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EPIVAX PRESIDENT AND CEO Dr. Anne S. De Groot. EpiVax has joined an National Institutes of Health partnership to research a vaccine for the influenza A (H7N9) virus. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

EpiVax leads NIH’s $5.8M bird-flu vaccine project

PROVIDENCE - Immunolgy engineering biotech firm EpiVax Inc. is leading a National Institutes of Health-funded $5.8 million collaboration developing a protective vaccine against avian influenza...

Public investment in basic research yields major victories

Dr. Anne S. De Groot is a major success story, not just in Rhode Island but across the globe. She bridges the research and clinical...
URI STAR: Walt Besio, professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Rhode Island and owner of CREmedical, secured $6 million in a National Science Foundation grant in 2015, a year after he earned two patents for a biomedical electrode that measures brain activity and can be used to potentially stop life-threatening seizures. From left, Jessika Decker, test subject and intern at CREmedical, Besio and Rachel Bartels, product manager at CREmedical. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO


Rhode Island needs more scientific breakthroughs to become a biotech hub,...

Rhode Island wants its own share of the biomedical-, technology- and engineering-based economy that has transformed Boston, and strengthened the competitive position of Massachusetts. To...
THE FUTURE IS NOW: Walt Besio, center, professor of biomedical engineering at URI and owner of CREmedical, works with company intern Jessika Decker, left, and Rachel Bartels, product manager for CREmedical, while testing the National Science Foundation-supported biomedical electrode he patented that measures brain activity and can be used to potentially stop life-threatening seizures.  / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Urgency for innovation should inform economic development

Despite having an unemployment rate that is lower than the national mark, Rhode Island remains a state with a problem. Last week’s cover story documented...

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