Health Tech

Austin's Blue Goji adding VR to its fitness games

Blue Goji, an Austin company that's been working on marrying unused workout equipment in the home with apps that promote fitness, is now stepping up to virtual reality. The company says it's developing about five games, to be available by the end...

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Austin startup that links patients with clinical trials scores new funding

Tom Dorsett got the idea for ePatientFinder after looking into clinical trials for his daughter, who was born with a large port-wine stain birthmark. Their medical specialist didn't know of any,  so Dorsett began searching online and found that over...

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Should LDR's Austin employees be worried? Zimmer has a history of buying Austin companies and shutting them down

When news broke Tuesday that Zimmer Biomet was spending $1 billion to buy local medical device company LDR Holdings, it's understandable if some employees were wary about holding on to their jobs.  That's because Zimmer Biomet has previously purchased...

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Zimmer Biomet offers to buy Austin-based LDR for $1 billion

 Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. has agreed to buy Austin-based LDR Holding Corp. in a deal valued at $1 billion.  LDR Holding develops surgical technologies for patients suffering from spine disorders. They employ 200 people in Austin and over 550 people...

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Texas A&M biosecurity center working on new anthrax vaccine

Back in 2012, the federal government picked Texas A&M University as home to a new biosecurity center — one of three U.S. sites expected to play a key role in developing and manufacturing drugs to fight bioterrorist threats, pandemic influenza...

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Open Source

Austin-based Luminex completes $77 million deal to buy Nanosphere

UPDATED on June 30: It's official: Luminex Corp. bought Nanosphere for $77 million.  The Austin medical diagnostics company said Thursday it has completed its purchase of Nanosphere. Illinois-based Nanospehre makes  diagnostic tools that allow for...

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Austin startups join the A-List

The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce has unveiled its annual A-List, which spotlights a dozen local startup companies that the chamber says have breakout potential. This year, nearly 200 companies were nominated, and the winners were announced Thursday...

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Open Source

How does pet cloning work, exactly?

We recently documented how the owner of a local animal cloning company is being attacked by short-sellers.  Located in Cedar Park, a suburb of Austin, ViaGen clones animals mainly for breeders, such as cattle or horses. But last year they decided...

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What a short-seller's attack means for Central Texas animal cloning company ViaGen

Three weeks ago I was set to interview the president of Austin-based pet cloning company ViaGen, which is based in Cedar Park, when I got an email abruptly canceling the interview.  The PR contact told me that ViaGen's parent company, Intrexon, had...

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Austin-based Luminex sees revenue, profit rise in 1st quarter

LUMINEX WHAT THEY DO: Luminex develops biological testing systems. Their testing systems allow a tiny sample of blood to be tested for dozens of biological markers. It can be used for gene-based research and diagnostics.  The company was founded in...

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