Health Tech

Is Austin on track to become a health tech hub?

When the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas opened its door to students in 2016, tech leaders and city officials had high hopes that it would be a boon to the health care sector of Austin’s economy. Now, industry leaders say, they are...

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Tainted blood-testing firm Theranos is no more

Happy Wednesday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading up on this morning. A bloody end for Theranos As the Wall Street Journal reports, Theranos, the embattled biotech Silicon Valley firm, is closing up shop. In an email to investors...

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With app and smart-device ecosystem, Austin’s Clairvoyant Networks wants to redefine eldercare

In July, Tammy Barkley got her 87-year-old mother a new watch. But the gift was meant to do more than keep time and look nice on her mother’s wrist; incorporating GPS and two-way communication via AT&T, it’s meant to help keep track of a victim...

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Amber is the color of your Swanwick blue-light-blocking glasses

The screens, it turns out, don’t want you to sleep. Computer monitors, mobile phone screens, 4K HDTVs, the screen at the gas pump blaring ads and infotainment at you while you fuel up, they are at the ready at all times.  They want your stare, to...

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After a rough month, Austin’s Pain Therapeutics lands $3.2 million grant

As it tries to rebound from a regulatory defeat earlier this month, Austin-based Pain Therapeutics got a shot of good news on Wednesday. The drug development company, which was founded in 1998, announced that the National Institutes of Health has...

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Dell Medical School launches data hub with goal of improving health care

The Dell Medical School at the University of Texas announced Tuesday the creation of a “Biomedical Data Science Hub” with the goal of analyzing data to improve health care.  Paul Rathouz, the hub’s founding director, will recruit faculty and staff...

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The Dell Medical School wanted health-tech collaboration; these U.K. firms answered the call    

Around early 2016, Ruben Rathnasingham and Paul Benton were at a reception in Austin hosted by international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright when the two bumped into each other. Rathnasingham, an assistant dean at the Dell Medical School at the University...

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Less-invasive prostate cancer treatment receives FDA clearance

Prostate cancer patients around the country will soon have a less-invasive, radiation-free treatment option.  French company EDAP TMS, which made Austin its U.S. headquarters two years ago, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance...

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Talking about summer tech and kids with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about getting kids outside this summer and away from an eight-hour-a-day Netflix binge. What are some ways to get kids up and off the couch with toys and apps that are more active than playing...

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Genprex, Austin startup developing anti-lung cancer treatments, raises millions in IPO

Genprex, a startup developing anti-cancer therapies, is Austin’s newest publicly traded company. The biotech company’s shares debuted Thursday at an initial public offering price of $5. Genprex offered 1.28 million common shares in the IPO, as well...

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