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.
As most of you know, I was lured away from tBBC (in regards to Ohio State football discussion) recently. Fox Sports Ohio brought me on board as their go-to man for Buckeye gridiron action, and it looks likely that they’ll keep me for the 2010 fall season.
But with the downtime between the Spring Game and fall practice, FSOhio is keeping me active and throwing me an assignment here and there. They want to see what kind of response my non-Buckeye articles are getting, and they’ve even submitted my work to the mothership at Fox Sports.
Here’s where you can help me out;
Go check out my two articles currently posted. Recommend them (click on the Rec link at the top of the article), and if you’re so inclined, leave a comment (registration is free if you’re not already registered). Here’s the articles;
Thanks, everybody. I truly appreciate it.
Subtitled – “Thank God for LeBron James”
The Major League Baseball season is wrapping up at the end of next week, and much to my chagrin, The BBC hasn’t discussed the Cleveland Indians much at all this season. Truth is, I WANT to have the Tribe be a regular discussion at The BBC…but I can’t see why I would spend time, effort, and bandwidth writing about a team that clearly doesn’t care about my enjoyment of their own baseball club. I’m not going to be covering them and promoting them until I feel pride for them again.
I honestly can say that since they traded Victor Martinez, I have not watched a single inning of Indians’ baseball, nor do I plan to.
But I’m watching the standings right now, and it is for one reason only.
Will the Cleveland Indians win more games this year than the Cleveland Cavaliers did last year?
I say no. The Cavaliers ended the 2008-2009 season with a 66-16 record. 66 wins is a LOT for an NBA team (since they play only 82 games a year), not so much for a MLB franchise (162 games a year).
The Indians have 13 games left in their season, and they stand at 61-88. Their remaining games are littered with teams that must win, and will therefore take the games more seriously than the Tribe.
Tonight they start a three-game set with Detroit, who are in first place of the Central Division, but only by 2.5 games over Minnesota.
Friday begins a 3-game set against Baltimore, who is equally as bad as we are.
Monday starts a 3-game series against Chicago, who are fighting for a playoff spot but will likely be eliminated by the time they come to town.
Thursday, we travel to Boston for four games against the Red Sox, who will make the postseason, but want to do so as a division champ instead of the wild-card team they are now.
Can the Indians go 6-7 over their final 13 games and salvage the embarrassment of having their hometown NBA franchise earn more wins than them in 80 fewer games?
I doubt it.
Hell, I think I’m cheering against them.
Once again pitting our franchises against each other, I have to ask myself….who will win a game first this year, the Cleveland Browns or the Cleveland Cavaliers?
The Browns have a decided head-start for this question. They’ll play seven full games before the Cavs get underway at home on October 27th against Boston. But will they win before LeBron and Shaq, or will the Cavs again reign supreme? Here’s the Browns’ schedule;
Other than Cincinnati, I’m not holding ANY hope that this current Cleveland Browns team will win a single game before the Cavs have a chance on the court. Come to think of it, after watching Cinci beat Denver (save for a miracle tip) and take out Green Bay IN Lambeau, I’m not so sure we will win that one either.
In 35 days, the pain will be over and we can begin another quest for a title.
The Cavs picked up some HUGE bonuses in Shaquille O’Neal, Anthony Carter Parker, Leon Powe, and Jamario Moon. On October 27th, we will get to see how they fit into our game plan. And if you’re not excited for this era, then you’re not paying attention.
We will get further into discussion of the Cavaliers as their season approaches, and we will cover them wall-to-wall as they gun for an NBA Finals trophy. And to help you get geared up for the 2009-2010 season, here’s the trailer for “More Than A Game”, premiering in Cleveland on October 2nd.
I can’t wait for that film, and I can’t wait for the season.
Dear LeBron and Company – please save us from the current state of Cleveland sports. We can at least believe in you!
Last night I was sitting at the bar of a local restaurant, waiting to pick up the gf and hang out with her. I wasn’t paying attention to the TV set and was instead fiddling around with my cell phone. I had no idea what was on that TV, and I never had to look up, because a guy on the other side of the bar made his feelings known;
“Jesus Christ, they traded another one! I feel like it’s the fucking 80s again!”
