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
This is an article about portfolio company, Genomenon.
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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ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sparta, Mich.-based ChoiceOne Bank has helped customers save more than $500,000 with Plinqit, the only savings app of its kind that pays users for learning about personal finances.
Plinqit, developed by HT Mobile Apps, improves users’ financial literacy through its patent-pending Build Skills™. Users can take a quiz and be rewarded towards their savings goal. The app enables customers to securely link their Plinqit account to their checking account, set a savings goal and automatically set aside a small amount of money at a rate and schedule that they choose. This out-of-sight-out-of-mind savings helps users continue to save without temptation to withdraw before reaching their goal and the bank is seeing real results.
This is an article about portfolio company, Bloomscape.
If you've got plans to turn your garden or green space into a bountiful work of art this summer, the recent coronavirus pandemic may have complicated things ever so slightly. Making nonessential in-person trips to plant stores and other garden retailers has become far less attractive, and as much as we miss the smell of Home Depot, it's simply not worth it.
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While spending extra time at home, you might be considering some decor changes. Plants can offer both attractive design elements and healthy air filtration to your kitchen. Whether you’re an avid gardener looking for a few more potted plants or a first-time plant parent, there are great options for adding some greenery to your kitchen and dining space.
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This is an article about portfolio company, AdAdapted.
ANN ARBOR, Mich.– AdAdapted, a mobile advertising platform that specializes in Add-to-List media for CPG, recently completed its Series A round of financing. New investors, Capital Midwest Fund (lead investor) and Michigan Angel Fund, supported the most current funding round which closed in Q2 of this year.
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A smaller number of venture capital deals were reported across Michigan in the second quarter, though the amount invested increased from a year earlier.
Venture capital groups invested $102.8 million in 18 deals in Michigan from April to June, according to a recent report from the National Venture Capital Association and Pitchbook. That compares with $94.5 million invested in 27 deals in the second quarter of 2018.
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This is an article about portfolio company, Orbion.
It didn’t take long for a practical application to pop up and take advantage of the breakthrough plasma rocket thrusters developed by Orbion Space Technology of Houghton, Michigan. AST & Science (AST) of Midland, Texas, is planning the launch of its SpaceMobile network, a low-earth-orbit constellation of satellites that will provide cellular coverage for 4G and 5G smartphones, and has selected Orbion’s Aurora propulsion solution to maneuver their spacecraft.
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On this episode of 'Cheddar Reveals': The features and garden editor at Martha Stewart Living discusses the best plants to grow in your garden; The official 'Plant Mom' for Bloomscape discusses how to get started on your plant parenting journey; Cheddar gets a look at CuriosityStream's 'Big World in a Small Garden' where experts explore how to connect with nature through plants.
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A season of social distancing and staycations, summer 2020 has been deemed the best time to adopt more plant babies. Because if you have to spend more time at home, you might as well turn your house into a lush oasis, right? It seems many have the same idea. Victory Gardens made a serious comeback this spr
ANN ARBOR, MI – July 9, 2020 - Ripple Science today announced their partnership with Lakeside Life Science, a diagnostic research organization that is performing a clinical study to determine antibodies using Medsential’s COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid Test Cassette. With 9.1 Million cases and 472,000 deaths worldwide, the public health crisis that is COVID-19 has accelerated organizations to adopt technology like Ripple, which shorten time-to-market for biopharma solutions.
Ripple is a web-based platform designed for clinical research teams who want a secure and streamlined way to recruit, manage, and retain patients for trials. Ripple is a purpose-built CRM and project manager which organizes clinical trial recruiting and research efforts,leadi
This is an article about portfolio company, SpellBound.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – SpellBound, an Ann Arbor-based augmented reality company, has received a $1.8 million fast track grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study opioid use in pediatric cancer patients.
The study will measure the effects of SpellBound’s augmented reality scavenger hunt, ARISE, on the length of hospital stay and opioid use by pediatric cancer patients after surgery.
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This is an article about portfolio company, Autobooks.
