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Talking about tech geared toward seniors on Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talked about some of technologies emerging geared toward seniors, from a social network for the over-50 set to assistive ambient technologies such as the ones spotlighted in our story about IBM Research...

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IBM Austin lab looking for solutions to a growing aging epidemic

MERA is four feet tall and has big, searching eyes and large ears. MERA’s not a medical professional but can measure your heartbeat just by looking at you.  “Hi!” MERA chirps happily when you offer a greeting. “I am a health agent and I can also be...

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Austin’s Health Symmetric aims to help health care providers analyze patient data

Danny Chu was looking for something to do.  He had sold his internet video company in 2008 and was scouring around for ideas of what his next venture might be.  Chu’s brother, who ran a large medical group in Southern California, asked Chu to look...

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CEO of Austin’s Iris Telehealth’s says he’s balancing careful clinical care with startup growth

Here is something you don’t often hear from the CEO of a startup: “I don’t know what I’m doing.”  It’s refreshingly honest, but it only tells part of the story of Tarik Shaheen’s company Iris Telehealth, which relocated to Austin late last year. ...

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Austin’s Snap Kitchen looks to stay ‘craveable’ as it pushes meal business into new digital realms 

David Kirchhoff, chief executive officer of Austin’s Snap Kitchen, has a voice that booms confidently when he talks about the company he’s been leading since 2015.  The company’s meals, he says, are “legitimately craveable” and “weirdly good for you...

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Austin’s Embark bites into an adorable marketing opportunity: this year’s Puppy Bowl

An Austin tech startup has figured out a way to get lots of attention on TV on Super Bowl Sunday without spending a dime on advertising. Oh, and it involves the universally adored topic of puppies.  Embark, which provides saliva-based DNA testing...

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Austin medical device company Luminex announces layoffs

Austin-based medical device company Luminex said Monday it has laid off more than 50 employees as part of a restructuring plan related to its acquisition of Nanosphere last year.  Company spokeswoman Christine Valle said the reorganization is “companywide”...

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How Austin's XBiotech aims to revolutionize drug discovery

This could be the year for XBiotech. Or not. The Austin-based drugmaker is poised to learn as soon as next month whether European regulatory officials will allow its lead cancer drug to be sold commercially. XBiotech says its mission is to revolutionize...

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Austin's StudioSIX5 introduces digital memory boxes to help with Alzheimer's treatment

The idea came when Dean Maddalena and his team noticed that something was missing. Something that made him sad. Maddalena is president of StudioSIX5, an Austin design that specializes in interior architecture and design for senior living communities...

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Austin's Mirna Therapeutics' stock plummets more than 20 percent

Mirna Therapeutics, an Austin-based drug development company, said last night that it had to abruptly close its Phase 1 study for its lead cancer drug because of "severe adverse events" associated with patients who were given the drug.  "The company...

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