FUELING THE FUTURE: DataChat closes $25M round | Matchstick Ventures closes third fund

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MADISON, WI—DataChat, a spin-out from the University of Wisconsin, has closed on a $25 million Series A round. The funding will enable DataChat to continue its development of data analytics using conversational intelligence. The round was led by Redline Capital and Anthos Capital, Celesta Capital (formerly WRVI Capital) and Nepenthe Capital. PITTSBURGH, PA—Investment firm Tecum Capital Management announced that it received a…

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PUDDLE HOPS: Turning sewer gas into hydrogen fuel | New tech incubator in Tulsa

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Turning sewer gas into hydrogen fuel COLUMBUS, OH—A research associate at The Ohio State University is partnering on a study that seeks to turn hydrogen sulfide – more commonly called “sewer gas” – into hydrogen fuel. Hydrogen sulfide is emitted from manure piles and sewer pipes and is a key byproduct of industrial activities, including refining oil and…

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HealthTech: Cancer and heart damage | Medical device cybersecurity | Electrical stimulation

COLUMBUS, OH—The presence of a cancer tumor can lead to cardiac damage due to free radicals interacting with cells in the heart. Researchers at The Ohio State University studied the phenomenon using fruit flies. Researchers added antioxidants to food consumed by fruit flies with tumors that then reversed the damage to the heart. MINNEAPOLIS, MN—The University of Minnesota announced that…

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FUELING THE FUTURE: CMU’s cloud lab | Wisconsin and out-of-state investors | Michigan Rise

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PITTSBURGH, PA—Carnegie Mellon University and Emerald Cloud Lab (ECL) have entered into a partnership to build the world’s first cloud lab in an academic setting. As part of Carnegie Mellon’s $250 million investment in state-of-the-art science facilities, the remote-controlled lab will provide a universal platform for AI-driven experimentation. MICHIGAN—The Michigan Rise Pre-seed Fund III has closed at $6.5 million in state…

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PUDDLE HOPS: Fixing battery drain | Babies and language tech | AI bootcamp

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Fixing cell battery drain problems ANN ARBOR, MI—Alanson Sample, an associate professor at the University of Michigan, has co-developed an invention that could eliminate the battery drain problems experienced by cell phone users around the world. The device is a wireless charging chamber that can deliver power over the air to any laptop, tablet or phone without requiring plugs…

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PUDDLE HOPS: “Lab to Life” | Building the AI ecosystem | Pet health data

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Purdue University advances next-gen wireless networks WEST LAFAYETTE, IN—Purdue University and the Purdue Research Foundation have launched a digital innovation platform called “Lab to Life.” The platform will work to advance the development of next-generation wireless networks as the nation evolves from 5G to 6G. This fall, the university will also host a competition for universities and companies to produce…

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PANDEMIC REPORT: Airway Therapeutics’ drug treatment | Don’t skip your second dose | Protease inhibitors

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Drug treatment for the sickest COVID patients CINCINNATI—Earlier this year, we reported that the FDA accepted Airway Therapeutics’ application for an investigational drug treatment designed to help some of the sickest coronavirus patients recover. The first patient has been dosed in a Phase 1b trial of AT-100 in severe COVID-19 patients and seems to be on the mend.…

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HealthTech: Early stage Alzheimer’s | Detecting diseases more quickly

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PITTSBURGH, PA—Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have just completed a study involving living patients that may bring hope to those with Alzheimer’s. The study findings suggest that targeting neuroinflammation might be beneficial for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and that it might help reverse or at least slow down the accumulation of pathologic tau protein in…

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FUELING THE FUTURE: Balto rasies $37.5M | A $104M fund in Michigan | Pittsburgh exits

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ST. LOUIS, MO—Software startup Balto has raised $37.5 million in a Series B funding round it says will accelerate its rapid growth. New York-based investment firm Stripes led the financing. The financing round also involved several existing investors, including St. Louis-based Cultivation Capital, Sierra Ventures, TIA Ventures, OCA Ventures, Stage Venture Partners, SaaS Venture Capital,…

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PUDDLE HOPS: Purdue’s IoT consortium | A cure for snoring? | Exosense Project

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Purdue University opens IoT consortium WEST LAFAYETTE, IN—The Discovery Park District at Purdue University is partnering with the university’s SMART Consortium to create a foundry dedicated to supporting the fast development of low-cost, high-volume IoT devices and use cases. Could this be the cure for snoring? EAGAN, MN—A startup created by a mechanical design engineer may have an answer…

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PANDEMIC REPORT: COVID-19 drugs already in use | More on antibodies | Fighting CRS

COVID-19 drugs already in use ANN ARBOR, MI—Could the next therapy for COVID-19 already be at your local pharmacy? A study from the University of Michigan reveals several drug contenders already in use for other purposes—including one dietary supplement—have been shown to block or reduce SARS-CoV-2 infection in cells. Antibody against COVID variants ST. LOUIS, MO—At the Washington…

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HealthTech: Hip surgery robot to researching psychedelic drugs

WARSAW, IN—Zimmer Biomet has received FDA clearance for its total hip replacement system (ROSA surgical robot). ROSA Hip is designed to adapt to a surgeon’s existing workflow by directing preparation, positioning and intra-operatively quantifying cup orientation, leg length and offset. MADISON, WI—The University of Wisconsin-Madison has started a new research center that will focus its…

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FUELING THE FUTURE: Record-setting Series A round in Nebraska | John Deere invests $250M in robotics & AI | Google & Ohio

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COLUMBUS, OH—Google Cloud has committed to expanding its presence in the Columbus, Ohio region by investing an additional $1 billion into its data center operations. The plan is to triple the size of its operations. OMAHA, NE—Insurtech startup Breeze raised $10 million in record-setting Series A round. It’s the largest first round of institutional capital…

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PUDDLE HOPS: Battery-powered modular trains | Airport tech | Computer Vision

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Utilizing existing freight lines PITTSBURGH—Urban areas in the U.S. have underutilized freight lines that could also support transit service. A team of Carnegie Mellon affiliates are developing Pop-Up Metro, a battery-powered, modular train that can be inserted onto existing infrastructure. It’s the first battery powered train in the U.S. Kansas City airport rolls out interactive tech KANSAS CITY, MO—Siemens…

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PANDEMIC REPORT: Delta variant & vaccine antibodies | Vaccine development

Vaccination antibodies and the Delta variant ST. LOUIS, MO—Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that the Delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 is largely unable to evade antibodies elicited by vaccination. The researchers analyzed a panel of antibodies generated by people in response to the Pfizer COVID-19…

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HealthTech: Biomarkers for eye disease | Next-gen imaging tech | Pinpoint pain

BLOOMINGTON, IN—Researchers at Indiana University have identified new biomarkers that may advance the early detection of diabetic retinopathy, the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in U.S. adults. ST. LOUIS, MO—An assistant professor at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis will be leading a three-year…

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