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Mind Science Foundation Features Virtual Reality Pioneer Jaron Lanier March 19
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Mind Science Foundation Features Virtual Reality Pioneer Jaron Lanier March 19

The Mind Science Foundation (MSF) is bringing the Silicon Valley pioneer who coined the phrase "virtual reality" (VR) to San Antonio.  Jaron Lanier will headline MSF's Distinguished Speaker Series March 19 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Pearl Stable.Tickets are available for sale online or at the door.Considered a founding father of the field of virtual reality, Lanier and Thomas G. Zimmerman left Atari and founded VPL Research, Inc. in 1984.Lanier's startup created the first commercial VR products, avatars, multi-person virtual world experiences, prototypes of surgical simulation, and VR applications for medicine, design, and other industries. As one of the first companies ever to sell virtual reality products, VPL also introduced some of the first VR applications, including a p...
Cityflag One of Ten Startups in New Techstars Arcadis Accelerator
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Cityflag One of Ten Startups in New Techstars Arcadis Accelerator

San Antonio-based Cityflag, a startup that develops civic engagement technological platforms for local governments, has been chosen as one of 10 companies participating in a new Techstars accelerator program. The global entrepreneurial network announced Wednesday the launch of its Techstars Arcadis City of 2030 accelerator program designed for companies pioneering far-reaching technologies that will define the quality of life for residents in cities.Arcadis, a leading global design firm focused on infrastructure, sustainable water, buildings, and environmental solutions, has partnered with Techstars on the accelerator program to support companies developing innovative ideas that will shape the future of cities. The new three-month accelerator program is based in Amsterdam, The Netherla...
Lockheed Martin Launches New Cyber Facility at Port San Antonio
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Lockheed Martin Launches New Cyber Facility at Port San Antonio

Lockheed Martin has opened its development center in Port San Antonio's new cybersecurity-centric building known as Project Tech. The largest U.S. defense contractor is leasing 15,000 square feet in the 90,000-square-foot cybersecurity-focused facility located on the Port’s campus across the street from the 24th Air Force’s cyber command.The first tenant to sign a lease in the Project Tech building, Lockheed Martin has designed the space to serve as laboratories for the exploratory work they do for clients such as the 24th and 25th Air Force in San Antonio and the National Security Agency (NSA) location in Texas, according to Lockheed Martin vice president of spectrum convergence, Deon Viergutz. His division is one of two (the other being cyber solutions) teams that will work at the ne...
Rapamycin Holdings Becomes Emtora Biosciences, Gains New CEO
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Rapamycin Holdings Becomes Emtora Biosciences, Gains New CEO

San Antonio-based Rapamycin Holdings, Inc. announced its rebranding Tuesday as Emtora Biosciences with Dr. Carole Spangler Vaughn as its new chief executive officer. Dan Hargrove recruited Spangler Vaughn as his replacement after hiring her as a consultant for the privately-held drug development company about six months ago.The drug company is commercializing a ground-breaking cancer prevention drug, eRapa™, a proprietary reformulation of the generic drug Rapamycin. The changes reflect the company's goal to get the drug through the regulatory approval process faster for a quicker market launch.“I’ve brought drugs to the market before,” Spangler Vaughn told Startups San Antonio. “With my background and experience, I can ask detailed questions about the science, then ask about the dr...
Port San Antonio Approves Pre-Development Agreement for Innovation Center, Cyber Facilities
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Port San Antonio Approves Pre-Development Agreement for Innovation Center, Cyber Facilities

Plans for an ambitious innovation campus at Port San Antonio have gotten one step closer to realization.Port board members voted Wednesday afternoon to approve a pre-development 120-day agreement with American Triple I Partners, LLC. The memorandum of understanding outlines how the Port will work with American Triple I Partners to build the innovation center on the 1,900-acre campus first proposed in 2018. Sundt Infrastructure Development will support Triple I during the pre-development phase.American Triple I Partners is an infrastructure private equity firm that focuses on transportation, information technology, and smart city investments.The same partners will also work on the concept development for a second facility as part of the Port’s Project Tech complex. The new build...
Port San Antonio Unveils Plans for STEM Innovation Campus
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Port San Antonio Unveils Plans for STEM Innovation Campus

Port San Antonio ‘s conceptual plan for a proposed innovation campus is garnering attention, and not just for its planned technology arena. The Port is leveraging its existing structures to refine its vision of connecting the capabilities across their entire campus to innovators throughout San Antonio, the state of Texas, and globally, Port San Antonio president and chief executive officer Jim Perschbach said.“It’s not just about these buildings, it’s about capturing the spirit of innovation so we can provide solutions for a connected world,” Perschbach said. “They are tremendous opportunities here in San Antonio—one of the world’s largest communities of cybersecurity experts—to work closely with big industries and have a better understanding of the cyber threats that could cripple the...
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 DevelopmentThe 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...
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...