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Cary, NC - November 17, 2013. BMG LABTECH, Inc. - the Microplate Reader Company - and InvivoSciences, Inc. - a leader in stem cell tissue engineering providing a novel solution in first-in-class drug discovery - announced today a strategic collaboration to market the time-dependent fluorescent assessment of engineered 3D heart tissues using advanced microplate reader technologies. Employing an automated system, 3D heart tissues are fabricated with cardiomyocytes derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells. The ultra- sensitive plate reader, CLARIOstar®, will analyze rapid beat-to-beat changes (up to 50 Hz) in the fluorescence intensities of dyes that indicate physiological states in engineered 3D heart tissue after drug/compound application.

In 2008, before tech accelerator programs exploded onto the scene, a couple of successful Madison entrepreneurs had a smaller idea: To form a group that would give one-on-one help to people with a promising concept but little knowledge how to turn it into a real business. With backing from UW-Madison, Terry Sivesind and Toni Sikes created MERLIN (Madison Entrepreneur Resource, Learning and Innovation Network) Mentors.

Business incubators--more than 300 in the U.S., many attached to universities--are increasingly drawing intellectual capital from around the world. With the help of CB Insights, a Manhattan firm that tracks private-company funding trends, University Research Park and the MG&E Innovation Center were cited by Forbes...