MARQUETTE — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday announced appointments to the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees and the Michigan Tech University Board of Trustees as well as the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents and the boards of trustees of Ferris State, Grand Valley State and Western Michigan universities.
Named to the NMU Board of Trustees was Gregory J. Seppanen of Marquette, a retired teacher who taught U.S. history, government, world history and economics in the Marquette Area Public Schools for 24 years. Seppanen has also served as a Marquette County commissioner, supervisor of Chocolay Township and as a member of the U.S. Army Presidential Honor Guard. He remains an active member of both the Marquette County Planning Commission and the Central U.
This is an article about portfolio company, ONL Therapeutics Inc.
Ann Arbor-based pharmaceutical company ONL Therapeutics Inc. has closed on nearly $47 million in a Series B fundraising round that will further the company's work on developing drugs to protect against several eye conditions that cause blindness. The investment was led by Fort Worth, Texas-based…
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Michigan spent $135.3 million on masks, gloves and other gear during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, when officials were racing against time — and other states — to protect medical personnel and other essential workers, an Associated Press analysis found.
The nationwide analysis found that states paid more than $7 billion for personal protective equipment and crucial medical devices such as ventilators and infrared thermometers between early 2020, when COVID-19 first emerged in the U.S., and late spring.
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Micro-LAM (Portage, MI), which manufactures laser cutting systems for ultra-precision CNC machining, has acquired 603OPTX (Keene, NH), an optical fabrication company specializing in the fabrication of precision optical components. The acquisition aims to extend R&D, prototyping, and preproduction capabilities to Micro-LAM customers, and further support them with optional production and fabrication expertise through 603OPTX’s turnkey capabilities.
Micro-LAM’s cutting technologies equip precision machines with a hybrid
This is an article about portfolio company, Bloomscape.
While some people have found comfort in adopting a pet, I have been getting through the past few months partly with the help of my plant-filled apartment. I find so much calm in the ritual of pruning, watering and growing my plants; it's pretty much like
This is an article about portfolio company, Blue Canyon Technologies.
The satellites Blue Canyon developed for DARPA — based on the company's commercial X-SAT bus — passed a critical design review.
WASHINGTON — Small satellite manufacturer Blue Canyon Technologies has been cleared to produce its first two satellites for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Blackjack program, the company announced Dec. 14.
DARPA plans to deploy up to 20 spacecraft in low-Earth orbit that will be connected by optical inter-satellite links and provide communications, missile tracking and navigation services.
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There was one plant that became a true shining star of 2020, and nope—it wasn’t the monstera or fiddle leaf fig. According to Bloomscape, the most gifted plant of the year was the Mini Money Tree. (Something we actually
This is an article about portfolio company, SpellBound.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, SpellBound founder and CEO Christina York was concerned that her company might not survive. Ann Arbor-based SpellBound creates interactive augmented reality experiences, delivered via mobile device, to distract and motivate young patients in health care settings. York knew her health care industry clients had to focus on combating the virus, but she and her team found a new need for SpellBound's technology: helping pediatric patients in recovery and isolation.
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TEPCO will deliver SkySpecs' autonomous drone inspections, blade asset management software, and predictive maintenance planning to the Japanese wind market
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- SkySpecs, leading provider of Operations & Maintenance solutions for the wind energy industry, today announces a signed partnership agreement with TEPCO Ventures, to deliver SkySpecs' solutions to the Japanese wind energy market.
"We are excited to be partnering with TEPCO and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship. Japan is expected to acco
This is an article about portfolio company, DNASTAR®
DNASTAR® has announced the integration of the Mastermind database from Genomenon into the Lasergene Genomics software with the release of Lasergene® 17.2.
With this integration, Lasergene users can now search and cross-reference NGS variant data from millions of PubMed publications. This searching and filtering capability is complemented by DNASTAR’s robust visualization and analysis tools for resequencing and human variant detection. Mastermind literature citations are included in the DNASTAR Variant Annotation Database and are available with every Lasergene Genomics license.
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This is an article about portfolio company, Genomenon.