Missouri-based First Bank will now be using Autobooks to help clients such as small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) boost their banking experiences, according to a press release.
Among the new features will be the ability for customers to get paid at a distance and monitor cash flow in real time, the release states.
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This is an article about portfolio company, Air Liquide.
Computer numerical control (CNC) machining, or the automated control of 3-D printers and machining tools via a computer, is slated for an upgrade through a partnership between companies in Canton Township and Europe.
Fusion Coolant Systems in Canton Township announced the formation of a partnership with Paris-based Air Liquide with a goal to focus on sustainability, productivity, and employee health and safety for manufacturers engaged in CNC machining.
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Real Simple’s mission, through its 20 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these. Automate your life even more, so you have time for the smaller things—like teaching little ones how to fish or nurturing your own plant seedling—with these clever finds.
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If you’re stuck inside, as so many people are, self-quarantining due to the spread of coronavirus, it can be difficult to occupy yourself and not go crazy. But whether you want to work out, play board games, or practice self-care, there are tons of things that will keep you busy and calm in these uncertain times.
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This is an article about portfolio company, Plinqit.
A savings app and financial literacy business are among the five startups participating in the 1871 and BMO Harris Bank accelerator this summer, which for the first time is completely dedicated to women-founded fintech startups.
The companies, selected June 15, are all creating products for the financial industry that aim to simplify money management, investing, and banking.
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CANTON, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fusion Coolant Systems (“Fusion”) announced today the formation of a strategic partnership with Air Liquide, initially targeted in the South West European Region (France, Italy, Spain, Portugal). The partnership is focused on increasing sustainability, productivity, and employee health & safety for manufacturers engaged in CNC machining, by pairing two industry leading and forward-thinking companies.
Fusion is the inventor and exclusive source of a highly successful and proprietary technology called Pure-Cut®, which utilizes supercritical CO2 as a replacement for traditional mineral oil coolant and lubrication systems in CNC machining. Air Liquide, with newly secured sourcing solutions
CANTON, MICH. (BUSINESSWIRE) JUNE 23, 2020
Fusion Coolant Systems (“Fusion”) announced today the formation of a strategic partnership with Air Liquide, initially targeted in the South West European Region (France, Italy, Spain, Portugal). The partnership is focused on increasing sustainability, productivity, and employee health & safety for manufacturers engaged in CNC machining, by pairing two industry-leading and forward-thinking companies.
Fusion is the inventor and exclusive source of a highly successful and proprietary technology called Pure-Cut®, which utilizes supercritical CO2 as a replacement for traditional mineral oil coolant and lubrication systems in CNC machining. Air Liquide, with newly secured sourcing solutions in Europe of
This is an article about portfolio company, Levitas Bio.
NEW YORK – Levitas Bio, a Stanford University spinout, is preparing the launch of a technology that sounds nearly imaginary: magnetic levitation-based cell separation.
"Unlike anything else out there, when it comes to separating particles, we don't attach or bind anything to the cells," said CEO Martin Pieprzyk. "No dyes, no antibodies. It's touch free." The workflow requires only three steps and can be done in 20 minutes, he added.
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This is an article about portfolio company, SkySpecs.
Dutch company Certion and drone service provider SkySpecs have completed blade inspection works at Eneco’s Prinses Amalia Windpark and Eneco Luchterduinen in the Netherlands.
In total, 70 wind turbines were inspected in five days at Prinses Amalia Windpark and Eneco Luchterduinen offshore wind farm.
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DETROIT: TCF Bank today announced it has teamed with Detroit fintech company Autobooks to provide an integrated banking experience to its small business customers.
Small business customers of Chemical Bank, a division of TCF National Bank, can enroll in Autobooks at www.ChemicalBank.com/autobooks and within a few moments begin accepting online payments via ACH and Credit Card — with funds deposited directly into their Chemical Bank checking account. In order to help customers in this time of caution and uncertainty — Chemical Bank is waiving the monthly software fee for the first 90 days.
