Author: Iris Gonzalez

Iris Gonzalez is a writer based in San Antonio, Texas, covering innovation in emerging tech, cybersecurity, and bioscience startup companies in San Antonio.
BioBridge Global To Scale Biomanufacturing at Merchants Ice Complex
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BioBridge Global To Scale Biomanufacturing at Merchants Ice Complex

The Texas Research and Technology Foundation (TRTF) revealed Tuesday that BioBridge Global (BBG) is the anchor tenant in its planned innovation hub. The first phase of the TRTF redevelopment includes $14.2 million for the BioBridge Global biomanufacturing facility and the new VelocityTX incubator and community building to be constructed as part of TRTF’s Merchants Ice complex redevelopment project on San Antonio’s Eastside. Read more: VelocityTX Innovation Hub Receives City of San Antonio Incentives for Development The facilities for GenCure, a subsidiary of BioBridge Global, will include an initial 6,000 square feet of clean-room production space, expandable to 14,000 square feet, and an initial 2,500-square-foot development lab, along with office and meeting space. The new biomanuf...
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of February 18, 2019
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of February 18, 2019

Interested in San Antonio startup events? Here are some entrepreneurial events this week in San Antonio of interest to innovators working in tech, science, and engineering, thanks to the San Antonio Business Calendar. SABusinessCalendar.com co-founders Matthew Espinoza and Michael Espinoza provide a vital resource for San Antonio’s business community listing by compiling upcoming business events in San Antonio. The SA Business Calendar lists over 150 business events every week from different industry sectors. If you are interested in their full list of business events, sign up for the SA Business Calendar weekly events newsletter at www.sabusinesscalendar.com. Infinite Robots Monthly Meetup Presented by Infinite Robots Webdev Meetup Come discuss web development, gaming, and anime....
San Antonio Startups to Watch in 2019
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San Antonio Startups to Watch in 2019

In this inaugural compilation of companies to watch, we’ve highlighted 20 stories from Startups San Antonio’s first year of coverage to show the types of innovation one can find in San Antonio, Texas. You will discover entrepreneurs in bioscience and healthcare, cybersecurity, software as a service or SaaS, augmented and virtual reality, robotics, artificial intelligence, and startups working at the intersection of tech and social impact. These stories highlight groundbreaking approaches, powerful collaborations, and intriguing ideas that will shape the city’s startup ecosystem throughout 2019 and beyond. If you are interested in San Antonio’s community of innovators and want to know which companies to watch, you can start with our list below. These 20 companies are leveraging inn...
UTSA Startup Grind Chapter Launches with Lorenzo Gomez as Guest Speaker
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UTSA Startup Grind Chapter Launches with Lorenzo Gomez as Guest Speaker

There is a new Startup Grind chapter in San Antonio, only this time, it is launching on campus at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Startup Grind UTSA will host its first event on February 20 at 7 p.m. at the university's College of Business. The chapter is planning a fireside chat with guest speaker Lorenzo Gomez, author, chief executive officer of newly formed Geekdom Media, and chairman of Geekdom, one of the largest co-working spaces in Texas. Gomez will discuss how "everyone needs a Jedi council—come learn how to find yours." You can register for the event here. Delano Covarrubias is a student in the College of Business, leads the UTSA Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO), and directs the UTSA Startup Grind chapter. He and fellow UTSA student Jacob Reyes ...
VelocityTX Innovation Hub Receives City of San Antonio Incentives for Development
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VelocityTX Innovation Hub Receives City of San Antonio Incentives for Development

The San Antonio City Council approved a package of economic development incentives Thursday for the ambitious Texas Research and Technology Foundation (TRTF) project on San Antonio's Eastside. Robert McDermott founded TRTF in 1982 as an economic development nonprofit with an endowment fund for investing in early-stage companies. The $5.7 million incentive package is earmarked for the renovation of the empty complex of Merchants Ice and Cold Storage Company buildings on the 1300 block of East Houston Street, as well as for the construction of TRTF's new Velocity Center within the complex. The Velocity Center will house the new VelocityTX biomedical sciences innovation center.  The approved package included a $750,000 Chapter 380 agreement or economic development grant with the rest st...
The IMG Studio Shapes Visitor Experiences at Convention Center with AR-Enabled Platform
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The IMG Studio Shapes Visitor Experiences at Convention Center with AR-Enabled Platform

