
U.Va.-affiliated ventures HemoSonics LLC, PocketSonics Inc. and Tau Therapeutics LLC and engineering professor Eric Loth were awarded a total of more than $500,000 from the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund, administered by the state’s Center for Innovative Technology, in its second round of funding.
Under the fund’s Commercialization Program, Tau Therapeutics will receive $200,000 to advance its novel cancer therapy, mibefradil; HemoSonics will receive $100,000 to support the development of its in vitro diagnostic device for assessing abnormal bleeding and clotting; and PocketSonics will receive approximately $54,000 to improve the interconnect design of the SonicWindow, a pocket-sized medical ultrasound device that images vascular structures beneath the skin.
Loth, associate chair of aerospace engineering and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, will receive $150,000 under the fund’s general Matching Funds Program. Providing a match to National Science Foundation funding, the award will fund the development and commercialization of an innovative coating that can be used to protect structural building materials from the elements.
The fund awarded a total of $3.1 million to 20 organizations throughout the commonwealth in its 2012 cycle, following its initial distribution of $3.6 million in fall 2011. To see a complete list of the companies and projects receiving funding from the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund in 2012, click here.
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Photo courtesy of Sara Harper
Photo courtesy of Sara Harper
|We checked in with U.Va.’s Initiative reCOVER this week, following the build of its innovative “Breathe House” in the Haitian community of Bois l’Etat, near St. Marc.So named for its natural ventilation strategy, the Breathe House was designed by students in the U.Va. School of Architecture. Led by Anselmo Canfora, the team took first place in an international competition that sought disaster-recovery solutions for Haiti’s displaced population following a magnitude 7.0 earthquake in January 2010. (Read more about the Breathe House here.)
Coming in first gave the team the opportunity to fulfill their vision, which was erected this week.
“Working in Haiti has many challenges,” said Initiative reCOVER research fellow Sara Harper, “but with the team that traveled to Saint-Marc, Haiti, we were able to overcome those difficulties and produce a safe and healthy building that will serve the FEBS (Fondation Esther Boucicault Stanislas) community for many years to come.”
The Breathe House was made possible by the generous support of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission — which awarded U.Va. a grant for the Partnership for Affordable, Energy Efficient Housing Systems — and that of several other local partners, said Phil Parrish, U.Va. associate vice president for research.
“Based upon that grant, the team manufactured the Breathe House structural panels in Southside, Va., which were subsequently shipped to Haiti and assembled,” Parrish said. “Manufacture of this first prototype of the Breathe House was a joint effort between U.Va.; SIPS of America Inc. (Blairs, Va.); and the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, the Riverstone Energy Center, AWFI and Kyoger (all located in South Boston, Va.).”
The build team, pictured at left, included Harper; Parrish; Kenny Stevenson from AWFI; Trace Steffen from Kyoger; and Mary Butcher, John Diven, Mike Gallahue and Ethan Tate from the Building Goodness Foundation.
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Expect the University of Virginia to make a splash at this year’s BIO International Convention, held in Boston.
In addition to being an exhibitor at the conference, the University is co-sponsoring the Translational Research Forum: From Bench to Bedside in a Bioeconomy – Government, Industry and the University Models to Catalyze Economic Growth and Patient Access, an opportunity to “explore how universities and their funding partners can move early stage research forward in order to make them attractive to developers.”
Our own W. Mark Crowell, executive director of U.Va. Innovation and associate vice president for research, will moderate the forum, which will feature remarks from Boston University President Robert A. Brown, Ph.D. on the role of universities in translational medicine and Bahija Jallal from MedImmune, who will discuss details of the multi-year collaboration between AstraZeneca and U.Va.
The forum will be held on Monday, June 18, from 1:30 p.m. in the Boston Exhibution and Convention Center, Room 205 BC, and will be co-sponsored by U.Va., Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company and Investissment Quebec.
Be sure to also drop by the U.Va. booth in BIO’s ginormous exhibit hall: The University will exhibit as part of the Virginia Pavilion (Booth 2105, Pavilion Hall A).