Category: Innovation Delaware

Innovators have vision that extends beyond their own business

All that transpires at ILC Dover stems from innovation – the true heart of what we do. We’ve designed and engineered products that solve our customers’ complex problems since 1947. But successful innovation requires more than a great idea, flawless design and precise engineering. It also involves a culture of innovative leadership. According to business…

Delaware assembles high-tech economy, one startup at a time

Delaware’s aspirations for its high-tech economy are crystallized in people like Yushan Yan. He’s an entrepreneur and University of Delaware professor who is trying to solve a problem with hydrogen fuel cells. Yan and his seven-member team aren’t tweaking the effectiveness of the cells. They’re tackling something far more important: their price. The current generation of…

State’s biotech sector needs more lab space, talent and money

Delaware has a lot to celebrate when it comes to the burgeoning biotechnology sector. In the pages ahead, you’ll read about an expansion at the Delaware Innovation Space that will accommodate more small, innovative firms, and a partnership between a local startup and a larger company that has the potential to realign the global market…

What does sustainable tech have to do with making money?

Technology may allow us to play Candy Crush while waiting in line or take slick Instagram photos of our breakfast, but it has greater possibilities than day-to-day convenience — one of them being the ability to save the environment. For business owners, this can be easy to forget. But if you think sustainability is all…

Viewpoint: Research from the Arctic Circle may save lives in Delaware

People are often surprised when I tell them that my company, Genome Profiling LLC (GenPro), which works with researchers and clinicians at Christiana Hospital and at A.I. du Pont Hospital for Children to diagnose breast cancer and cerebral palsy before they become symptomatic (thereby dramatically improving the treatment outcome), got its start after 20-plus years…

Delaware’s IT sector is growing continuously as new companies emerge, supported by a commitment to training young people in the field.  Initiatives like Zip Code Wilmington, OpenBracket and training programs at Delaware Technical Community College are producing talent ready to enter an industry loaded with jobs and opportunities. Meanwhile, incubators such as 1313 Innovation and…

Call Amy Cowperthwait the accidental entrepreneur. Cowperthwait is a School of Nursing faculty member at the University of Delaware, and a few years ago she decided that the simulated patient training being given to medical personnel could be substantially improved. Her first step was to team up with the UD theater program to create a…

What if you could take the spare change from your coffee runs and automatically invest it towards your retirement? That’s the concept behind Acorns, an investment application with more than 5 million users.  The app scans users’ credit and debit purchases and moves the change from each purchase into a customized portfolio. (Say you spend…

Grants, hard work put polymer company on the international map

On one hand, Dr. Sumedh Surwade has worked long, lonely hours trying to prove that his environmentally friendly, anti-corrosive coating technology is both effective and marketable. But on the other hand, Surwade is quick to use the phrase “we” to describe the help he’s gotten to reach a point where he just won a prestigious…

By Peter Osborne Delaware is on at least two recent Innovation Top 10s (Gallup’s Wellbeing index and WalletHub during the first quarter) that say our strongest areas are projected STEM job demand; R&D spending per capita; and venture-capital funding per capita. We have the fourth- highest concentration of Ph.D.’s working in health, science and engineering,…