VOLUME 12 | ISSUE 78
EDX MAGNETICS POISED TO ADDRESS THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN SCRAP METAL INDUSTRY BROUGHT ON BY TRADE WARS
From agriculture to construction, tariffs imposed and planned by the Trump administration are expected to have widespread consequences across the United States and in Utah. In particular, trade restrictions on aluminum, steel, and other metals are already impacting companies and consumers.

While the long term economic impact and challenges of these tariffs are currently unknown, one Utah company, EDX Magnetics is developing technology that can provide an innovative solution for American companies currently most affected by bans on scrap metal being imported into China.

With support from the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR), the company has developed a new metal sorting technology that could prove revolutionary for the recycled metals industry, especially amidst ongoing trade disputes ...

USTAR PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR UTAH’S GROWING LIFE SCIENCES INDUSTRY
The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) plays a key role in helping entrepreneurs and scientists create and commercialize new technologies that advance health.

With more than 1,000 life sciences companies located in Utah, the industry plays a key role in the economy, generating more than 70,000 jobs, both direct and indirect, $4.7 billion in total earnings, and $7.1 billion in state GDP according to the Utah Life Sciences Report published by BioUtah and the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.

Utah is home to a thriving life sciences ecosystem that features a full spectrum of companies, ranging from homegrown international leaders—such as ARUP Laboratories, BioFire Diagnostics, Merit Medical, Myriad Genetics, and many more—to startup companies still in the early innovation stage. With a strong community of researchers, incubators, and support organizations, Utah ranks third in the nation in genomics and molecular diagnostics based on innovation, talent, and growth metrics. ..

FROM WILDFIRES TO WINTER INVERSION, USTAR-SUPPORTED PROJECTS LOOK TO BETTER UNDERSTAND UTAH’S AIR QUALITY ISSUES
With Utah’s—and the rest of the western United States’—wildfire season in full swing and winter inversions lurking beyond, several Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) supported projects are aiming to better understand and monitor air pollutants such as wildfire smoke.

Wildfires are a large source of air pollutants in Utah during the summer months. The resulting smoke is composed of a mixture of gases, fine particles, and water vapor that form when organic matter burns. In particular, the fine particulates—that may be from wood and other burning materials—can cause a variety of health concerns.

“We’ve known for the better part of 50 years that the exposure to fine particulates and pollution will make you sick, and can exasperate those conditions like asthma,” said Jaron Hansen, Ph.D., professor at Brigham Young University. “However, from a policy perspective, we’re still trying to collect data about our air quality so we can make more informed business and economic decisions.”

Photo credit: Gov. Gary Herbert Tweet on July 29. Photo taken by Box Elder County Commissioner Stan Summers.
USTAR-SUPPORTED TECHNOLOGIES OFFER POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS AND ADVANCES FOR UNITED STATES DEFENSE STRATEGIES
As part of a local U.S. Air Force Science and Technology 2030 Initiative event, technologies supported by the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) were featured for their potential uses within the U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense, highlighting the growing importance of startup companies in the aerospace/defense sector in Utah.

The Air Force’s Science and Technology 2030 Initiative, led by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), aims to review and update the Air Force’s strategies in science and technology research to ensure it remains at the forefront of technological advances.

“In a world where far more innovation is happening outside the government than inside it, connecting to the broader scientific enterprise is vital,” said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson in a statement discussing the initiative early this year.

USTAR INNOVATION CENTER WORKSHOPS
Aug 24: Waterjet Operator Training

Waterjet Operator Training is designed to give users practical information and hands-on experience operating the Waterjet at the Innovation Center. This course is an instructor-led hands-on experience. Participants will learn best practices for safe Waterjet use, how to setup and operate the machine and to use an existing design model to create a prototype part.

Aug 30: CNC Mill Training

CNC Mill Operator Training provides users with practical information and hands-on experience operating the CNC Mill at the Innovation Center. This course is an instructor-led hands-on experience. Participants will learn best practices for safe use of the CNC Mill, how to select proper tooling, machine setup and operation and to use an existing CNC program to create a prototype part.
UPCOMING EVENT
USDA SBIR GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP

Projects dealing with agriculturally related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies are encouraged across all SBIR topic areas and USDA SBIR's flexible research areas ensure funding for innovative projects consistent with USDA's vision of a healthy and productive nation in harmony with the land, air, and water.

Two Locations:
  • Aug 21: USU Extension Washington County, Hurricane, Utah Register Here

  • Aug 29: Salt Lake Community College Miller Campus, Sandy, Utah Register Here
NEW ENGLAND VENTURE SUMMIT

This exclusive venture summit will bring together over 600 Venture Capitalists, Corporate VCs, Angel Investors, Investment Bankers and CEOs of venture backed, emerging and early stage companies; will feature more than 50 VCs on interactive panels; presentations from more than 50 Top Innovators and high-level networking opportunities.

Dec 12, 2018
Boston, MA

For more information or to register, CLICK HERE