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|Tuesday, August 23, 2011|
Catalysts are the felines of the drug development world. These long-lived compounds help facilitate the chemical reactions that make drugs work effectively, but are never actually consumed themselves. Of course, having so many lives is not always a good thing. And the problem with catalysts is they are typically made from toxic metals, which can create hazardous waste problems. So a few years ago, a team at Oregon State University developed Hua Cat, an “organocatalyst” that is more environmentally friendly than the conventional kind. Derived from non-toxic, soluble elements such as amino acids, Hua Cat also has the ability to trigger “unique sorts of chemical reactions” that will be useful for drug discovery, says Rich Carter, an Oregon State University professor of chemistry and co-inventor of the new catalyst. Carter says his team created Hua Cat because nothing else worked for one of the compounds they were trying to develop and only afterward realized the organocatalyst had a much broader range of applications. Supported by the University Venture Development Fund, a state program designed to commercialize university-based discoveries, Hua Cat is now being manufactured by Albany-based Synthetech. About that name. It’s a reference to Hua Yang, an OSU postdoctoral research associate who was the first person to make the new compound. Says Carter: “My students started saying ‘Hua Cat,’ and it stuck.”
Thursday, March 19, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
There are 278 companies licensed to operate as brewery, according to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Here are three new beer-making hubs slated to open soon.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
At Oregon State University, a 21st century version of the bad dream — nuclear terrorism — is alive and well. This winter, the Department of Nuclear Physics and Radiation Health Physics created a new interdisciplinary graduate emphasis in nuclear forensics, a Sherlock Holmes-sounding program that aims to identify how and where confiscated nuclear and radiological materials were created.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | OB RESEARCH EDITOR
Employment in Oregon is almost back up to prerecession levels — and employers are having to work harder to entice talented staff to join their ranks. This year’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon project showcases the kind of quality workplaces that foster happy employees.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
BY TAMSEN LEACHMAN | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
It is important to understand the EEOC’s priorities, and ensure that your leadership understands the shifting expectations of regulators and the heightened standards to which you (and they) may be held.
Friday, February 27, 2015
BY OB STAFF
The 100 Best list recognizes large, medium and small companies for excellence in work environment, management and communications, decision-making and trust, career development and learning, and benefits and compensation.
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY LINDA BAKER
Founded 12 years ago, Keen Inc. likes to push the envelope, starting with the debut of the “Newport” closed toe sandal in 2003. Since then, the company has opened a factory on Swan Island and a sleek new headquarters in the Pearl District. The brand’s newest offering, UNEEK, is a sandal made from two woven cords and not much more.
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