Graham Taylor, co-founder of T&T Scientific, created LipX, a time-saving, single use extrusion device that researchers can use to prepare liposomes for use in a wide range of research applications. Unlike the gold standard device which requires 45-60 minutes to assemble and clean with each use, LipX is ready to use out of the package and does not require the use of harsh chemicals for cleaning. As a result, the extrusion process time is reduced to only a couple of minutes, and the risks of batch to batch contamination are completely eliminated. With researchers performing this process over a million times each year, LipX has potential to make a big impact in the industry.
Dimitriy Petrov, is the founder of RushBrush, LLC, a company that creates innovative personal hygiene products. Its latest innovation is the RushBrush, a hybridized toothbrush that makes oral health on the go both more effective and convenient. Unlike ordinary toothbrushes, the RushBrush’s nylon bristles are coated with dehydrated toothpaste and the brush can be used right out of the package, no water required. The brush also has a built-in flosser that makes flossing as easy as a flick of the wrist. Its compact design makes it easy to carry and eliminates the need to pack a separate toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss when traveling. RushBrush is produced using biodegradable materials, making it an environmentally-friendly option for consumers.
Eva Muntunga is co-founder of TechSmarrt, a company that has developed data analysis software for materials research. TechSmarrt’s software streamlines the process of material discovery and has shown gains in computational efficiency by over 100,000 times compared to a supercomputer. This allows users to obtain data on a material and its properties within seconds, saving time and reducing the amount of energy consumed during the process. The software’s ability to run on a laptop makes it accessible to more people and expands the potential for materials research and application. TechSmarrt has successfully used its software to decipher the structure of lignin in seconds, paving the way for using this renewable material in clean energy applications.
Daniel Lawhon, founder of AirFlare, has partnered with NASA to use their metabolic analysis technology to develop a fitness tracker that can personalize a person’s workouts, diet, and fitness plans based on their metabolism. With this technology, a person can determine whether he or she is burning fat or carbohydrates when working out; at what pace he or she should be exercising at for maximum athletic performance or weight loss; and whether more recovery time is needed. AirFlare’s technology provides a high level of accuracy while remaining both portable and affordable for consumers.
John (Jay) Crawford, MD is the founder of Hot Transfer Network, an online, HIPAA-secure marketplace that allows regional networks of credentialed doctors to actively facilitate hospital-to-hospital transfers. An orthopedic surgeon, Crawford is familiar with the problems that can arise when a hospital needs to transfer a patient to a different facility to receive treatment. It is not uncommon for patients to wait hours or even days before a doctor accepts their transfer. With Hot Transfer Network, subscribing hospitals upload a transfer request to the marketplace, which then sends a notification to doctors in the region about a patient and his or her needs. A doctor with the right expertise and skill set can claim the patient and facilitate his or her transfer to the appropriate facility for treatment. Using this system, hospitals can save time and money, reduce conflict, and improve patient outcomes through faster treatment.
Alicia Caputo is co-founder of Avrio Analytics, a company that provides predictive analytic solutions to help customers better leverage their data. Avrio Analytics aims to level the playing field of predictive analytics, giving mid-size companies the tools they need to be competitive in the marketplace. Their innovative, cost-effective software uses the latest in machine learning to deliver more accurate predictions for clients. Avrio Analytics’ business solutions not only allow customers to use the data they collect more efficiently to meet their business needs, but saves them time to focus on other aspects of growing their business.