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BIOLOGICAL DYNAMICS

Biological Dynamics Inc. is an early stage company that has developed a proprietary AC Electrokinetic technology to rapidly extract nanoparticles in high-conductance physiological solutions.

Biological Dynamics was founded in 2008 by Raj Krishnan and David Charlot, Bioengineering PHD graduates from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Their vision is to enable healthcare practitioners to detect, diagnose and monitor cancer and other diseases from a simple blood draw (or other bodily fluid) and rapidly intervene, increasing patient survivability while driving down the total burden costs. They have currently raised $36 Million from Venture Capitalists.

 
 

Lumedyne Technologies

Google has acquired Lumedyme Technologies, a company that has built multiple types of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors. Google paid around $85 million to do the deal, which ensures that Lumedyne’s employees will be able to keep working at the company’s San Diego office. 

In 2013 Chisum, the company’s chief executive, presented at a conference on automotive sensors in Detroit. Google has been working on a driverless car, which requires several types of sensors. Lumedyne’s technology may well come in handy for that project alone. But mobile devices could also use the Lumedyne sensors, especially when it comes to mapping applications.

 

 

Nasseo

Nasseo, Inc. ("Nasseo") is a medical device company that has developed a proprietary implant surface modification technology to create the next generation of dental and orthopedic implants. While current standard of care implants have been widely used throughout the world, they suffer from failures and can be improved to promote osseointegration, soft tissue integration, lower inflammation, and lower bacterial colonization. Nasseo's groundbreaking platform technology directly alters the natural oxide layer of the implant surface at the molecular level to create uniform and patterned structures that enhance implant performance and is not a coating. The Company’s Board of Advisors and Clinicians includes internationally renowned experts in the fields of biomaterials, oral surgery, dental implants, orthopedics, regulatory processes, sales, marketing, and business development. 

 

Interra Energy

The United States faces growing concerns over the effects of climate change and inability of existing waste processing technologies to optimally process organic waste resources. Interra has designed and constructed a patented solution that is deployable at sites throughout the country that will reduce the impact of climate change, via carbon sequestration in biochar and the production of low emission renewable biogas, in addition to efficiently processing organic waste resources into their highest value products.

Interra’s technology is a clean thermal biomass conversion system that converts biomass (e.g. landscape trimmings, timber residues, construction wood waste, and clean green waste) into high-methane biogas, readily convertible to renewable baseload electricity or biofuels, and into a high-value agricultural soil enhancer called biochar. Environmental and societal benefits aside, consider that comparing to traditional gasification systems of similar scale (four tons/hour), Interra’s system is approximately 1/3 the capital to build and has the potential to produce 3 to 24x the operational profit.

 

NanoME

Scientific researchers use outdated interfaces to visualize and model their data, wasting time and money. We all miss out on innovative breakthroughs. Nanome enables natural & intuitive visualization, modeling and simulation in one application. It allows agile research workflows, precision testing and peer-reviewable accuracy. It runs on standard hardware, is easy (and fun) to learn, and was developed in partnership with UC San Diego and Scripps Research Institute.

Nanome (previously NanoVR) will help advance any research that depends on the visualization and comprehension of complex interactions at atomic and molecular scale. Studies show that VR can increase in the speed of pattern-finding are important if they mean increase in the quality of pattern-recognition and understanding.