Ladderworks is a publishing platform of diverse stories with the mission to inspire kids and youth around the world to become empathetic entrepreneurs. This series features interviews with founders working on SDG 3 – Good Health & Wellbeing by a character named Spiffy. Health is on a lot of our minds these days, so let’s see what’s being done!
Hi everyone! What a weekend! I’m Spiffy, the interplanetary journalist reporting from Planet Earth. It’s great to be back interviewing entrepreneurs making a difference in healthcare for all of us around the world. Today it is my privilege to talk to Mike Klein from Genomenon.
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This is an article about portfolio company, Shoulder Innovations.
HOLLAND — Raising nearly $21.6 million gives Shoulder Innovations Inc. the capital needed to scale up operations and bring new products to market.
The Holland-based company — which developed a new generation orthopedic shoulder implant — raised the Series C capital round from 24 investors. They include mostly existing shareholders as well as two California-based venture firms U.S. Venture Partners and Lightstone Ventures, which co-led the round and invested in Shoulder Innovations for the first time.
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This is an article about portfolio company, Bloomscape.I’m still a budding (ha!) plant mom who fell in love with a sprig of lavender a few months back, named her Carla, and never looked back. I felt like a natural, and over time, my lavender lady grew into a healthy tangle of long, leafy vines. But with shorter days, decreasing sunlight, and colder temps looming, I’m nervous about the future health of my plant baby. So, I sought extra help in my plant-care by enlisting the Vera plant care app,
One of the main jobs of a VC is to be on top of the most innovative trends that are changing and shaping the world. Identifying, predicting and furthering disruption is the reason why many people strive for careers in venture. Ironically, the actual VC industry itself is far less innovative than the industries we all invest in. As the world navigates through an unprecedented pandemic that is changing the way we live and work, and the next generation of VC’s rise to leadership level in their funds, two major themes have emerged as central to what the ‘next-gen’ of VC will look like — trends that will define the who, what, where and how we invest.
This is an article about portfolio company, Bloomscape.If you've been thinking of doing the holidays a little differently this year and keeping it more low-key, we have a good Christmas tree alternative for you. Instead of heading out as a family to get one, you ca
Study shows significant cognitive improvement in domains related to language and caregivers reported improved language and daily functioning
Lead drug candidate continues to be safe and well-tolerated
Grand Rapids, MI, November 2, 2020 (Business Wire) – Tetra Therapeutics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Shionogi & Co. Ltd., today announced positive topline results from its Phase 2 exploratory study in adult patients with Fragile X Syndrome (FXS). The study evaluated its lead candidate, BPN14770, a first-in-class phosphodiesterase‐4D (PDE4D) allosteric inhibitor. In this single-center, randomized, placebo-controlled, two-way crossover study, BPN14770 demonstrated excellent safety a
HOLLAND, Mich., November 2, 2020 – Shoulder Innovations (SI), an emerging leader in the development of shoulder replacement systems, announced today that it has closed an oversubscribed $21.6 million equity financing.
The fundraising, led by US Venture Partners together with Lightstone Ventures, also included participation by Alumni Venture Partners, Wakestream Ventures, Biosciences Research and Commercialization Center of Western Michigan University, Invest Michigan, and the Michigan Angel Fund, among others.
Founded in 2009 by Stephen B. Gunther, MD, and Mike DeVries of EDF Ventures, Shoulder Innovations set out to develop a glenoid technology fixation solution for anatomic shoulder arthroplasty
This is an article about portfolio company, Shoulder Innovations.HOLLAND, Mich., Nov. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Shoulder Innovations (SI), an emerging leader in the development of shoulder replacement systems, announced today that it has closed an oversubscribed $21.6 million equity financing. The fundraising, led by US Venture Partners together with Lightstone Ventures, also included participation by Alumni Venture Partners, Wakestream Ventures, Biosciences Research and Commercialization Center of Western Michigan University, Invest Michigan, and the Michigan Angel Fund, among others.
SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Movellus announced today it has joined the GLOBALFOUNDRIES® (GF®) GLOBALSOLUTIONS® ecosystem program. Movellus’ fully synthesizable and quickly customizable PLLs/DLLs are available to GF customers around the world with the goal of further enabling their designs and ultimately reducing their time-to-market.
