"From phones to cars to medicine, technology touches every part of our lives. If you can create technology, you can change the world." Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube
- Helping businesses
- Why are older people more vulnerable to COVID-19?
- Poorly fitting face masks can double infection risk
- Understanding how the virus is spread
- Autonomous delivery for organs
- $160M for Monogram Health
- Cyclotrons come to Grand Rapids
- New orthopedic surgical needle is patented
June 23, 2021
Helping businesses affected by COVID-19
Why are older people more vulnerable to COVID-19?
Poorly fitting face masks can double infection risk
CINCINNATI, OH—The mask issue hasn’t gone away yet. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have found that poorly fitting face masks greatly increased the risk of infection from airborne COVID pathogens. To determine how fit affects infection risk, researchers used CT scans of three different face masks attached to three differently sized dummy heads to measure the gap between the face and fabric. The findings indicate that poorly fitting masks can have substantial leaks around the face. Maybe something to think about during flu season?
Understanding how the virus is spread
Flyover Future has followed medical and tech news around COVID-19 from the beginning of the pandemic. We’re adding coverage to this report related to health care innovation to feature more advances across Flyover Country.
COLUMBUS, OH—Enabled by JobsOhio and DriveOhio, a combination of manned and unmanned aircraft performed the first autonomous, multi-modal organ transport. The demonstration transported 3D printed kidneys and blood units from Ohio State University in Columbus to a local hospital in Marysville.
- NASHVILLE, TN—A startup that helps people identify chronic kidney disease sooner raised $160 million in a series B funding round led by TPG Capital. Monogram Health was founded just two years ago by Michael Uchrin, a former insurance executive.
- EAST LANSING, MI—Michigan State University welcomed two advanced GE PETtrace 890 cyclotrons to the Grand Rapids Innovation Park, making the facility one of the most modern in the world. The 12,000-square-foot radiopharmacy, when operating at full capacity, will support the growing diagnostic and therapeutic needs of thousands of cancer patients from West Michigan and around the country.
- KNOXVILLE, TN—Two University of Tennessee-Knoxville alumni have patented a surgical needle designed to increase the speed and accuracy of whipstitching in orthopedic reconstruction surgeries, including ligament and tendon repairs.
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