Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: AMARILLO—Amarillo Biosciences Inc. plants to open an Asia operations center in Taipei, Taiwan.
This center will enable ABI to increase its presence in Taiwan in order to access growing markets in mainland China and in other Asian countries.
“This new Asia Operations Center will explore new business opportunities in Asia, seek licensing opportunities, and evaluate investment proposals,” said chief executive Stephen Chen in a prepared statement. “Interviews for its new staff will begin immediately in an effort to have the center fully operational in the third quarter of this year.”
The job openings include general manager, scientific and business administrators, and numerous project managers.
First, the Asia center will introduce healthcare products and technologies from the U.S. into the Asian markets, Chen said. Second, the center will identify and develop new strategic partners in the region. Third, the Center will seek sources of financing when the need arises. Fourth, the center will identify new healthcare products and technologies that can be brought into the U.S. from the Asian regions to be distributed by ABI.
Amarillo Biosciences Inc. is a U.S. biotechnology firm operating in partnership with Hayashibara Company Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Nagase Group, which also holds 4% of Amarillo Biosciences shares and has provided over $18 million in loans, grants and equity investments. The company's primary focus is ongoing research and development of low-dose, orally administered interferon as a treatment for a variety of conditions, including influenza, hepatitis C, chronic cough, and opportunistic infections in patients who are HIV positive. The company has invested nearly $40 million to establish oral interferon as a therapeutic agent. The majority of those funds were invested in clinical trials in an effort to achieve FDA approval for interferon.
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