GF, the world’s leading specialty foundry, provides differentiated feature-rich solutions that enable customers to develop innovative products for high-growth market segments including IoT, 5G, AI, automotive, and satellite communications.
Movellus’ technology is well-suited for GF’s customers based on the ability to customize its PLLs, DLLs, and clocking solutions for speci
When it comes to credit cards and banks, consumers are spoiled for choice—in fact, there are so many options it can be difficult to know where to start. Finding the financial institution or product that matches your unique needs can make a big difference in saving—and earning—you money, so it pays to do some homework when it’s time to set up a bank account or choose a credit card.
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This is an article about portfolio company, MaxOne.
By Joe LemireSeptember 17, 2020
The youth sports management platform SportsEngine will integrate virtual coaching platform MaxOne into its registration and rostering system and offer a three-month free trial to all of its customers.
SportsEngine, which NBC Sports Group acquired in 2016, has 16 million users and 50,000 youth sports organizations among its clients.
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ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Ann Arbor Entrepreneurs Fund (A2EF) supports entrepreneurs and investors by connecting them with their peers and the community and provides a platform for them to give back to Washtenaw County through equity donations. A2EF is excited to recognize the leadership and generosity of Jen Baird, Kathleen Craig, Marianna Kerppola and Evan Ufer, in pledging 1% of their equity to the A2EF endowment fund at the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.
“It is critical that the local venture capital ecosystem participates in this growing culture of giving - especially in 2020 - and what a fantastic opportunity to do so by partnering with
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/
The Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine (RCIGM) and Genomenon, Inc. today announced a strategic collaboration to accelerate the diagnosis of critically-ill newborns with rare genetic disorders. The collaboration combines the Institute's genomic resea
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN: AdAdapted, a mobile advertising platform that specializes in add-to-list media for CPG, announced partnerships with Cooklist and Shopping List - Simple & Easy. Cooklist is available on both Android and iOS, while Shopping List - Simple & Easy is exclusively available on Android devices.
With the partnerships, AdAdapted continues to expand its network of top grocery list apps, which includes six of the top 10 highest rated list apps in the United States. Other partners include Out of Milk, Our Groceries, Buy Me A Pie!, and BigOven.
“We look forward to expanding upon our recent success with Cooklist and Shopping List - Simple & Easy,” said AdAdapted’s CRO and co-founder Molly McFarland. “Our integrations int
SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Movellus announced today that Everactive has adopted Movellus’ ultra-low power clocking solution for its batteryless Machine Health Monitoring (MHM) IoT product. Everactive’s core SoC is clocked by Movellus ultra low power PLL.
Everactive MHM’s core SoC is clocked by Movellus’ 700-nanowatt phase-locked loop (PLL) IP. Everactive is also using Movellus PLLs in multiple next generations of their SoCs.
“Movellus’ clocking solution had the smallest area for the frequency and process combination – no other vendor came close,” said Dr. Nathan Roberts, Vice President of Engineering at Everactive. “Their unique synthesizable technology enabled them to deliver a clocking solut
This is a video about portfolio company, Bloomscape.
Yahoo Finance Video October 6, 2020
Bloomscape CEO Justin Mast joins Yahoo Finance's On The Move panel to discuss the surge in plant purchases amid the pandemic.
ADAM SHAPIRO: A lot of people as lockdowns were taking place went and got pets, but you don't have to walk a houseplant. So let's bring back to the stream Justin Mast. He is the CEO of Bloomscape, which is revolutionizing the way that a lot of us get houseplants. It's good to have you back, Justin.
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By: Channa Steinmetz - October 06, 2020
Sprouted from Venture Lab Fridays, Crema’s plant-care app Vera illustrated the possibilities of what setting aside work to grow creative and educational skills can bring, said George Brooks.
The idea behind Venture Lab: use every other Friday at Crema as a time for the digital agency’s staff to temporarily step away from client work and explore — and potentially launch — new application ideas.
Cue Crema’s recent sale of Vera to online plant retailer
Sarah Mahoney , Staff Writer @mahoney_sarah, October 5, 2020
Bloomscape is looking to take its special brand of grow-how from living room to patio, and is readying a collection of outdoor plants to introduce next spring.
