August 6, 2018
5 Things to Know for JULY 2018
July 31, 2018
1. Duke startup Realtime Robotics (Dan Sorin, Pratt, Prof of ECE) was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $225,000 to conduct research and development (R&D) work on Risk-Aware Motion Planning for Autonomous Vehicles. This is in addition to a $1.5M Phase II DARPA award and a $2M seed funding from Toyota AI Ventures, SPARX Group and the wonderfully named San Francisco Scrum Ventures.
2. Duke startup Cereius (Michael Zalutsky, SoM, Prof of Radiology & Kimberly Blackwell, SoM Adjunct Prof of Med) raised $6.7M to advance Duke invented novel therapies for treating solid tumor brain metastasis
3. GE Healthcare released a new organ dose estimation module for their DoseWatch monitoring software for CT based on licensed dosimetry technology developed at Duke (Ehsan Samei, Paul Segars, SoM, Profs of Radiology). This module brings significant improvements in patient modeling with the use of more than 160 XCAT (Extended Cardiac-Torso) phantoms, accounts for tube current modulation, and provides an estimation of dose to tissues outside the field of view.
4. David Smith (Pratt, Prof of ECE, and inventor extraordinaire) has contributed to four startup companies, all with news this month:
5. OLV welcomes its 4th and 5th Mentors-in-Residence. The MIRs, often aided by our New Venture Fellows (in collaboration with Fuqua), work with our faculty startup projects and provide guidance ranging from creating pitch decks, developing market assessments and providing introductions to investors. Our newest MIRs are Kurt Schmidt who most recently worked in a variety of venture-backed startups in Silicon Valley and will focus on software startup projects. Inga Deakin comes with a background in venture and startups in the U.K. and is shared with BME – working half time with Duke New Ventures and halftime at the BRiDGE. Inga will focus on medical devices and software.