Economic Development

iXPressGenes experiment launches to the International Space Station

HudsonAlpha Associate Growing Crystals in Space

Huntsville, Ala. – An experiment by HudsonAlpha associate company iXPressGenes launched today onboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule en route to the International Space Station.

Synthetic and bioengineering company iXpressGenes was one of the first recipients of a grant from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space to send an experiment on advancing protein crystallization in microgravity to the ISS national laboratory.

Conversant Bio Releases Normal Bone Marrow E-Book

Published by Global Leader in Tissue and Cell Samples, Guide Offers Key Information on Normal Bone Marrow to Help Researchers

Huntsville, AL—January 28, 2014 — Conversant Bio, a global leader in supplying the highest-quality human tissue and viable cell samples, today announced it is publishing a guide to the basics of normal bone marrow and how it’s used in research. The e-book A Researcher’s Guide to Normal Bone Marrow, is available as a free download at

CFDRC-developed SynVivo® recognized among “Top 10 Innovations of 2013” by The Scientist

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. December 4, 2013 – CFD Research Corporation-developed SynVivo® microfluidic cell-based assay platform has been recognized as one of the "Top 10 Innovations of 2013" by The Scientist magazine. SynVivo enables faster, more efficient drug development by combining the control of in vitro testing with the realism of in vivo studies. 

How Science Does Creativity

News Outlet: 
Business Alabama
Date published: 
November 13, 2013

Jim Hudson describes how creativity is built into the DNA of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.

CFDRC scientist recognized in Nikon Small World photomicrography contest

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- CFD Research Corporation has announced that research scientist Ashley Smith garnered recognition in the 39th annual Nikon Small World photomicrography contest. Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the microscope.

MVW Nutritionals sees healthy start

Company’s supplements and vitamins support cystic fibrosis community

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- “Just yesterday, I had a call from a CF mom,” said Mike Walters, one of three principals of start-up MVW Nutritionals, LLC. “Her son wouldn’t take his vitamin because the manufacturer had changed the flavor. Getting him to take the new vitamin had become a battle.” The frustrated mother contacted a cystic fibrosis care center and was referred to MVW. “Today, a bottle of vitamins is going out the door,” Walters said. He sent a free, one-month supply. “I asked only that she pay the shipping and also asked her to contact me again if her son didn’t like it because there are several other products.”

15 Years Stronger: stories of courage and progress

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Date published: 
October 3, 2013

Local NBC affiliate news anchor and breast cancer survivor highlights research and business tenants at HudsonAlpha Institute

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. WAFF 48 Anchor Liz Hurley recently marked the fifteenth year since her initial breast cancer diagnosis. Cancer-free, Liz wanted to tell the stories of more women who went through the same trials and tribulations she did, as well as learn more about the progress we've made in the research and fight of this disease in the 15 years since.

CFD Research Corporation is first tenant to move into HudsonAlpha's new building along McMillian Park

News Outlet: 
The Huntsville Times,
Date published: 
October 3, 2013

Winding through the hallways of the new 28,000-square-foot CFD Research office at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology on Thursday, Director of Biomedical & Energy Technologies Sameer Singhal showed off the space he will soon share full-time with 79 other colleagues.

Kailos Genetics approved to test human DNA for personalized medicine, feature

News Outlet: 
The Huntsville Times,
Date published: 
August 12, 2013
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Huntsville biotechnology company Kailos Genetics is expanding its capabilities in the emerging science of personal medicine in a move to grow both the company and Huntsville’s biotechnology sector.
“All of the underpinnings are there” for biotech to join space and defense as key foundations of Huntsville’s economy, Kailos Chief Strategy Officer Mike Walters said in an Aug. 6 interview at the company's laboratories in the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.

iRepertoire and Sequenta join forces on blood cancer testing

News Outlet: 
Business Wire
Date published: 
August 7, 2013
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. and HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Sequenta and iRepertoire announced today that Sequenta has gained exclusive rights to the iRepertoire intellectual property on novel methods of immune cell sequencing for minimal residual disease (MRD) testing. This intellectual property complements Sequenta’s existing patents on MRD, including its proprietary LymphoSIGHT™ technology. The agreement reinforces Sequenta’s patent portfolio, which strengthens Sequenta’s ability to provide future products and new features and solidifies the company’s position as the MRD market leader.
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