Category: Innovation Delaware

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,…

Chambers of Commerce Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce www.thequietresorts.com This chamber promotes businesses in what is collectively known as “The Quiet Resorts.” Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce www.cdcc.net The chamber’s purpose is to advance economic development by promoting the civic, industrial, commercial, agribusiness and social interests of the community. Its mission also includes enhancing the freedom…

If you want an example of Delaware’s leadership in clean technology, you can’t do much better than this: “Bloom Energy, at our Delaware facility, is the world’s primary producer of fuel cell technology,” says David McCullough, VP for communications for Bloom Energy.  Fuel cells are one of the most promising forms of alternative energy. They…

Dora Cheatham has a pretty simple explanation for what Delaware’s chemistry sector was like pre-2000. “It used to be just DuPont,” says Cheatham, the operations manager for the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance. Not long after the turn of the 21st century, the chemical giant was joined by other large players, like Hercules, ICI and Rohm…

In 1991, CB Research and Development was founded in a 2,000-square-foot facility to synthesize specialized chemical compounds for drug-makers. There were three employees. That same year, Incyte was founded in Palo Alto, California, to focus on genomics. After going public in 1993, the company added drug discovery to its business.  And, oh, how things have…