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November 2014

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Flashback: Coalition of the Willing

Flashback: Coalition of the Willing

Top News Links: Wednesday, Nov. 26

Top News Links: Tuesday, Nov. 25

HudsonAlpha Breeds Serial Entrepreneurs

HudsonAlpha Breeds Serial Entrepreneurs

A flare for growing biotech companies is a characteristic of the genomic researchers of the HudsonAlpha Institute. The co-founder and one of his first associate entrepreneurs are good examples.

Top News Links: Monday, Nov. 24

Footprints in the Dark Illuminated

Footprints in the Dark Illuminated

Off the radar of research park tenants, snug in downtown Huntsville, Polaris Sensor Technologies Inc. has gone from Homeland Security problem statements to licensed patents to revenues of $5 million a year.

Top News Links: Friday, Nov. 21

Tracking the Long Life of Nuclear Harm

Tracking the Long Life of Nuclear Harm

With innovative data collection and persistence, an Alabama doctor of genetics is challenging official assurances that harm from nuclear accidents is short lived.

Top News Links: Thursday, Nov. 20

Creative Dishing and the Next Big Thing

Creative Dishing and the Next Big Thing

GATR Technologies’ “great big antenna in the little bitty box” launched the Huntsville company onto the Inc. 5000 six years in a row. With 300+ dished to the military and a new $440 million DoD contract, the company is studying a new generation of small satellites as the next big thing.

Top News Links: Wednesday, Nov. 19

The Shoals’ Inventor/Entrepreneur

The Shoals’ Inventor/Entrepreneur

For most of his life, this 82-year-old Muscle Shoals entrepreneur has been staking out patents like fence posts, and they pop up everywhere.

Top News Links: Tuesday, Nov. 18

Building Better Blood Tests

Building Better Blood Tests

Build a better cholesterol test and measure sales alongside the national rate for heart attacks. Atherotech has a 10-year plan for innovations on blood tests.

Selling Solutions to Schools

Selling Solutions to Schools

Glenn Clayton was still in school when he started a company he now expects to be the best “school solutions company” in the Southeast.

Top News Links: Friday, Nov. 14

Poor States Take up Charity Slack

Poor States Take up Charity Slack

Top News Links: Thursday, Nov. 13

Classroom Job Building

Classroom Job Building

A series of Career Planning Guides, now in their third edition in Alabama schools, provide a workforce training curriculum that industrial recruiters see as effective, measurable and one of their best tools.

Top News Links: Wednesday, Nov. 12

The Cutting Edge of Diamond Forming

The Cutting Edge of Diamond Forming

This UAB-incubated enterprise excels in advanced materials R&D — from forming nano-diamond coatings to a DoD contract to solve the “tin whiskers” problem.

Top News Links: Tuesday, Nov. 11

Custom Engineering Solutions for Manufacturers

Custom Engineering Solutions for Manufacturers

Designing custom solutions for advanced manufacturers is the business of Fitz-Thors Engineering. Making tools for robots is one of their specialties.

Hard Rock Mining Easing Up

Hard Rock Mining Easing Up

The recession’s been a hard road for Vulcan Materials, says CEO Tom Hill, but things are looking up.

Top News Links: Monday, Nov. 10

Spotlight on Cullman, Walker and Winston Counties

Spotlight on Cullman, Walker and Winston Counties

Airbus Launches A320 Designed for Alabama

Airbus Launches A320 Designed for Alabama

Top News Links: Friday, Nov. 7

The Farmer's Alchemist

The Farmer's Alchemist

Inventure Renewables expects to convert $40-a-ton farm refuse into $600-per-ton biofuel. Global agribusiness has bet millions the alchemy is marketable.

Miss America’s Padded Scholarship Claims

Company Kudos, November 2014

Company Kudos, November 2014

A month of achievements in Alabama business

Top News Links: Thursday, Nov. 6

Chambers of Commerce — Varied Focus, Allied Interests

Chambers of Commerce — Varied Focus, Allied Interests

There is no template for a chamber of commerce. “If you’ve see one, you’ve seen one.” Meet the myriad grass roots of Alabama’s business communities.

Top News Links: Wednesday, Nov. 5

The Complexity Engine

The Complexity Engine

Data analysts are always conjuring the next algorithm to materialize marketing gold. What about an algorithm to help teach kids to read? That’s what three partners asked at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. And they have a good start on the answer.

Top News Links: Tuesday, Nov. 4

$177 Million Development Plan Unveiled in Huntsville

$177 Million Development Plan Unveiled in Huntsville

Top News Links: Monday, Nov. 3

Steel Giants Retool Alabama Mill to Compete with Auto Aluminum

Steel Giants Retool Alabama Mill to Compete with Auto Aluminum

LuLu’s Rolls into Florida

LuLu’s Rolls into Florida

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