Friday, November 30, 2007


Walter Goldstein, PhD., MBA, P.E. will talk about his patented method of creating a universal blood supply using bioreactors. He has co-founded a company, TransCyte, Inc. to develop the technology,

Tuesday, December 11th at 11:30 AM Check-in/Networking 12 PM Lunch
McCormick & Schmicks: Lunch $30. 355 Howard Hughes Parkway, Las Vegas, NV
R.S.V.P. Judith Lynn Rebholz 839-7201 or
Dr. Walter E. Goldstein is the former Coordinator of the UNLV Biotechnology Center. He is the co-founder of TransCyte, Inc. (a company formed to produce red cells from stem cells) as well as the President of Goldstein Consulting Company. He has led a research and development organization of 140 persons (35 Ph.D.'s) at Bayer (Miles, Inc.), a leading firm in biotechnology, clinical diagnostics, therapeutics, food ingredients, materials, chemicals, and consumer products. He led 35 persons (10 Ph.D.'s) at ESCAgenetics Corporation, which was a leading developer of plant-based technology for food, food ingredients and pharmaceuticals. He designed and developed cryogenic processes and equipment for Union Carbide Corporation. At the UNLV Biotechnology center he developed programs in forensic DNA profiling, microbiological identification, food safety, genetic basis for biotechnology improvements, and prevention of nosocomial infections.

Dr. Walter Goldstein holds a BS in chemical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, an MS and PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA from Michigan State University, with emphasis in finance, marketing, business law, and business organization. He is a Registered Professional Engineer. He has held faculty and research appointments in both the University (Notre Dame, UNLV) and private sectors.

Dr. Goldstein holds a number of patents including the process for producing a transfusable, oxygenating composition of human red blood cells by the ex vivo culturing, expansion and differentiation of human primitive hematopoietic cells. The process involves expansion of primitive hematopoietic cells in a first bioreactor containing one or more growth factors, differentiating the cells into erythroid progenitor cells in a second bioreactor containing one or more differentiation factors and effecting maturation of the erythroid progenitor cells into mature erythrocytes in a third bioreactor containing one or more maturation factors. The invention also provides a process for producing a transfusable, oxygenating composition of red blood cells by expansion and differentiation of primitive hematopoietic cells in a bioreactor containing a nutrient medium which includes perfluorocarbons which improve the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between the cells and the nutrient media.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

NevBio Luncheon Showcases UNLV College of Sciences

NevBio showcased the UNLV College of Sciences at its November luncheon. The audience included a large number of local business people and a wide range of UNLV administration, faculty and students, including University Regent, Mark Alden who briefly spoke about his support for the university.

Dean Ron Yasbin provided an overview of the College of Sciences’ many accomplishments and previewed the new Science and Engineering Building now under construction.

UNLV EVP and Provost Neal Smatresk briefed the attendees on the challenges and opportunities facing UNLV. Dr. Helen Wing and a number of other researchers explained their research work on large posters that surrounded the room. (Thanks to Dave Archer who wrote this post from Nevada's Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, a sponsor of NevBio.)

Thursday, November 1, 2007

NevBio to Present at MedExpo at UNLV

Nevada Biotechnology & Bioscience Consortium will be presenting at the 2007 MedExpo trade show on Friday, November 9, 2007 at the UNLV Student Union building.
The MedExpo Trade Show starts at 11AM and runs through to 5 PM and the admission is free. At 1:30 the Nevada Biotechnology and Bioscience Consortium will make a presentation on “Building the Biotechnology Marketplace in Nevada, A Community Collaboration.” MedExpo 2007 targets medical professionals including physicians, nurses and health care professionals and is sponsored by M.D. NEWS Magazine, Southern Nevada Edition. Free parking for MedExpo 2007 is in the UNLV Parking Garage located off of Maryland Parkway on Cottage Grove Avenue (adjacent to Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall).

Cutting Edge Bisocience Research at UNLV Luncheon

The November 7th lunch meeting of Nevada Biotechnology & Bioscience Consortium will be hosted by the UNLV College of Sciences. The program will start with opening remarks from Executive Vice President and Provost Neal Smatresk and a powerpoint presentation on the College of Sciences from Dean Ron Yasbin and Associate Dean Carl Reiber. Faculty and students from the College of Science will have large posters that summarize their current research projects in bioscience and biotechnology fields.

Check in and networking will start at 11:30 AM and the program with lunch will start at 12 noon. The meeting will be in the Blasco Events Wing of the UNLV Foundation Building which is close to the corner of Cottage Avenue and Maryland Parkway, next to the Judy Bayley Theatre.

Parking for the event will be in the lot adjacent to the UNLV Foundation Building (Lot Y) and metered parking is also available in a nearby parking garage.