Innovation Overground

Innovation Overground

A dive into some of the amazing discoveries and innovations we often hear about then never seem to touch our lives. We examine what it takes to make academic biomedical discoveries into actual things. Sponsored and produced by UNeMed, the technology transfer and commercialization office for the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.... Show More

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July 6, 2020 19 min
Materials science is making astonishing leaps forward. Join the Overground as we shelter in place with a limited series on materials science innovation. First stop, friend of the show, Graphene! The crew discusses how graphene will be the optical interstate onramp to the rail network of our information science infrastructure... or something... and smart medical instruments that will measure your vitals while they save your life.  

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What if the lasting legacy of COVID-19 is...not all bad? Leavening the horror of pandemic disease is the shockingly fast development of a vaccine. Right now, two COVID-19 vaccine candidates are roaring into full-on human testing, and may be ready to inoculate the world by 2021.  

Featured Technologies: https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/comment/operation-warp-speed-finalists-funding-initiative/https://www.nature.com/articl...
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This week the OG crew discusses all that is unknown about COVID-19, and what that means. Still up the in air: basically all the complex biology,  infectious rate, latency, immunity, co-morbidity and potential vaccine efficacy. But take heart, listeners because there are a few things science is confident about.  

Featured Technologies: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/04/how-does-coronavirus-kill-clinicians-trace-ferocious-rampag...
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This week the Overground looks at solar power and rotating multi-chamber rockets. Join the crew as they contemplate how solar power is like a well-diversified retirement account, how to pronounce Elon Musk’s youngest child’s name and why is Joe so gosh darn insincere.   

Featured Technologies: https://www.sciencealert.com/solar-cell-technology-has-toppled-three-new-records-just-this-month Rotating detonation rocket engine https://ww...
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The Overground takes another week off from monitoring viral pandemics to get more personal – the mysteries of the human brain Join the crew as we luxuriate in the infinite mystery of the human mind: brain implants that cure blindness, the electromagnetic basis of the ego and the scientific feasibility of telepathy. Overground platinum members get double miles this week! 

Featured Technologies: Brain implant  https://linkinghub.elsev...
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Join the Overground as we kick back and let the COIVD-19 Pandemic do its own thing a few weeks. That’s right, the crew is taking a Zoom to the poolside with a relaxing, frosty glass of...quantum physics. C’mon and join us—its Schroedinger’s cat somewhere! Possibly Australia and Austria -- at the same time! 

Featured Technologies: Nuclear Resonance: https://www.sciencealert.com/in-an-accidental-discovery-australian-engineers-solve-...
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Listen in as the gang channels the four Shrinking Walls OF THE PRISON THAT IS A MAN’s MIND into a calm rational discussion of just how dang hard it is to make vaccines. Tyler lightens the mood with a glimpse into the near future, where autonomous networks of CRISPR armed robots read the next emerging pandemic viruses inside our cells and synthesize a vaccines on demand—possibly administered in our Soylent Green—to make social d...
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Join the Overground in this second part of COVID-19 related technologies. 

Featured Technologies: Coming soon!


Hosts: Charlie Litton (@charlielitton); Tyler Scherr (@dare2scherr); Joe Runge (@EntreprenurialW)  


Sponsor:  UNeMed (https://www.unemed.com); @UNeMed 


Music: Countdown to Myocardial Infarction, by Peter Gresser. Used with permission. http://sonofactori.com/
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The Overground crew takes a closer look at some of the innovations coming out of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. There's a lot of them, so this might take a minute.

Featured Technologies: UV cleaning technique (https://www.unemed.com/news/unmc-nebraska-medicine-reuse-ppe); Remdesivir trial (https://www.unmc.edu/news.cfm?match=25531); Intubation shield (https://www.unemed.com/product/intubation-box); Infectious Aero...
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The only podcast brave enough to say with a straight face, “the gag of the electronic sphincter,” looks at how our government is using our veterans to make human-machine hybrids to help address the infirmities of the human condition. The Overground looks VA’ approaches that address urinary incomitance, neurodegenertive swallowing disorders and anyone confined to an iron lung.  

