As mentioned last couple of weeks, there is more effort given to MicroRNA in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. We’re at it again, with what I think is a great announcement; Ohio State is partnering with Micro Bio, Inc. This partnership licenses nearly 100 issued and pending microRNA patents.
The Ohio State University today announced the signing of an exclusive world-wide agreement with Microlin Bio Inc., licensing a large portfolio of Ohio State’s groundbreaking cancer discoveries. The portfolio includes nearly 100 issued and pending microRNA patents that could lead to entirely new, more effective and more targeted ways to diagnose and treat prostate, ovarian, colon and lung cancers. Additionally, Microlin Bio Inc. has licensed a novel nucleic acid delivery technology to deliver these transformational therapies to cancer cells.
I’m actually glad to see the commercialization of OSU’s research. This arrangement gets the patent information into the hands of an entity that can, hopefully, take this work and “bring it to market” where the OSU results can be use for diagnosis and treatment. Similarly, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) in Buffalo has licensed/spun off various research into commercial endeavors to get their research to market. Ohio State will also have an equity position in Microlin Bio Inc.
“Our goal is to support the researchers at Ohio State in the commercialization process,” says Erin Bender, associate director of Ohio State’s Technology Commercialization Office, whose team worked on the license deal. “We believe that the licensing of these technologies will transform the care of cancer patients in Ohio and throughout the world.”
I think it is interesting that OSU will take an equity position in this venture. I’m speculating, since I don’t know the deal details, but it seems that OSU, in addition to receiving financial licensing benefits, will have a significant say in the development of their work. I like this business model. It’ll be good for OSU and it will be good for the medical community.
I’m going to lighten it up a bit this week and wonder a bit about Ohio sports — specifically the Buckeyes, Indians and Browns.
First: Several family members were in El Paso, TX for a wedding last weekend, and although my wife and I have not yet had a full debriefing, there have been no stories of jockeyed turtle races, extradition filings nor any enganos at Rosa’s Cantina. We eagerly await…
Indians: The Indians’ season came to an end Wednesday night with a wild-card playoff loss to Tampa Bay 4-0. This was a disappointing loss, considering the team was ‘hot’, with a record of 21-6 from September 1st through the end of the season. They finished the regular season at 92-70, a significant improvement over last year’s record of 68-94.
The Indians struggled against better teams, going 7-25 against Tampa Bay (2-4), Boston (1-6) and Detroit (4-15). The struggles against Detroit, being a Division foe, are particularly galling. [Enjoying this, Joe?]. A bit better against these teams, and the playoffs would have been a bit different. Despite the early exit, I like what Terry Francona is doing with the Tribe. I truly look forward to next season.
Browns: The Browns are off to a 3-2 start, after beating my not-quite-adopted team, the Buffalo Bills. I was a bit surprised to read that the Browns have had 19 different QB’s starting for them since their re-emergence in the league. One of the notable QB’s was Spergon Wynn (no relation to Early Wynn) who was 0-1 with Browns. He had the distinction of being drafted just ahead of Tom Brady in 2000. I was floored, yet not surprised when I read this. Ah, the tribulations of being Browns fan.
The Browns have not won three of their first five games in 12 seasons. In the 14 seasons they’ve been back they have never started 5-0 or 4-1, and they started 3-2 once. Ah, the tribulations of being a Browns fan..
I know that Brian Hoyer played at MSU, and there may yet be ‘Sparty No!’ moments for us, but Hoyer is a native Clevelander. I don’t know how the season will play out, but I think that Hoyer has energized this team,. Jordan Cameron has emerged as a legitimate receiving threat and the Browns defense is playing well; 3rd in yards, 8th in scoring. They’ve already beat the Bengals this year and the Steelers look vulnerable. As a lifelong Browns fan, I don’t have visions of sugarplums dancing in my head, but this team will be fun to watch. Who knows?
Buckeyes: Well, Ohio State is off to an undefeated start this year, which while not unexpected at this point, is a pleasant fan experience. How far this team goes this year is hard to say. Frankly, the team is coming together, injuries aside, and a “running the table” scenario is quite possible.
The defense is coming together and playing assignment ball. The wide receivers are truly emerging as a strength, because with either Braxton or Kenny at QB, the WR’s are going to get the ball.
Speaking of getting the ball, as much as Carlos Hyde brings to the table (a good bit, actually) I’d still like to see Jordan Hall as an integral part of the OSU running game. Aside from his skills, Jordan has earned the opportunity to contribute to this offense.
Speaking of getting what they deserve, Walter White certainly did.