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Texas Biomed Plugs Holes in ‘Leaky Pipeline’ for Female Scientists
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Texas Biomed Plugs Holes in ‘Leaky Pipeline’ for Female Scientists

Why are women leaving science? More than half of life and biomedical sciences graduate students are women, yet the latest data from the National Academies reveal only 16 percent of women go on to become full professors in the life sciences, for example.Texas Biomedical Research Institute (Texas Biomed) recognized this leaky pipeline for female scientists and is working to attract and retain more women in biomedical research. Workforce diversity is a core value in Texas Biomed’s new ten-year strategic plan which goes into effect in September. Texas Biomed is launching efforts to nearly double its workforce and position it as one of the world's top scientific centers focused on infectious diseases, according to Texas Biomed assistant vice president of communications Lisa Cruz. Texas Biom...
Scaleworks Company Assembla Acquires MyGet
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Scaleworks Company Assembla Acquires MyGet

Companies of all sizes in every industry have come to rely upon open source code—even commercial software is built typically on blocks of it. While it saves software developers time, open source code can contain vulnerabilities or proprietary software code, posing potential cybersecurity or legal liabilities for a business.This trend is what drove source code management company Assembla to acquire MyGet for an undisclosed amount, announced in a company blog post Friday. Founded in 2006 and acquired in 2016 by Scaleworks, a San Antonio venture equity firm, Assembla is the world’s only provider of enterprise cloud version control for software code.Code repositories use version control to manage files and code updates. Assembla’s cloud-based platform tracks version control for softwar...
SwRI Shares Pharmaceutical Expertise with New Workshop Oct. 8
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SwRI Shares Pharmaceutical Expertise with New Workshop Oct. 8

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is hosting a one-day workshop on Oct. 8 to teach life science professionals strategies and tools needed for a more successful investigational new drug (IND) submission. This workshop, to be held at SwRI, is designed for beginner- to intermediate-level bioscience professionals involved in new drug development.The workshop will help showcase SwRI’s specialized capabilities such as its new clean room, high-potency laboratory space, and complimentary storage facility to the bioscience community. The institute’s 2017 annual report details recent infrastructure investments and educational outreach efforts such as this inaugural workshop that can help attract more drug development to SwRI as well as benefit local startups bringing drugs to market.The Sm...
Startups Share Experiences from Solving City Challenges in CivTechSA
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Startups Share Experiences from Solving City Challenges in CivTechSA

Startups San Antonio continues its series of articles on different San Antonio startup programs. The first was Startups Share Experiences from Geekdom's Pre-Accelerator Program. This second story features San Antonio's CivTechSA program, a residency for startups to work closely with municipal departments in search of innovative solutions.After 16 weeks of hard work, the first CivTechSA residency ended July 27 for two San Antonio startups. Kinetech Cloud and Reckon Point worked with the City of San Antonio's Department of Human Services and the San Antonio International Airport respectively, devising solutions to their municipal challenges. The City of San Antonio program launched the CivTechSA program in late 2017 partly because the City was trying to identify different ways to expand ...
Office Mail Automation Company Earth Class Mail Acquires Shoeboxed
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Office Mail Automation Company Earth Class Mail Acquires Shoeboxed

Digital mail management industry leader Earth Class Mail (ECM) announced Wednesday its acquisition for an undisclosed amount of Shoeboxed, a company that has been turning receipts and business cards into digital data since 2007.Earlier in August ECM announced the release of its new user interface, complete with added features and upgrades, including search features, the ability to share content via e-mail, custom tags, and integration with office software such as Quickbooks. The new features reflect the customer-driven focus of ECM chief executive officer Jess Garza, who has overseen the company’s revamping since December, as well as its director of product, Nicole Hairston, who joined in May. San Antonio venture equity firm Scaleworks acquired Earth Class Mail in 2016 to grow the soft...
Youth Code Jam Scales For Greater Coding Impact
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Youth Code Jam Scales For Greater Coding Impact

Inspiring young people to learn how to code can be a challenge, but that did not stop Debi Pfitzenmaier and many volunteers over the years from organizing fun, free family events to introduce children to computer coding. That effort became Youth Code Jam, a nonprofit organization Pfitzenmaier founded in 2016 to inspire students to do more than play on computers—they learn new skills like Java, Scratch, and how to program robots.At free events and paid camps, children aged 7 to 17 learn to “talk” to computers and get them to do what they want them to do. Youth Code Jam’s goals are twofold:  to teach each computational thinking as a problem-solving methodology and to inspire students to pursue computer science and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Pfitzenmaier ...
MR3Health Raises Capital for IoT Sensor, Remote Monitoring Launch
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MR3Health Raises Capital for IoT Sensor, Remote Monitoring Launch

San Antonio-based MR3 Health has developed an internet of things (IoT)-connected foot sensor for diabetic patients to monitor the health of their feet from the comfort of their home. The startup is raising capital in an early Series B round of funding to bring its patented, Food and Drug Administration-cleared TempTouch dermal thermometer foot sensor and accompanying home health monitoring service to market.Tech Tribune recently listed the medical technology startup as one of the 10 Best Startups of San Antonio. MR3 Health launched its innovative combination of healthcare service and internet-connected technology in 2015 after they recognized an important shift in healthcare. The medical device market is transforming from physicians using discrete medical technologies to more focus on ...
San Antonio Launches Cityflag 311 App
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San Antonio Launches Cityflag 311 App

San Antonio has launched 311SA, its new interactive civic engagement app developed by local startup Cityflag. The cellphone app enables residents to report municipal issues to the City of San Antonio and is available for download in the iTunes and Google Play online stores.The City of San Antonio and City Flag are co-hosting the official launch of the 311SA mobile app August 15th starting at 11 a.m. in the Geekdom Event Centre. You can RSVP for the free event.Cities are developing new avenues for civic engagement using a technology most residents already possess—a smartphone. In the U.S., 80 percent of all mobile phone users use a smartphone. The emergence of interactive municipal apps as a new means for citizens to report issues is spreading as cities look for more ways to engage ...
Earth Class Mail Delivers New Digital Services for Businesses
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Earth Class Mail Delivers New Digital Services for Businesses

Earth Class Mail (ECM) announced Thursday new digital services aimed at helping businesses streamline handling and processing of mailed documents and checks. Business clients can now organize and find digitized mail documents more easily with added searchable features, share mail content via email, and process payments received into newly added online accounting software integrations for Xero and Quickbooks Online.The industry leader was the first company to recognize this need by creating the digital mail service market in 2004. Businesses select one of the ECM’s virtual addresses available in every state in the U.S. HIPAA-certified technicians organize and store a business’ mail at an Earth Class Mail facility, then scan mailed documents as a high-resolution, searchable PDF file. EMC...
Cannabis Accelerator Launches In San Antonio
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Cannabis Accelerator Launches In San Antonio

Entrepreneurs traveled from across the U.S to attend a small, but sold-out startup summit at San Antonio’s Cellars at the Pearl Saturday. What was different about this startup program was its objective—helping founders accelerate their cannabis startups.Rick Martinez, founder and CEO of the Wellness Project Rx, a cannabis business coaching company, launched a San Antonio-based cannabis entrepreneur accelerator program Wednesday. The Green Seed Cannabis Accelerator does not require a share in equity from founders. Instead, it will operate on a fee structure over the course of its 12-month program. Cannabis entrepreneurs who already have a business selling cannabis-related products, those supporting the cannabis industry with services such as marketing, or doctors who are proponents of u...