The Detroit-based houseplant company just raised an additional $15 million in venture backing. And it also announced the acquisition of Vera, a plant-care app that provides content and troubleshooting.
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Sarah Perez@sarahintampaSeptember 30, 2020
If you thought to invest in more plants or started growing a small garden during 2020’s coronavirus lockdowns, you weren’t alone. According to Bloomscape, a company that ships live plants straight from greenhouses to customers’ homes, a number of people become interested in plants this year, increasing demand for its already growing service. Today,
ANN ARBOR, MICH. (PRWEB) SEPTEMBER 23, 2020
Ripple Science today announced the availability of new communication features in Ripple. These features better enable clinical research teams to work remotely and support virtual trials during this time of COVID-19. It is also timely as decentralized clinical trials (DCTs), in general, are gaining a foothold in industry.
The new communication features include bulk emails, calendar integrations for Microsoft Outlook and Google Calendar, and text messaging. These features provide significant time savings for study teams. The calendar integration enables teams to sync scheduled Ripple Events with an existing external calendar allowing seamless participant scheduling. Amanda Zimmerman, Sr. Clinical Research Coordinator at Tula
BY CHLOE BRYANMASHABLE SHOPPINGSEP 22, 2020
Growing your own food is a great way to invest in a new hobby while also (literally) reaping the rewards. You'll learn new skills, take care of something beautiful, and also ... eat delicious food? Wait, is this the ideal pastime?
You definitely don't need fancy plants to get started, but if you want extra help launching your life as a tomato parent,
By SHOLEEN DAMARWALAPublished SEP 21, 2020
Remember when Bloomscape launched an herb collection back in April that sold out within hours of going live? Well, the online plant shop is at it again and determined to save you even more time (and money) at the grocery store with brand new inclusions to their delicious
By Samantha Daly – September 21, 2020
Bloomscape’s resident “Plant Mom,” AKA horticulturalist Joyce Mast, gives us the scoop on how to prep your plant buddies for their dormant season.
After a long summer of sun and growth, it might be time to check in on your houseplants. We talked to direct-to-consumer plant shop Bloomscape to get their expertise on keeping your blooms in tip-top shape as they settle down for the colder months.
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by Sharon SteelPOSTED ON September 17, 2020
There aren’t many direct-to-consumer brands shipping products that live and breathe. Which is why Bloomscape, an eCommerce houseplant shop based in Michigan, has such a unique responsibility. Founded in 2017 by Justin Mast, a fifth-generation horticulturist, Bloomscape is turning that responsibility into an enormous asset through the power of storytelling. The company continuously delights its customers (aka “plant parents”) with cheerful,
This is an article about portfolio company, Orbion Space.
By Sandra Erwin — September 15, 2020WASHINGTON — Small satellite manufacturer Blue Canyon Technologies announced Sept. 15 it selected Orbion Space Technology to supply the electric propulsion system for the U.S. military’s Blackjack constellation.
Blue Canyon is producing four satellites for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Blackjack program. DARPA plans to launch as many as 20 small satellites to d
This is an article about portfolio company, Bloomscape.
By LISA BOONESTAFF WRITER SEP. 15, 202012:25 PM
A longtime bohemian standard during the 1970s, hanging houseplants have returned in a big way as demand for plants has skyrocketed in the pandemic and Instagram influencers flaunt their indoor jungles.
Plant parents love to dote on their houseplants, especially now that everyone is
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interior decorating skills are being revealed. During a Zoom call to celebrate the one year anniversary of Meghan’s Smart Works patronage, we got a peek into their Santa Barbara home. In the video, a framed print of the
Northville, MI (September 22, 2020). Invest Michigan announced today that Jim Tenzillo has been named a Vice President and corporate officer.
Tenzillo joined Invest Michigan in April 2016 as an associate and quickly made his mark completing 50 investments as well as taking an active role as the lead investment manager with 20 portfolio client companies. Since initiating its investment fund in 2014, Invest Michigan has completed 114 investments in 52 companies. Nearly one third of Invest Michigan’s client companies are women-led.