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DETROIT: Autobooks, a small business payment and accounting platform built on Microsoft Azure, today announced the launch of a new initiative to encourage small businesses to Get Paid with Autobooks.
This initiative will enable small businesses and nonprofits to enroll directly with Autobooks to receive card and ACH payments online and have those payments deposited directly into their existing account at their financial institution. Additionally, Autobooks is waiving monthly fees for customers using Get Paid through 2020 in light of the unique financial strain COVID-19 has placed on small businesses.
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DENVER (PRWEB) JUNE 18, 2020
Angel investors are actively investing in startups, despite growing uncertainty in public markets. Many angel investors (individuals with either income exceeding $200,000 per year or with a net worth of $1 million or more) have taken some of their money out of the markets in anticipation of coming declines in stock prices. In many cases investors are using Self-Directed IRAs or 401Ks that allow them to invest a portion of their retirement funds in promising startups.
“This is a great time to be investing in startups” says Peter Adams, Executive Director of the Rockies Venture Club (RVC), the longest running angel investing group in the U.S. “Historically, angel investors and venture capital funds that invest in economic d
CANTON, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the American Chemical Society (ACS), has selected Fusion Coolant Systems and its founder, Dr. Steve Skerlos to receive the 2020 Green Chemistry Challenge Award. The award cites the ability of Pure-Cut® technology to reduce the environmental, health, and safety impacts of machining operations on a global basis.
In the 23-year history of the Green Chemistry Challenge, the US EPA has presented only five awards per year out of nearly 2,000 nominations. Fusion Coolant Systems (“Fusion”) will be recognized as one of this year’s winners at a virtual event June 16th and in person at the National Academy of Sciences
ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Akadeum Life Sciences, Inc., creators of a next generation floatation-based isolation platform, and NanoCellect Biomedical, Inc., a leader in the development and manufacturing of innovative and simple solutions for cell sorting, today jointly announced a new collaboration to improve rare-cell workflows. From single cell genomics to antibody discovery, researchers increasingly require more efficient, rapid, and gentle workflows to advance cellular research applications. Use of the two gentle and high purity processes of floatation-based cell isolation ahead of sing
ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--First Bank announced today that it has partnered with HT Mobile Apps (HTMA) to offer Kids Cash, a free mobile application designed to educa
This is an article about portfolio company, Shoptelligence.
It’s no secret the novel coronavirus pandemic has changed how we shop, but at first there was only anecdotal evidence of that. In the Home Furnishings Association’s live COVID-19 Webinar June 4, Shoptelligence CEO Laura Khoury offered real data to to show just how dramatic that change is in the retail furniture industry.
According to a white paper released by retail software company Shoptelligence exclusively for the HFA webinar, there’s been a 200 percent increase in online browsing for furniture since the pandemic started. And most of those shoppers aren’t just browsing. “Our research is showing that up to 90 percent of those browsi
This is an article about portfolio company, Tetra Therapeutics
GRAND RAPIDS — Tetra Therapeutics Inc.’s sale to a Japanese pharmaceutical company provides a final pathway toward bringing to market potential new drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease and a form of autism, as well as generates a handsome return for financial backers.
Investors in a $7.2 million Series A capital round Tetra raised in 2016 got a return of five times their original investment, founder and CEO Mark Gurney said. Participants in an earlier July 2013 debt offering got an ROI that’s close to 13 times their investment, he said.
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Retail software company Shoptelligence has welcomed three new members to its team including Frank DeFalco as business development director as well as Julie Kennedy and Doug Collier as new members on its board of advisors.
“We are delighted to extend the Shoptelligence team with such talent and industry expertise”, said Laura Khoury, Shoptelligence CEO.
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This is an article about portfolio company, Ankervall Technologies.
As the economic uncertainty from the coronavirus pandemic lingers, founders of Southeast Michigan startup companies are, like everyone else, wondering what's next.
