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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:

a.    Pivotal Commware which develops holographic beam-forming technology for wireless service providers announced that it had overcome 5G’s biggest obstacle – in building penetration.  The Echo 5G enabled connectivity after penetrating double-paneled glass from a base station up to 1600 feet away.
b.    Echodyne is developing beam steering radar to detect and counter UAS (unmanned aircraft systems). Echodyne’s radar was used with a team led by Dedrone that won first place last month at ThunderDrone’s “Game of Drones” outdoor demonstration at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.
c.     Evolv‘s metamaterial antenna technology (Evolv Edge™) is now being used at Oakland International Airport Screening to scan up to 900 people/hr.  The product eliminates bottlenecks and long lines by scanning people as they walk through the lines without the need to stop and pose or empty pockets.
d.    Kymeta (satellite technology) CEO and Duke alum Nathan Kuntz will be speaking at our November 8th Invented at Duke Celebration


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.