“Invest Michigan has been exceedingly active in making capital available to a diverse group of high-tech companies” said Charles Moret, president, “and Jim’s significant assistance to
ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HT Mobile Apps, (HTMA), a fintech company serving banks across the country with cost-effective services to help community banks attract and retain customers, recently joined the
Michigan-based makers of everything from forklifts to robotic litter boxes are winners of Ernst & Young LLP's Entrepreneur of the Year regional award.
The 10 entrepreneurs were to be announced Thursday evening during a virtual awards gala put on by the accounting firm and hosted by "Inside Edition" anchor Deborah Norville, according to a news release.
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This is an article about portfolio company, Genomenon.Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine (RCIGM), a non-profit organization focused on advancing disease-specific healthcare for newborns, has reportedly partnered with Michigan-based health IT firm Genomenon Inc. to boost the diagnosis of critically-ill infants with rare genetic disorders. The partnership combines Genomenon’s Mastermind Genomic Search Engine with RCIGM’s genomic research expertise to advance precision medicine for newborns in an intensive care setting.
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Genomenon announced today that Elizabeth Varga has joined the company’s leadership team as Director of Customer Success. In this newly created role, Varga will lead the company’s client development strategy, using insights to provide input for product marketing and direction for both clinical and Pharma customers.
“Having spent most of my career on the front lines as a genetic counselor advising families and clinicians on the impact of genomic variants for their health, family planning and therapeutic management, I fully appreciate the need for comprehensive and efficient tools to facilitate direct translation into the clinic,” said Varga. &l
SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Movellus today announced that Fred Weber has joined its Board of Advisors. Mr. Weber will help with Movellus’ mission to deliver architectural innovations, initially in the areas of clock generation and distribution, to the high performance SoC, processor, and AI markets.
Fred Weber is well-known for his contributions at AMD, where he served as Chief Technical Officer and Corporate Vice President. During his tenure at AMD, Mr. Weber led the development and delivery of the industry’s first x86-compatible 64-bit processors, the Opteron and the Athlon 64. Mr. Weber has also served as a board director at Lattice Semiconductor, MIPS, NetSpeed (now Intel), and SeaMicro; he is currently an advisor to Samsung and Cerebras Sy
This is an article about portfolio company, TD Online Accounting.
Collaboration with Autobooks aims to improve small business cash flow
CHERRY HILL, N.J., Aug. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, today announced that it is launching
An accomplished businessman, a strategic thinker and an excellent leader, Mike Klein has been responsible for raising over $50 million in private equity and venture capital financing over the years. He has drawn on a unique blend of vision, tactical thinking, communication and, execution skills in the last 25 years of his career. Mike’s technical and financial backgrounds have helped him bolster businesses and meet their objectives while driving revenue growth. Excerpts from an interview with Mike Klein, CEO, Genomenon:
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Genomenon announced today that CEO Mike Klein has been named to TechCEOs list of “Top 25 Biotechnology CEOs of 2020”. Klein was recognized for leading Genomenon, one of the most innovative health IT companies in genomics. Genomenon’s AI-powered genomic search engine is used by nearly 10,000 clinicians across 118 countries to diagnose rare disease patients from their DNA.
Genomenon provides unique and powerful solutions that transform hidden genetic data and evidence into actionable intelligence for clinical laboratories and pharmaceutical companies. The use of Mastermind has led to numerous breakthroughs, where the information required to diagnose and treat patients with a rare
This is an article about portfolio company, Akadeum Life Sciences.
CLEMSON, S.C. – A collaborative team of undergraduate students recently took first place in the Clemson COVID Challenge, a summer virtual research and design opportunity that involved 86 teams and more than 500 participants.
The event provided an opportunity for undergraduates to work on problems related to the current COVID-19 situation as well as future possible pandemics.
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This is an article about portfolio company, Akervall Technologies.
This story is part of a series about Washtenaw County businesses' response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Support for this series is provided by Ann Arbor SPARK. When COVID-19 caused sports seasons to be canceled in March, Saline-based sports mouthguard and dental night guard manufacturer Akervall Technologies turned a devastating circumstance into an opportunity.
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