Test can detect infectious diseases in minutes | Exosuits that can prevent back strain

Faster infectious disease detection

OLATHE, KS–Lab tests that detect infectious diseases can take hours to deliver results. In 2018, former Navy Seal Sean McIntosh launched Foothold Labs, which offers a portable diagnostic system that can detect infectious diseases in saliva within five to eight minutes.

Exosuits and back strain

NASHVILLE, TN– Karl Zelik, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University, says it was his boyhood fantasy to develop tech like Black Panther’s vibranium supersuit for use in real life. He’s getting close with HeroWear, a company that makes assistive 3-pound exosuits that can reduce the strain on back muscles by 75 pounds or more.

Reducing hospitalization with convalescent plasma

CINCINNATI, OH–Research from the University of Cincinnati shows renewed hope in reducing hospitalizations from COVID-19 through the use of convalescent plasma–blood plasma derived from patients who have recovered from COVID-19–when given early in the disease course.

Venture Day 2022, North Carolina

DURHAM, NC—At Venture Day 2022, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center highlighted the importance of strengthening a regional ecosystem of scientific and entrepreneurial expertise. The event helped life science startups in the NC region gain exposure, build connections, and get feedback from potential investors. Here are the startups that participated.

Lincoln research center to focus on women’s health

LINCOLN, NE–Many studies on medication use have systemically excluded women from participation because of concerns related to pregnancy. The University of Nebraska Medical Center has announced the creation of a research center strictly focused on women’s health. The Nebraska Center for Women’s Health Research will shine a light on those who are working on research that affects the health and well-being of women.