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San Antonio Startups to Watch in 2021
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San Antonio Startups to Watch in 2021

Despite the widespread impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, the broader San Antonio tech ecosystem made some gains in 2020. From the skyrocketing sales of Xenex’s germ-zapping robots and 6Connex's virtual event platform to the aspirational building of Port San Antonio’s Innovation Center to be completed by 2022, we experienced some growth during unprecedented times. During the third quarter of 2020, San Antonio experienced the highest growth rate in tech jobs in the country at 21 percent. We still have work to do, but take this as a vote for guarded optimism for a subset of all innovative activity in San Antonio — startups. Despite its lack of relative density, San Antonio's startup ecosystem shows signs of innovation across many different fields. You'll find on the 2021 list mor...
Vitanova Biomedical Develops Light-Activated Cancer Therapy Pioneered by UTSA Researcher
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Vitanova Biomedical Develops Light-Activated Cancer Therapy Pioneered by UTSA Researcher

The San Antonio-based biotech startup Vitanova Biomedical is developing a new way to treat cancer called photodynamic therapy that causes no side effects and can kill many types of cancers. The preclinical stage biotech company is commercializing a novel technique that uses a specific wavelength of light combined with a chemical. The new cancer treatment approach is based on research first done at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) by Matthew Gdovin when he was an associate professor in UTSA’s biology department. Gdovin pioneered using the photosensitizing agent o-nitrobenzaldehyde (o-NBA) in combination with a specific wavelength of light that activates the drug. This photodynamic therapy triggers the cancer cell to become too acidic and die, a process known as apoptosis....