I never looked up. I just knew. The Indians had traded the defending Cy Young Winner, Cliff Lee.
If you’re old like I am, then you know exactly what that guy meant when he shouted his displeasure across the room. Back in the 1980s, the Indians were well known as the official farm system of the Toronto Blue Jays. We traded away more talent every year (usually to the Blue Jays) and we got what is commonly known as “prospects” for our big-name athletes.
The 1980s got to be such a joke, that we used to go to Cleveland Municipal Stadium just for laughs….and we always got seats really close to the action because the place was empty. One day, my brother and I went up to the game just to see if Julio Franco, Willie Upshaw, Joe Carter and Ron Kittle would finally be placed in the lineup in the right order. That day, they finally were. The scoreboard showed the lineup as such
I’ll allow you a minute to look over that lineup carefully to see what we were looking for…..
See? It was funny, wasn’t it? True story.
To the best of my recollection, only one of those trades ever truly brought us a pack of prospects that would eventually work out for us, that trade being when we sent Joe Carter to Toronto and got Carlos Baerga and Sandy Alomar Jr in return. However, Carter got his World Series ring. But Sandy and Carlos did give our team a big turnaround.
The Indians have done it again with this recent bevy of trades concocted by Mark Shapiro and Larry Dolan. Dolan’s refusal to spend money, combined with Shapiro’s wholesale sweep of the clubhouse for guys who have the letters A, AA, and Triple-A in front of their positions have put us in another long-term down period.
Ryan Garko is gone. So is Mark DeRosa. Betancourt is no longer is session. Now Cliff Lee is gone. And that’s just this year. C.C. Sabathia was in uniform here one year ago.
To top it off, Victor Martinez is being shopped around.
Wasn’t it just two weeks ago that we lost a series to Seattle because Ben Francisco and Russell Branyan beat the crap out of us?
Enough is enough.
Dan Gilbert, if you’re reading this, please heed this call. Save this team and purchase it now. You’re a genius with our Cavaliers. Please buy the Cleveland Indians and turn them around. We’ll name the whole damn sports complex after you. We hated the named “Progressive Field” anyway (or as WFNY likes to call it, “Regressive Field”). Gilbert-ville is the first thing that comes to mind, but we can work on that.
Which reminds me….if Dolan claims to have no money to spend on guys like CC, then what happened to the money that Progressive spent on naming rights? Whatever.
Ready for a wake-up call? This team is in the dumper and trading away it’s starting lineup….and two years ago, we were one win away from the World Series. That’s how fast Dolan and Shapiro have killed this team.
The city of Cleveland has a long history of watching its’ baseball team get sent into the crapper by poor management and greedy ownership. The time has come to stop going to Indians games and take a stand. Wedge must go, Shapiro must go. Dolan must sell thsi team to an owner that doesn’t see it as merely an investment, but also as a source of pride.
Because that’s what the Indians mean to us…they are a source of pride for us.
Well, at least they used to be.
By now you’ve seen it several hundred times. LeBron James burying a buzzer-beating three-point shot to win Game 2 and save the Cavaliers season.
The BBC and many others have quickly labeled it as “The Greatest Moment In Cleveland Sports History”. But is it truly? I’ve spent 36 hours, since the shot went through the rim, debating that very topic. Frankly, I can’t find another moment that would top it.
Yes, I do believe that Cie Grant wrapping his arms around Ken Dorsey and forcing an incomplete pass to win the 2003 Fiesta Bowl (and the National Championship) for Ohio State to be the best moment I have ever experienced in sports….but that’s not Cleveland sports. It’s Ohio State, and many Clevelanders adopt OSU as their second home, yet that moment is not a Cleveland moment.
So, can you find a better moment in Cleveland history? Here’s a few of my personal favorites;
All of these moments are legendary in Cleveland. But do any of them really top what we saw two nights ago?
To be truthful, that hasn’t fully been determined yet. If the Cavs go on to win the series and the Finals, yes. Without a doubt. But as was the case with most great moments, they were wiped away when the corresponding Cleveland team failed in the goal to win a title.
If LeBron James wants his moment to live forever the way it should, he needs 7 more wins to do it.
Tonight, Mr. James, you can defend your moment. Beat the Magic and continue that goal.