Archive for March, 2011

2010 GRA/TAG Business Launch Competition winner called “next billion dollar company”

According to a byline story from  Urvaksh Karkaria in today’s Atlanta Busines Chronicle, serial entrepreneur David Gould has dubbed HireIQ Solutions Inc. (formerly Toomah), his next “billion dollar business.”

Winner of the 2010 GRA/TAG Business Launch Competition, HireIQ helps “automate call center hiring by using analytics software to identify the most suitable candidates.”  Read more >

March 25, 2011 at 11:15 am Leave a comment

Top 100 chemists of the decade list includes GRA Eminent Scholar

Thomson-Reuters has named GRA Eminent Scholar Jean-Luc Bredas as one of the top 100 chemists of the decade, based on published papers and citations. Bredas, a professor in Georgia Tech’s Scholar of Chemistry and Biochemistry, directs international relations for the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics and is co-director of the Center for Computational Molecular Science and Technology.  His research focuses on uncovering the chemical and physical properties of novel organic material, including research on organic solar cells and organic light-emitting diodes for potential use in visual displays and lighting.

March 23, 2011 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

Suniva in WSJ Top 50

For the second year in a row, Suniva, Inc., a GRA VentureLab company,  made the Wall Street Journal’s list of the Top 50 Venture-Backed Companies.  To be eligible for the ranking, companies must have received an equity round of financing in the past three years and be valued at less than $1 billion.

Based in metro-Atlanta, Suniva manufactures high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells and high-powered solar modules, which consist of Suniva’s core cell technology.

According to the company’s webstie, Suniva is producing the world’s lowest cost, highest cell conversion efficiency commercially available. Suniva is also the only high-efficiency, low-cost silicon cell manufacturer in America, with exports of more than 80% of its production to Europe and Asia.

Suniva evolved from the work of Professor Ajeet Rohatgi of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s University Center of Excellence in Photovoltaics (UCEP). A U.S.  Department of Energy Center of Excellence since 1992, UCEP has distinguished itself as the premier site for silicon PV research in the U.S., bringing a unique approach of uniting cell modeling, device design, process optimization and materials analysis and characterization.

March 18, 2011 at 10:03 am Leave a comment

Perfecting the sandwich bun

Sandwich buns don’t usually spring to mind as a subject of cutting-edge research.  But consistency in the baking process has been a challenge.

Flowers Industries in Tifton, Georgia, is known worldwide as an innovator in the the baking industry.  For the past year, Flowers has been working with the Georgia Tech Research Institute to automate systems for production and quality control of sandwich buns.  The program has had excellent results, allowing automated inspection of the product as it bakes and adjusting oven temperature as needed.  Read more>

March 16, 2011 at 11:42 am Leave a comment

Early diagnosis key to interfering with development of autism

GRA Eminent Scholar Ami Klin, chief of the Marcus Autism Center, is a pioneer in the early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders.  According to Dr. Klin:  “The causes of autism are by and large prenatal, but the syndrome is instantiated in the first two years or so of life.  There is a time for intervention in which we believe one can alter the very course of the disorder.  That is one of our major areas of activity — to create the tools to identify autism as early in life as possible so that one can interfere with the development of the disorder.”  Read more>

March 7, 2011 at 11:48 am Leave a comment


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