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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...
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...
Active Capital Raises Over $21 Million Leading Seed Rounds for 20 B2B SaaS Startups
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Active Capital Raises Over $21 Million Leading Seed Rounds for 20 B2B SaaS Startups

In less than two years, venture capital firm Active Capital has raised over $21 million for 20 founder-led companies in the business-to-business (B2B) software as a service (SaaS) market. The San Antonio-based firm’s portfolio has two companies operating in stealth mode, five startups from San Antonio including FunnelAI and Flightpath Finance, and five based in Austin, including Pingboard. The remaining companies are located in mostly metropolitan areas across the U.S. Read more: San Antonio Venture Firm Active Capital Leads Funding for Pingboard Pat Matthews is the founder of Active Capital, as well as an entrepreneur and an angel investor in more than 50 startup companies. He raised $21.5 million over the past 18 months so Active Capital could lead seed rounds for the founder-led B...
Intrinsic Imaging Radiologist Develops Artificial Intelligence Tool to Streamline Workloads
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Intrinsic Imaging Radiologist Develops Artificial Intelligence Tool to Streamline Workloads

Artificial intelligence (AI) was front and center at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show because of its capacity to influence every aspect of our lives. Now, AI’s reach is touching upon healthcare. Lance Reinsmith, M.D., is a radiologist with the South Texas Radiology Group and Intrinsic Imaging who is applying the power of AI to help those like him triage an overloaded system. Images obtained by MRI machines, CT scanners, and x-rays give clinicians the ability to look for signs of disease or injury in a patient. These digital images have so much data they take considerable time to review. That makes spotting the ones that require immediate attention from the more routine “normal” scans challenging for the radiologist with an ever-growing workload. “Most of us are operating at o...
‘State of the Ecosystem’ Highlights Geekdom Roles, San Antonio’s Cyber Growth
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‘State of the Ecosystem’ Highlights Geekdom Roles, San Antonio’s Cyber Growth

Ask any startup company founder and almost all will agree it's best to exercise cautious optimism when starting a new business. That was the tone at the eight annual Geekdom State of the Ecosystem update given Tuesday morning at the Geekdom Event Centre. David Heard, chief executive of Tech Bloc and chief marketing officer at SecureLogix and Port San Antonio's new vice president for cybersecurity development Will Garrett joined Geekdom chief executive David Garcia to assess the past year for San Antonio and its technology community. You can see a copy of Geekdom's 2018 impact report here. San Antonio's economic disparities continue to pose challenges for residents. Median household income for San Antonio was $56,774 in 2017, the latest figures available. Part of the mission in buildi...
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...