The ability to connect people to their environment is unfolding in new, innovative ways as mobile phones become the most commonly used device capable of augmented reality (AR) content. The Pokémon Go craze of 2016 exposed people to location-based mobile games with 3D fictional characters projected as an overlay on their environment using nothing more than the camera on their cellphones. That AR capability has now reached large-scale meetings, particularly ones held at convention centers. The IMG Studio is working with hospitality specialists The RK Group to develop a new application for the Henry. B. González Convention Center. This new technology can “set San Antonio part from other destinations by allowing meeting attendees to set their schedules, network with fellow attendees, and na...
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of February 11, 2019
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of February 11, 2019

Interested in San Antonio startup events? Here are some entrepreneurial events this week in San Antonio of interest to innovators working in tech, science, and engineering, thanks to the San Antonio Business Calendar. SABusinessCalendar.com co-founders Matthew Espinoza and Michael Espinoza provide a vital resource for San Antonio’s business community listing by compiling upcoming business events in San Antonio. The SA Business Calendar lists over 150 business events every week from different industry sectors. If you are interested in their full list of business events, sign up for the SA Business Calendar weekly events newsletter at www.sabusinesscalendar.com. Geekdom's Fireside Chat Featuring Lew Moorman, David Heard, Lorenzo Gomez III, and Hosted by Dax Moreno Presented by Geekdom ...
Innovative Cybersecurity Services for National Security Drive Inflow’s Growth
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Innovative Cybersecurity Services for National Security Drive Inflow’s Growth

Classified project work often means cybersecurity companies in San Antonio keep a low profile. For one startup, providing innovative services to help solve emerging national security issues landed Inflow in third place on the San Antonio Business Journal’s list of fastest-growing companies for 2018. Inflow grew its revenue by 686 percent from 2015 to 2017 to a reported $3.2 million by supporting “three-letter agencies doing work classified Top Secret and above,” said Angel Crockett, chief executive officer of Inflow. Crockett founded the cybersecurity company to provide specialized expertise and services to the U.S. government. They have over 50 employees working at multiple locations worldwide on everything from cyber and intelligence to identity intelligence and specialized training. ...
BioAffinity Lung Cancer Diagnostic Test Gets Closer to Market with Canadian Patent
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BioAffinity Lung Cancer Diagnostic Test Gets Closer to Market with Canadian Patent

The San Antonio-based privately held biotech company bioAffinity Technologies announced Monday the Canadian Intellectual Property Office had awarded a patent for its proprietary CyPath© technology used in the early detection of cancer. The patent, titled “System and Method for Analyzing Samples Labeled with 5, 10, 15, 20 Tetrakis (4-Carboxyphenyl) Porphine (TCPP),” is bioAffinity’s third Canadian patent. bioAffinity’s intellectual property (IP) portfolio now consists of 51 awarded patents in 21 countries, with three additional patent applications filed in the U.S. The test is bioAffinity’s solution for the unusually high rate of false positives from computed tomography or CT scans used in early testing of suspected lung cancer. CyPath® Lung’s test uses flow cytometry and proprietary ...
UT Health SA Clinician-Entrepreneur Invents Next-Generation Airway Device
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UT Health SA Clinician-Entrepreneur Invents Next-Generation Airway Device

However easy it might look in movies or television shows, intubating or inserting a breathing tube into an unconscious person can be quite difficult, especially under stressful emergency conditions. When a patient is not breathing, every second counts until that person can receive oxygen again. San Antonio-based anesthesiologist and critical care physician Steven Venticinque, M.D., knows well the challenges in intubating patients both in the operating room and beyond. During his career in the U.S. Air Force, Venticinque led critical care air transport teams flying in Iraq and Afghanistan. Venticinque has been at UT Health San Antonio since 2007 and is a professor and interim chair of the anesthesiology department at the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine. He now car...