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IIT-D prepares deep tech strategy
Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi will launch a deep tech incubator and innovation strategy on the back of its recent success in becoming an Indian government-sponsored institute of eminence.
Think-Lands needles $3m
Building on Chiba and Hokkaido university research, Think-Lands is aiming to commercialise microneedles manufactured with its optical vortex production system.
Investors load up Astroscale series D to $80m
The space debris removal company has raised another $30m for its series D round from investors including UTokyo Innovation Platform and has now received $132m in total.
UTokyo enlivens EdiGene’s $15m series B
UTokyo's Innovation Platform joined subsidiaries of SBI, Sumitomo Mitsui and Mizuho Bank to help double genetic disorder treatment developer EdiGene's funding.
Tohoku University connects with Rakuten
The industry-academia partnership will start out with collaborations in the healthcare, robotics and human resources spaces, including a sports science tie-up with a Rakuten-owned baseball team and plans for software development hackathons.
UTokyo IPC ignites accelerator
The UTokyo IPC 1st Round accelerator is being supported by six corporates, providing 10 startups each year with the chance to receive up to $900,000 in funding.
Kyoto aligns itself with AlphaNavi's series A
Kyoto University has taken part in an $8.1m series A round for Alphanavi Pharma, which is developing drugs for neuropathic pain that will partly be based on the institution's research.
Weizmann Institute duo nab $12m
The funding will be funnelled into an unnamed p53 suppressor-focused oncology Weizmann spinout and ultrasound guidance device maker On-Sight Medical.

Other News

Datagrid idolises $135,000
Datagrid has lured capital from University of Tokyo's VC spinout Deep 30 as it prepares for the imminent launch of a game based on its deep learning-powered technology.
Yunhu delivers series A-plus
The medical research services provider collected funding from investors including Cash Capital, an investment arm of CAS which previously backed a series A.
Utec and Blume illuminate Budha accelerator
University of Tokyo’s Utec has extended its foray into Indian VC investments by starting an accelerator in partnership with local venture fund Blume Ventures.
Gintel Technology to purify $30m round
Kao Yuan University's Gintel has created water quality monitoring systems that can provide information on 50 parameters of toxicity and recommend remedies.
VoiceAI listens closely for pre-series A capital
VoiceAI Technologies collected funding from investors including Hong Kong X Technology Fund after launching a research collaboration with Hong Kong University of Science Technology.
Mapúa University registers tech licensing office
Mapúa University has secured Philippine government support to set up the second of the Technology Licensing Office, the second of three planned tech transfer and innovation departments.

Editor's Picks

How science can bring about a eureka moment for Indian…
The Indian innovation ecosystem is slowly catching up with that of the US, but more needs to be done, argue Tarun Khanna and K Vijay Raghavan.
Big deal: Stanford leads global innovation pack
Reuters has ranked the top 100 universities across the world, putting Stanford University at the top and naming KU Leuven as the most innovative institution in Europe.
China's $6.5bn fund just tip of the iceberg
Following the news of China's startup-focused $6.5bn fund launch, Global Government Venturing editor James Mawson looks back at the country's efforts to bolster venture capital.
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