CoMotion: Unleashing Innovation Blog

Edited by CoMotion Staff

UW Student Voices Her Experience at the CoMotion Ideathon
Jan 16 2017

Susana Machado, a humanities student at UW, talks about what she gathered from collaborating with fellow UW students from diverse backgrounds and other fields of study during her weekend at the Ideathon.

Link to article: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/i-just-spent-entire-weekend-ideate-ing-heres-what-learned-machado

UW CoMotion spinoff Phase Genomics launches platform for genome assembly
Jan 16 2017

Over the last three years, CoMotion at the University of Washington has partnered with Phase Genomics to provide dramatically improved genome and metagenome assemblies.

A CoMotion Student Ideathon for the Physical Future of UW
Jan 13 2017

Sally Clark stood in front of the CoMotion MakerSpace in Fluke Hall and asked her audience for a show of hands. “How many of you know of the Rainier Vista?” Many hands shot up. “Drumheller Fountain?” More hands. “How many of you have been to the Quad? Red Square?” Almost all the hands now. “Okay,” Clark said. “Now, how many of you know about West Campus?” The hands started to wilt. Click here to watch video of the Ideathon.

Next UW CoMotion Innovation Chat Series at end of January
Jan 09 2017

On January 31, CoMotion will host the fifth in our series of CoMotion Innovation Chats where we bring together academia, industry, and community leaders to spur a dialogue on important issues and technology of the day. The recent election was a tangible reminder of the invisible walls separating our communities and the need to build greater communication and understanding.

UW Spinoff PvP Biologics Announces $35 Million Agreement with Takeda Pharmaceutical
Jan 05 2017

UW-spinoff PvP Biologics has announced a $35 million agreement with Takeda Pharmaceutical to advance its therapy for celiac disease. The therapy, an oral enzyme called KumaMax, is currently in pre-clinical development.

Celiac disease is an immune system disorder in which even small amounts of gluten can damage the digestive system and lead to significant health problems, including acute gastrointestinal distress and malnutrition. The disease affects more than two million Americans.

What You May Not Know About Intellectual Property Management and Innovation Licensing at the UW
Dec 21 2016

Say you are an innovator in the University of Washington community, whether faculty or staff or student, and you have a good idea for a product or service based on your research that you’d like to commercialize. Thus will commence a process that likely includes more research, development, the securing of funding, and connecting with industry experts.

CoMotion announces 10 winners of its 2016 Innovation Fund Grants
Dec 14 2016

Eric Seibel’s son likes to play in trees, and not long ago he was climbing in one when, as can sometimes happen, he lost his grip and fell to the ground. Seibel was afraid his son might have an internal injury, so he rushed him to Seattle Children’s Hospital. Fortunately, nothing was terribly wrong, until, that is, the hospital staff went to remove the IV. When they tore off the tape, Seibel’s son screamed bloody murder.  

CoMotion Commercialization Fellows Program Helps Recent UW Graduates Continue to Explore the Commercialization Potential of their Work
Dec 02 2016

A few years ago, Fredrik Ryden was a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington. He studied integrating telerobotics with haptics, which is the use of a physical sensation to give feedback, such as the vibration of a smart phone when a button on the screen is pushed. While finishing his degree, he became interested in the commercial potential of his research.

DFS Lab continues to bring innovation to the developing world
Nov 30 2016

DFS Lab, launched through CoMotion Labs at UW, hosted a design sprint boot camp in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Energy and enthusiasm filled the room and it was infectious and alive at all hours of the day. Whether over breakfast in the morning or drinks long after the sun had set, participants shared ideas, issues and best practices from their experiences working in digital financial services across the world.

CoMotion Startups and UW Faculty Participate in SciTech Northwest '16
Nov 21 2016

Two UW distinguished faculty members and three CoMotion startups participated in this year's SciTech Northwest '16 Conference at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle in November. Deborah Fuller, Professor, Department of Microbiology at the UW and Division Chief at the Washington National Primate Research Center and Bill Howe, Associate Professor in the Information School, Adjunct Associate Professor in Computer Science & Engineering, and Associate Director of the UW eScience Institute, gave compelling presentations.

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