Late May data from research firm Global Data shows that venture capital funding, the lifeblood of most any growing startup, has slowed down significantly in recent weeks, dropping 5.5 percent in March from the previous month. Higher-value deals of $10 million and above have taken the biggest hit, according to the report.
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Grand Rapids biopharmaceutical company Tetra Therapeutics Inc. announced this week that it has a definitive agreement to sell to a Japanese firm in a deal that could reach $500 million, according to a statement.
Tetra Therapeutics, which develops drugs for people suffering from Fragile X syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injury, and other brain disorders, has finalized a 2018 agreement with the Japanese company.
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Ask any mom across the country and she’ll quickly tell you two top trends: houseplants and science experiments for kids. One of our favorite plant delivery services just announced special edition Grow-How Kits for kids (and their grown-ups) and we’re loving everything about them.
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ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 12, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Genomenon announced a partnership with enGenome, which includes integration of the Mastermind
Detroit-based TCF Bank has partnered with Autobooks, a Detroit fintech company. Starting today, small-business customers of Chemical Bank, a division of TCF National Bank, can enroll in Autobooks and begin accepting online payments via automated clearing house and credit cards, with funds deposited directly into their accounts.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chemical Bank is waiving the monthly software fee for the first 90 days. TCF Bank expects to make Autobooks available to all customers in the near future.
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This is an article about portfolio company, Akadeum.
Finding and supporting local entrepreneurial talent was always a big part of the plan at Kern Venture Group. It just took a while.
The group's early investments went to startups based outside the area. But KVG kept its eye on two local grads, one innovating in science and the other in the film industry.
Each entrepreneur achieved huge milestones in time, raising money and landing key deals — enough that the club recently moved forward with significant investments in both companies.
Neither startup is based locally: Film-casting digital platform Castifi Inc. is headquartered in Culver City and Akadeum Life Sciences Inc., a developer of fluid separation technology, is in Ann Arbor, Mich. But each was de
This is an article about portfolio company, Deliv.
Target, which already owns on-demand delivery service Shipt, is in the process of acquiring technology assets from same-day delivery service Deliv. The retailer is characterizing the deal as more of an R&D type of acquisition and not one that will have an immediate consumer-facing impact. Deal terms were not disclosed, but we understand the deal price is nowhere near Shipt’s $550 million ballpark, as it’s not an outright acquisition of Deliv’s business.
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If you're searching for the perfect Mother's Day gift, you can never go wrong with flowers. Whether you'll be celebrating with your mom at home or want to send a gift from far away, there are plenty of ways to have a beautiful floral arrangement delivered right to her doorstep.
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Since I'm indoors all day, I'm looking for new ways to make my home the most enjoyable place to be. One easy addition? Houseplants. Not only are they beautiful to look at, they can also clean your indoor air by absorbing toxins and producing oxygen. Plants hav
Ripple Science today announced new initiatives to help clinical researchers continue their work through COVID-19. Many clinical trial teams are working remotely and have paused patient visits, forcing teams to do more of their work online. Ripple Science wants to help researchers continue their research during this uncertain time by giving research teams free access to Ripple for their first study. For those working on COVID-19 trials directly, the company is providing six months of access to Ripple free of charge.
Ripple is a web-based platform designed for clinical research teams who want a secure and streamlined way
The clock is ticking and Mother's Day is less than a week away. Don't freak out—from seasonal peonies to air-purifying snake plants, there’s still time to make your mom feel special. Shop our roundup of the 21 best websites for flower and plant delivery services, most of which will ship by May 10th.
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To help small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) receive payment online, SMB payment and accounting platform Autobooks unveiled the rollout of a new initiative, according to a press release.
The effort, called Get Paid with Autobooks, will help SMBs and nonprofits enroll directly with the company to take in card and automated clearing house (ACH) payment
With Mother’s Day coming up faster than you can spell “chrysanthemum,” you might be looking for something to surprise your mom or another special woman in your life.
This Mother’s Day — it’s on May 10, if you need a reminder — will probably be different from ones of years past, and you might be wondering how to get your gift to your mom if you can’t give it to her in person.
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