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VelocityTX Announces New Leadership
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VelocityTX Announces New Leadership

Jorge Varela has stepped down as CEO of VelocityTX as announced in a March 21 statement from Texas Research and Technology Foundation (TRTF). Varela was hired May 2017 to lead VelocityTX, the innovation arm of the longstanding TRTF. Both are tasked with promoting economic development and investing in San Antonio-based businesses. VelocityTX’s focus is to accelerate the process of commercializing ideas, products, services, or processes and guides both domestic startups and international companies entering the market in the U.S. Varela confirmed his departure with Startups San Antonio via text but did not provide further comment. Varela spent the last five years as the director of the startup incubator Tech Fort Worth and was the associate director of entrepreneurship at the UNT Hea...
The Health Cell’s Boot Camp to Jump-Start Healthtech Startups
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The Health Cell’s Boot Camp to Jump-Start Healthtech Startups

How can healthtech startups leverage artificial intelligence, cloud-based services, innovative software, and other solutions to help transform healthcare? One way is to encourage different industry specialists to work together, guided by expert mentoring, to get an integrated team all the way to successful product development. The Health Cell is providing exactly this jump-start with its HealthTech Boot Camp May 11 to 13, 2018. The three-day weekend event to be hosted at Geekdom is designed to help those early-stage companies focused on disrupting the healthcare industry by leveraging cloud-based technology applications. To register, fill out The Health Cell application form here by May 1, 2018. The cost for the weekend workshop is $150 and $75 for students to cover the costs of all ...
FunnelAI ‘s Artificial Intelligence Finds Real-time Customer Leads in Social Media
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FunnelAI ‘s Artificial Intelligence Finds Real-time Customer Leads in Social Media

The best artificial intelligence (AI) systems extract insights from extremely large datasets. What if AI could tell a company which customers were ready to buy specific services or products, searching across all social data, including social media posts, regardless of platform or forum? Co-founder Sridhar Kamma created the first automated sales funnel company to use AI. FunnelAI provides companies targeted data on potential customers who post about their readiness to buy certain products or services, down to their ZIP code. FunnelAI’s algorithm can sort through millions of social data posts daily, generating sales leads for many different types of companies. Kamma, who is a mechanical engineer and data scientist, found himself looking online for prospects when working on his prior st...
IPSecure Receives San Antonio Incentives for Business Expansion
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IPSecure Receives San Antonio Incentives for Business Expansion

The San Antonio City Council voted Thursday to approve an incentive package for San Antonio information technology firm IPSecure. The company will receive an Economic Development Incentive Fund (EDIF) Grant of $420,000 based on a capital investment of approximately $1.3 million, the creation of at least 80 new high-wage full-time jobs, and the retention of 115 full-time jobs. IPSecure provides a broad range of cybersecurity and other information technology services to government and private-sector companies worldwide with most of its work in cybersecurity. The San Antonio company initially focused on Defense Department telecommunications security but has since grown to include testing of computer networks to secure them from external and internal threats. The company plans to expand ...
Jungle Disk Announces Acquisition of TeamPassword
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Jungle Disk Announces Acquisition of TeamPassword

Jungle Disk announced Tuesday its acquisition of TeamPassword, a password manager that simplifies password management security for users of its service. Jungle Disk provides encrypted cloud backup for small businesses up to 250 employees, as well as a network firewall to protect against ransomware, malware, and denial-of-service attacks. As businesses use more cloud-based services, the number of accounts and passwords each person needs to maintain is growing. “The average TeamPassword customer has 147 passwords to manage within their business,” said Brian Sierakowski, CEO of TeamPassword. Sierakowski is planning to move to San Antonio later in 2018. The addition of TeamPassword to the Jungle Disk product portfolio provides customers a data security tool that can generate secure uniqu...
Youth Code Jam Pitch Perfect at Philanthropitch San Antonio
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Youth Code Jam Pitch Perfect at Philanthropitch San Antonio

Six finalists took turns pitching innovative solutions to local community challenges Tuesday evening at the Tobin Center. The judges and audience listened as each spoke about their respective social impact venture at Philanthropitch, a fast-pitch event that connects nonprofits with mentors and capital to help them scale to sustainable funding models. A panel of investors donate their own money, then decide how it should be distributed among the finalists. All ticket proceeds from the event go to the nonprofit that wins the "audience's choice" award. Of the $110,000 available from a combination of awards from sponsors, judges, and the audience’s choice, one founder garnered almost half the event’s amount. Debi Pfitzenmaier, CEO of Youth Code Jam had collected eight different checks total...
Seasoned Entrepreneurs on the State of San Antonio’s Startups
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Seasoned Entrepreneurs on the State of San Antonio’s Startups

Local ‘techpreneurs’ were in the audience and on the panels at San Antonio Tech: Seizing the Momentum, Xconomy's first public event in San Antonio. The half-day forum at the Pearl Stables united some of Central Texas’s most successful entrepreneurs and innovative technologists to discuss San Antonio's tech ecosystem and its future prospects. For a company that has grown from three Trinity University students founding a startup in 1998 to the industry leader in the multicloud managed service market as independently assessed by Gartner analysts, Rackspace is the indisputable anchor in San Antonio’s tech community. Rackspace’s chief operating officer David Meredith focused on the company’s vision of a seamless single “pane of glass” across public and private cloud computing that provide...
Texas BioMed Explores Malaria in Latest Podcast
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Texas BioMed Explores Malaria in Latest Podcast

Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease that kills hundreds of thousands of people around the world every year. Texas Biomed's own scientist Ian Cheeseman, Ph.D., and his team at specialize in the genetics of the parasite that causes malaria. Listen to Texas BioMed's latest podcast episode 2, Much Ado About Malaria, from TXBiobytes. His newest study published in the journal Genome Biology and Evolution was recently highlighted in the Editors Choice section of the prestigious journal Science. “At the basic level we simply do not know what’s in a malaria infection, even though this has profound implications for how we think about treating and eradicating this disease,” Cheeseman said. Using various technologies, these scientists are literally cracking open cells and using single cell DNA seq...
Five Stories From San Antonio’s Thriving Bioscience Industry
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Five Stories From San Antonio’s Thriving Bioscience Industry

From companies commercializing a cancer prevention drug and urological medical device, to reintroducing transfusion methods and working on a new vaccine and chromosomal abnormalities research, the Health Cell’s annual State of the Industry 2018 event Feb. 6 highlighted San Antonio’s thriving bioscience sector. “This is our fourth annual event,” Health Cell co-founder Beth Eby said. "We aim for a good representation of those ‘who knew?’ stories from San Antonio’s bioscience and healthcare sector." The five stories reflect how innovators in San Antonio are significantly advancing the understanding of critical issues in the life sciences, having a substantial impact on public health, or highlighting pressing health care issues. New Cancer Prevention Drug Boosts Body’s Immune System ...
Rapamycin Holdings, Inc.
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Rapamycin Holdings, Inc.

San Antonio-based Rapamycin Holdings, Inc. (RHI) is bringing a ground-breaking cancer prevention drug to market. The drug company is commercializing eRapa, a novel, proprietary reformulation of the generic drug Rapamycin. Hailed as the 2009 scientific “Breakthrough of the Year” by Science magazine, eRapa is the first drug proven to extend life span in mammals, on average by 20 percent.  The July 2009 issue of Nature reported that eRapa boosts health and longevity in mice, the first time any drug has extended a mammal’s life span. Rapamycin is an antibiotic derived from microbes discovered in the soils of Easter Island in 1972 and was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1999 as an immunosuppressant. It has long been used by transplant patients to help fight organ rej...