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  • ASU Partners with Online Therapy Service TAO Connect to Bring Better Resources to Students
    In an effort to bring students better access to therapy and mental health support, ASU is working with TAO Connect to bring a digital therapy program to campus. TAO, which stands for Therapy Assistance Online, provides online modules, exercises, journals and HIPAA compliant video conferences. The program also has an app that allows students to access the materials from their phones, as well as a notification system that includes “individualized reminders, suggestions, and encouragers,” according to TAO Connect’s website.... Read more »
  • Structured Monitoring Products Awarded $25K from Innovation Fund Northeast Ohio (Innovation Fund America)
    Innovation Fund Northeast Ohio, a pre-seed fund for technology-based startups, has awarded UF startup Structured Monitoring Products $25,000 to help the company bring their technologies closer to market, preparing them to raise more funding, launch new products and create jobs. Structured Monitoring Products is developing the first true non-contact vital signs monitor for humans and animals. The startup is helping veterinarians save time and money by monitoring the vital signs of pets in the minimally regulated animal diagnostic industry. The VetGuardian Vital Signs Monitor measures pulse and respiration rate with no contact of the animal.... Read more »
  • ViewRay Wins Japanese Approval for MRIdian Linac System (MassDevice)
    UF startup ViewRay said it won Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Shonin approval for its MRIdian Linac linear accelerator system. The newly cleared MRIdian Linac device replaces the cobalt it utilized with linear accelerator technology, the Cleveland, Ohio-based company said. The company won FDA approval for the device last February. ViewRay touted the MRIdian as the first and only MRI-guided radiation therapy system to receive Japanese Shonin approval. The company is represented by Itochu corporation in Japan, which it claims is one of the three largest general trading companies in the country.... Read more »
  • First-Ever Blood Test for Detecting Brain Injury Cleared by FDA (U.S. Air Force)
    You’re throwing a football around in the yard with your neighbors. While stretching out as far as you can to catch the pass, you slam your head hard against a pole going for the ball. Seeing stars and feeling confused, you take a seat. Wouldn’t it be nice if a test could say whether you have a brain injury? Brain injuries can happen from a fall, while in combat or during training exercises. Thanks in part to research funded by the Defense Department and the Army, UF startup Banyan Biomarkers has created the first-ever brain trauma blood test. On Feb. 14, the Food and Drug Administration cleared marketing of the Banyan Biomarkers’ Brain Trauma Indicator... Read more »
  • OxThera AB’s Ushers First Patient with Primary Hyperoxaluria into Phase 3 Trial (Rare Disease Report)
    Last week, the first patient with primary hyperoxaluria (PH) was randomized into UF startup OxThera AB’s Phase 3 trial of OC5 (Oxabact). Study OC5-DB-02 (EPHEX) is a randomized, placebo-controlled, 52-week study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of OC5 in patients with PH. PH is a rare genetic disorder in which patients produce an excess of oxalate, which leads to eventual kidney deterioration. It is the belief of the company that the oral drug can slow disease progression, preserving kidney function.... Read more »

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