Featured Technologies: https://techlinkcenter.org/techn...
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It’s back: arbitrary rules, unfair standards, solemn honor, a giant fake sack of money – it's another pitch off! Join the Overground as they present two easy-button startups made from VA innovation... to our special guest judge, Emily Chen Newton of KIOS's Made in the Middle.   

Featured Technologies: https://techlinkcenter.org/technologies/portable-pillow-embedded-with-sensors-to-collect-data-for-sleep-studies/; https://tec...
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Join the Overground as theyexplore the amazing work of the VA in functional MRI and CT segmentation.  

Featured Technologies: https://techlinkcenter.org/technologies/advanced-segmentation-techniques-and-computed-tomography-to-assess-and-address-brain-atrophy/; https://techlinkcenter.org/technologies/functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-software


Hosts: Charlie Litton (@charlielitton); Tyler Scherr (@dare2scherr); Joe Runge ...
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The parade of VA innovation continues as the Overground tours innovations related to skincare. Learn how new technology from the VA addresses the horrific (and shockingly widespread) incidence of pressure ulcers. And another innovation find an interesting way to look at those hard-to-see places.   

Featured Technologies: https://techlinkcenter.org/technologies/skin-screening-wand-camera/; https://techlinkcenter.org/technologies/comp...
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The next installment of the Overground’s tour of VA innovation visits new innovations in vision, beginning with diabetic retinopathy. The crew also looks at a new way to decrease the effects of eye surgery scarring.  

Featured Technologies: https://techlinkcenter.org/technologies/goggles-for-diagnosing-retinal-disease/; https://techlinkcenter.org/technologies/histone-deacetylase-inhibitor-for-improved-glaucoma-surgery-outcomes/; htt...
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The Department of Veteran Affairs, in addition to taking excellent care of the nation’s veterans, is on the forefront of healthcare innovation. Join the Overground as they ponder new drug targets to treat obesity, new mechanisms to regulate diabetes and the inner four-yea-old living inside every scientist.  

Featured Technologies: https://techlinkcenter.org/technologies/biomarker-for-early-detection-of-type-1-diabetes/; https://tech...
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March 16, 2020 14 min
The Overground wraps its series on shortages with dive into water. Only about 1 percent of the planet’s water is actually drinkable, and the number of thirsty people is only getting......bigger. University innovation to the rescue! With minimal heat new technology makes desalination possible using an elegant filter design. Come for the innovation, stay for the summary of the first act of Frozen, the polar sea currents and internati...
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 The Overground interrupts its regularly scheduled program to take a closer look at academic innovations that could provide support and solutions to the novel coronavirus sweeping the planet. 
Useful links: https://nebraska,ed.com/covid;  


Hosts: Charlie Litton (@charlielitton); Tyler Scherr (@dare2scherr); Joe Runge (@EntreprenurialW)  


Sponsor:  UNeMed (https://www.unemed.com); @UNeMed 


Music: Countdown to Myocardi...
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The Overground gets kind of...gross. It's not every day that we learn the secret of turning lead to gold is...wait for it...urine. Also, phosphorus. We’re running out of phosphorus! University to the rescue! Wait. Did that say "urine?" 

*Note: The featured technology does not nano-bind Phosphorus, but instead holds the water to prevent phosphorus leeching.  


Featured Technologies: The world is really running out of phosph...
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February 24, 2020 19 min
Even as we drown in more and more information we grow more and more uncertain about what’s true. The Overground takes a turn for the morally ambiguous as they discuss how human technology has made it harder to know what to believe. University innovation to the rescue? University innovation is, um, reading the text messages, ahem, between patients and... uh... their therapists. Which, could have some beneficial impact, right? Also, ...
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Rare earth elements are supposed to be rare, but this is getting ridiculous. Rare earth elements make highly efficient catalysts and magnets, and they’re critical resources for the electric-driven green economy. Demand is outstripping supply, and the elements are not evenly distributed across the nations of the earth. University innovation to the rescue! There are now next-generation magnets that are rare-earth element free, and in...
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