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TxACE Researcher’s Biochips Move Toward Commercialization

On August 17th, 2010, Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: LIFE), a provider of innovative life science solutions, announced a definitive agreement to acquire Ion Torrent for $375 million in cash and stock and an additional $350 million upon the meeting time-based milestones through 2012. Ion Torrent has been building the next generation of fully-electronic and CMOS-based DNA sequencing platforms, a technology which was co-invented by Professor Arjang Hassibi while at Stanford University (US Patent 7,223,540), now an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Austin.

This technology has revolutionized DNA sequencing by enabling electronic sequence-by-synthesis analysis through the use of IC technology. Ion Torrent’s proprietary CMOS-based method has created a new paradigm in DNA sequencing by using PostLight(TM) sequencing technology, the first of its kind to eliminate the cost and complexity associated with the extended optical detection currently used in all other DNA sequencers.

This is not the first attempt to commercialize Professor Hassibi’s invention. In 2001 he co-founded Xagros Genomics, Inc. to commercialize CMOS-based sequencers, but the startup was unable to overcome some of the technical challenges, something that Ion Torrent was able to address this time.

For more information on Ion Torrent, go to:
http://www.iontorrent.com/

For more information on Professor Hassibi’s research, go to:
http://www.cerc.utexas.edu/~arjang/

New Research Facility Launched

UT Dallas and Agilent Technologies Inc. are establishing a facility at the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE) to bolster development of semiconductors that offer applications in everything from scanning people for weapons to monitoring air quality and enabling aircraft to operate more safely in poor weather conditions.

The electronics characterization facility, which will be available to industrial and government institutions using a collaborative framework, will focus on the emerging field of millimeter- and submillimeter-wave semiconductor technology.

“One of TxACE’s key goals is to help enable the emergence of silicon millimeter-wave and submillimeter-wave integrated circuits for industry,” said Ken O, director of TxACE and holder of the Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair at UT Dallas, where he is a professor of electrical engineering. “With a facility of this type in a university environment, critical barriers will be removed for research in this challenging measurement area.” (more…)

TxACE Awards $690,000

Researchers at UT Dallas have received $690,000 to pursue four projects intended to produce higher-efficiency lighting,  advanced imaging technology and new generations of sensor technology.

“The focus of all these projects is circuit- and/or system-level techniques that further the state of the art of modern integrated circuits,” said Kenneth K. O, director of the Texas Analog Center of Excellence, which awarded the grants.

Each project includes at least one collaborator from Texas Instruments, and each effort focuses on making use of analog technology. (more…)

Biomedical Workshop Held

Dozens of leading biomedical electronics experts convened at UT Dallas recently to discuss the future of the field and lay the groundwork for a nationwide call for proposals for up to $3 million in available research awards in the discipline.

The upcoming call for proposals will be for the second round of research grants from the Texas Analog Center of Excellence, or TxACE, which is based at UT Dallas.

Biomedical applications of electrical engineering could constitute the next big wave in electronics development and commercialization, comparable to the rise of personal computers in the 1980s and cell phones in the 1990s, said Charles Sodini, the Clarence J. Lebel Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who spoke at the workshop. (more…)

TxACE Funds 11 Projects

The Texas Analog Center of Excellence at UT Dallas has awarded nearly $3 million to Texas researchers to develop analog technology that enhances public safety and security.

The projects funded by the grants are intended to:

  • Enable a new generation of devices that can scan for harmful substances such as explosives and chemical agents by researching 200-300-GHz silicon integrated circuits for use in spectrometers.
  • Significantly reduce the cost of in-vehicle radar technology that could help improve automotive safety by researching circuit techniques that can improve manufacturing and lower test and packaging costs.

“We’re excited to announce this first round of funding, which will be followed by another round early next year focused on medical, health and energy-independence technology,” said Dr. Kenneth O, director of TxACE. “We are committed to being a catalyst for technology development in key areas of importance.” (more…)

TxACE Director Named

A leading authority in the field of analog electronics has been named director of the Texas Analog Center of Excellence, or TxACE, at The University of Texas at Dallas, where he plans “to help shape the landscape for research in analog electronics,” which he calls “a fundamental technology that touches virtually everyone’s daily life.”

Kenneth O will join the University’s Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science next fall as a professor of electrical engineering and holder of the Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair.

UT Dallas is committed to expanding its research and education in analog technology, and Dr. O’s leadership will be key to that, said UT Dallas President Dr. David E. Daniel.