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Champions of science

Seeing the Cubs win the World Series after 108 years was a thrill beyond compare. But lately I’ve been quietly celebrating another victory that came to light when the Nobel Prize for Chemistry was announced last month. This year the Nobel Committee honored 3 world-class chemists who, over the past 4 decades, have pioneered the… [Read More]

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The new age of collaboration in cancer research

As U.S. Vice President Joe Biden addressed the largest annual gathering of cancer scientists at the University of Chicago this week, he emphasized the urgent need for investigators to work together to find new therapies for the disease that claims more than 8 million lives worldwide every year. With the emergence of the Cancer Moonshot… [Read More]

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What true tech leadership looks like

There are so many reasons to admire Cleversafe founder Chris Gladwin, and we think Crain’s Chicago Business columnist John Pletz has captured them well. Thanks to Pletz’s thoughtful profile this week, readers know more about the guy we’ve enjoyed working with since he moved Cleversafe to the Tech Park in 2005. What can you say… [Read More]

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Cool Factor: ACT’s Innovative Device on Chicago Med

Imagine seeing your technology featured in a hit TV series and receiving FDA clearance for your newest product all in the same week. That’s the kind of success the team at Advanced Cooling Therapy is having so far this year — and we’re thrilled to see it. On January 19, millions of fans of the… [Read More]

Gladwin Gift Creates Tech Legacy in Chicago

Gladwin gift creates a Chicago tech legacy

When Chris Gladwin signed a lease with us in 2005, making his year-old company the first startup to move to University Tech Park, I felt this was the start of something big. But there’s no way I could have known that a decade later, Cleversafe would garner worldwide recognition – or that Chris would show… [Read More]

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Catching the wave of life sciences innovation

Last week’s announcement that MATTER will acquire Chicago Innovation Mentors is another great move to build synergy in support of our life sciences startups. The growing excitement really came through at the 2015 Chicago Innovation Showcase hosted by iBIO PROPEL on October 29. Bill Gantz of PathoCapital opened the showcase with his first-hand account of the Naurex story, from… [Read More]

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VIDEO: Global recognition for a new clean tech leader

Mike Stacey and the team at VG SmartGlass are thinking big – and the world is taking notice. Last month the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) recognized Stacey and VG SmartGlass (which acquired Stacey’s earlier startup, SmarterShade, in July) as one of two Innovators of the Year for 2015. By completely rethinking smart glass,… [Read More]

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UTP: Evolving to anchor clean tech startups

Several University Technology Park companies have made news headlines in the last month as they gain well-earned recognition for their contributions to clean energy around the world. In early August the Chicago Tribune reported that Tech Park graduate AllCell Technologies has signed an agreement with the government of Jordan to build 3,000 solar-powered electric charging… [Read More]

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Welcome to Innovation Alley

Just two blocks north of the Tech Park, the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship is taking shape. Conceived by IIT President John Anderson and designed by architect John Ronan, the light-filled, 92,000-square-foot institute will house IIT’s Knapp Entrepreneurship Center, Self Learning Academy and Institute of Design. The Idea Shop, IIT’s project-based,… [Read More]

University Tech Park at IIT Supports Chicago's Clusters

How clusters drive economic growth

Last week I co-facilitated two workshops held at the Governor’s Mansion as part of Illinois Innovation Day. Hosted by the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, both sessions focused on clusters as a strategic approach to economic development, a concept that’s spreading like wildfire across the United States. The Harvard Institute of Strategy and Competitiveness defines… [Read More]

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