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QCOM’s Launch Week

Qualcomm Technologies was part of two major product announcements last week, sending its stock (Nasdaq: QCOM) to record highs north of $200 for the first time. The major news was the anticipated announcement of Microsoft’s Copilot+ – the Seattle-based company’s new generative AI platform for its PCs, which is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X series chips.

The next bit of news was the launch of Sonos’ Ace headphones – the wireless speaker company’s first foray into the high-end headphone market. The Ace headphones, powered by the Qualcomm S5 Gen 2 Sound platform, retail for $450 and are designed to compete with other top-tier headphones by Apple and Bose.

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Research into the links between nano and chemical engineering got a boost last week when CorDx Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Aiiso Yufeng Li gifted UC San Diego $21 million.

In recognition of the gift, UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is renaming its Department of NanoEngineering to the Yufeng Li Family Department of Chemical and Nano Engineering. CorDx integrated nano-scale science with chemical engineering in the development of its 3-in-1 Tyfast Flu A/B & COVID-19 Multiplex Rapid Test.

“Nanotechnology holds immense potential when better linked with chemistry, especially in the field of diagnostics and therapeutics,” Li told the Business Journal.

Since 2021, the Li family has donated more than $26 million to UC San Diego, including a previous $2.1 million gift to the NanoEngineering department. Li also gave $3 million to the Jacobs School’s Sustainable Power and Energy Center and $210,000 to seed UC San Diego’s Department of Bioengineering, later named the Shu Chien-Gene Lay Department of Bioengineering after a $22 million gift from BioLegend Founder and CEO Gene Lay.

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Scripps Research professor and John C. Martin Endowed Chair in Chemistry Donna Blackmond, Ph.D. has a new role – fellow of the Royal Society of the United Kingdom, a scientific academy that dates to the 17th century. Blackmond’s research at Scripps focuses on the study of “chirality,” the molecular geometry found in the building blocks of the natural world.

Blackmond’s career includes academic positions through the U.S. and Europe, including serving as professor and chair in catalysis at Imperial College London. She also held the role of associate director of technical operations at Merck, leading the Reaction Engineering Laboratory, which applied studies of organic reaction mechanisms to accelerate drug development and reduce production costs.

Blackmond has been the recipient of many science awards and honors, including election to the National Academy of Engineering in 2013, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016, and the National Academy of Sciences in 2021.

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