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GaitIQ Spots Early Signs of Alzheimer’s in Your Walk
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GaitIQ Spots Early Signs of Alzheimer’s in Your Walk

Can technology help predict your risk for Alzheimer’s disease years or decades before symptoms of dementia appear? One San Antonio team is working to do just that using deep learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze a video taken in your doctor’s office. Rick Morris is the San Antonio-based entrepreneur who founded GaitIQ, an early-stage digital health Software as a Service (SaaS) company in 2017. The GaitIQ cloud-based platform will give healthcare providers an affordable, easy-to-use application to measure a patient’s gait. The technology leverages machine vision, AI, and big data analytics to evaluate subtle changes in the way a person walks that have been linked to the risk for dementia. Changes in gait are important early warning sign of cognitive decline and emerge a...
Dearduck Makes it Easier to Buy for Others
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Dearduck Makes it Easier to Buy for Others

The entrepreneur who pioneered “buying for others” marketing is helping retailers by using her knowledge of deep machine learning and psychology. Dearduck founder Katy Aucoin has created a software as a service (SaaS) recommendation platform that businesses can use to help their customers make informed purchases.  She calls this customized marketing approach BFO or buying for others which makes up 30 percent of all retail sales, according to the National Retail Federation. That 30 percent can distort the profile of a retail customer, Aucoin explained. Businesses pay money to collect data on a customer’s personal preferences, but it may reflect a customer’s needs to buy for someone else. “The way it works now we get ads generated on our past internet searches without any understan...
San Antonio 311SA App Wins Smart 50 Award for Cityflag
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San Antonio 311SA App Wins Smart 50 Award for Cityflag

The new year has brought exciting news to San Antonio and local technology startup Cityflag. The City of San Antonio’s 311SA interactive civic engagement application received the Smart 50 Award as one of the world’s top 50 most transformative smart projects for 2019.  The Smart 50 Awards, in partnership with Smart Cities Connect, the Smart Cities Connect Foundation, and US Ignite, annually recognize global smart cities projects, honoring the most innovative and influential work. San Antonio is the only city on the list of 50 awardees with two projects that were recognized with a Smart 50 Award. Leaptran won the award for their San Antonio Technology Center (SATC) building energy monitoring and control for a cost-effective building heating ventilation and cooling system. In August...
SA Chamber’s Will Garrett to Join Port San Antonio as New Cybersecurity Development VP
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SA Chamber’s Will Garrett to Join Port San Antonio as New Cybersecurity Development VP

Port San Antonio has scored a strategic hire to catapult its cybersecurity business development. Will Garrett joins the Port Tuesday as its new vice president and director of cybersecurity development.  Garrett comes to the Port from the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce where he was the executive director of the Chamber's Cybersecurity San Antonio for almost four years. His portfolio at the Chamber focused on the growth and development of the local cybersecurity industry and advocacy for legislative issues impacting the sector. The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has promoted deputy Amanda Keammerer to acting director of Cybersecurity San Antonio. Previously, Garrett led the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Department where he managed federal and state advocacy e...
The Health Cell State of the Industry Highlights Bioscience and Healthcare Innovation
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The Health Cell State of the Industry Highlights Bioscience and Healthcare Innovation

If you want to know about the cutting edge of bioscience and healthcare in San Antonio, mark your calendar for the evening of January 30. That night the annual State of the Industry will feature speakers sharing five compelling San Antonio healthcare and bioscience stories. The Health Cell is the San Antonio-based nonprofit organization focused on professional development and collaboration within San Antonio's healthcare and bioscience fields. It hosts the annual event to shine a light on the breadth and depth of innovation pursued by some of the city's game-changing researchers, entrepreneurs, and organizations. “This is a great representation of the advancements being made across San Antonio’s healthcare and bioscience sectors,” said Pratap Khanwilkar, The Health Cell president and...
Chargify Grows As SaaS Companies Need More Flexible Billing
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Chargify Grows As SaaS Companies Need More Flexible Billing

