Monthly Archives - April 2021

eSight 4 Recognized as the Best Wearable/Healthcare Hardware/Software of 2021 by Tech Ascension Awards

Leading vision-enhancement platform, eSight, today announces eSight 4 has been recognized as the Best Wearable/Healthcare Hardware/Software of 2021 by the Tech Ascension Awards, which honors companies that possess the most innovative technology in their respective industry. Designed by people in the low vision community for people in the low vision community, eSight’s wearable assistive device is clinically validated to significantly enhance vision for those who are living with low vision and legal blindness. Read more >>

43North has reinvested in three companies that previously won awards in its namesake competition.

Kangarootime, CleanFiber and Strayos each received a new $300,000 investment from the state-backed nonprofit. 43North has been hosting a business competition since 2014, offering cash awards to startups in return for 5% of their companies. CleanFiber CEO Jon Strimling moved his business to Buffalo after winning $500,000 in the 2016 version of 43North. Since that time, he has turned the theoretical promise of his company into a real-world factory that can barely keep up with demand. CleanFiber turns recycled […]

Clinical Studies Find sam® Developed by ZetrOZ Systems Effectively Treats Osteoarthritis

ZetrOZ Systems, a leading medical device manufacturer and sustained acoustic medicine pipeline development company, announces that a series of studies from 2014 through 2020 found that its sam® (sustained acoustic medicine) technology reduces pain and improves joint function in patients with knee osteoarthritis. In addition, studies show that sam® can cut the overall cost of treatment in half, by $27,000 on average, and reduce lost work time. Read more >>

RevBio Receives a $2 Million NIH Grant to Pursue the Treatment of Wrist Fractures with Its Innovative Bone Adhesive Technology

RevBio, Inc., announced that it has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant expected to total $2 million over two years from the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health. This funding will allow the company to pursue the treatment of wrist fractures with its patented bone adhesive technology known as Tetranite®. Read more >>

‘Our hands are part of our vision’: Nevada mother describes living visually impaired during pandemic

Remember when you first went to the grocery store at the start of the pandemic and all the aisles were turned into one-way only? Now imagine doing that as a person who is visually impaired. “Think about when the tissue paper pandemic was happening,” Rosa Henderson, who was born visually impaired, said. “People barrel in. You’re heading to the aisle, and you’ve got to grab it before somebody else grabs it. We got to get through the door first.” […]

Extracellular Matrix: The Secret Sauce of 3D Cell Culture

With 3D cell culture making strong inroads into preclinical studies and basic research, the focus of vendors and investigators alike has turned from discovery to optimization. What kinds of organoids, spheroids, or nondescript 3D cultures work best? What should their cellular composition be?..

When designing 3D cultures—organoids, spheroids, organ-chips, etc.—scientists tend to look for an off-the-shelf answer, much as they do with cell culture media. But in nature ECM composition varies significantly throughout organisms, from tissue to tissue and organ […]

CytoAgents looks forward to a big 2021 and beyond

Up next are two clinical trials, a phase-two clinical trial for GP1681 in the area of Covid-19 and a separate clinical that will determine how it works with CAR-T patients. It’s shaping up to be a busy year for Pittsburgh-based CytoAgents, an early stage pharmaceutical company based in Pittsburgh whose drug candidate. Read more >>

Meet AlphaLab Health’s inaugural class of companies

Innovation Works and Allegheny Health Network today announced seven companies selected for the inaugural class of AlphaLab Health, a newly created business accelerator the two organizations launched this year to provide promising health-care and life-sciences businesses with the resources and support they need to grow and thrive. CytoAgents, a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on the development of innovative pharmaceutical products for the treatment of life-threatening symptoms associated with Cytokine Release Syndrome (CRS), an overreaction of the immune system […]

Meet The Inventors: David Friend of Wasabi On How To Go From Idea To Store Shelf

David Friend is the co-founder and CEO of Wasabi, a revolutionary cloud storage company. David’s first company, ARP Instruments developed synthesizers used by Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and even helped Steven Spielberg communicate with aliens providing that legendary five-note communication in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Don’t be afraid to compete with companies that are bigger than you. Just because they are bigger doesn’t mean they are the best at everything. This has proven to be […]

These Startups Want To Help Students Better Manage Their School Debt

The Federal Reserve estimates $1.7 trillion in U.S. student loan debt. Students, on average, graduate with $29,000 of private and federal loan debt and default on their loans at a rate of 15 percent. Startups in this space are developing technology to target both private and federal loan debt in areas, such as responsible lending, loan management and refinancing, as well as make it easier for employers to create benefits that aid employees with their loan repayments. Two years […]