Consumers like fixed pricing and an easy payment process when it’s time to spend money on recurring purchases. That explains why the subscription model of billing for services has exploded over the past decade. Starting in the business-to-business (B2B) software to consumer services, subscription billing has become the business model for products and services from shaving supplies to online streaming video and more. Benefits for companies using the subscription billing model include better customer retention, higher lifetime value from customers, and more predictable revenues. Customized subscription billing can get complicated pretty quickly, however. Get it wrong, and a bad customer experience could mean lost clients and revenue. That’s where Chargify comes in as a leader in the su...
Trinity University Students Launch Smart Pill Bottle for Clinical Trials—PATCH
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Trinity University Students Launch Smart Pill Bottle for Clinical Trials—PATCH

Conducting clinical drug trials data can be challenging and gets expensive when it comes to collecting enough verified data on patients taking medicine correctly. Two Trinity University students are launching a smart pill bottle that could revolutionize clinical trials and possibly help prevent drug abuse of potentially addicting pain medication. PATCH, or Pill Administering Technology for Compliant Healthcare, is an internet-connected pill bottle that gives clinical trial researchers the ability to track a patient remotely. Two student co-founders submitted the PATCH concept to Trinity University’s annual Louis H. Stumberg Venture Competition, a two-part pitch competition hosted each spring and the fall. PATCH’s Andrew Aertker ’19 is majoring in computer science while Gavin Buchanan, ’...
Tailored for Smaller Businesses, CyberFortress Delivers New Kind of Cyber Insurance
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Tailored for Smaller Businesses, CyberFortress Delivers New Kind of Cyber Insurance

Most insurance providers tend to tailor their cyber insurance policies for large-scale enterprises. Business owners usually must pay large annual premiums upfront for oftentimes confusing coverage options that lack historical data to quantify cybersecurity risks. Most policies do not cover cyber-instigated business interruption which can lead to significant losses in online revenue. If the company files a claim, the investigation can take many months during which the owner must survive financially before receiving a payout on an insurance policy. Lacking the robust reserves of larger companies, small- or medium-sized business owners may face bankruptcy in the aftermath of a cyber event. “Applying analog methods to quantify digital risk just doesn’t work—actuary tables for cyber risk...
BioMed SA Unveils Strategic Plan for Bioscience and Healthcare Sectors
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BioMed SA Unveils Strategic Plan for Bioscience and Healthcare Sectors

BioMed SA unveiled its detailed action plan to identify, develop and recommend specific opportunities for growing San Antonio’s biomedical sector. Highlights from the industry action plan were presented to healthcare and bioscience local stakeholders at the organization’s annual membership meeting Tuesday morning. BioMed SA is a nonprofit organization established in 2005 to raise the visibility of San Antonio's biomedical and healthcare sectors.  During the last decade, the organization's mission has evolved to include economic development, BioMed SA president Ann Stevens said. The industry action plan is part of the City of San Antonio’s overall strategic plan for economic development called Forefront SA. Working in concert with consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, BioMed SA’s ...
VelocityTX International Accelerator Brings Innovations to San Antonio
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VelocityTX International Accelerator Brings Innovations to San Antonio

Startups San Antonio continues its series on startup programs based in San Antonio, Texas. You can read previous articles on Geekdom’s pre-accelerator program, the CivTechSA program for startups, RealCo’s long-term accelerator program, and EPIcenter's clean energy innovation programs. Six Latin American startups have settled in San Antonio after completing a three-month-long VelocityTX accelerator program. The innovation hub on San Antonio’s East Side created its Global Accelerator Program (GAP) to give international companies a pathway to fast track their growth in the U.S. The six teams graduated from the first cohort Wednesday and all plan to grow their companies for the U.S. market. VelocityTX partnered with three entrepreneurial organizations—OBr of Brazil, Austral Incuba of Chi...