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Chick-fil-A’s Refraction.AI robots take on a life of their own

Chick-fil-A is testing another version of delivery using autonomous bots. The Atlanta-based restaurant chain said it is testing a fleet of delivery robots in a limited number of units in California, Texas and Florida. In Austin, Texas, the test is in partnership with Refraction AI. The goal is to cut delivery costs and enhance restaurant [...]

By |2022-08-12T12:33:08-05:00August 12th, 2022|

Strata Oncology Expands Sentinel Trial with Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute and University of Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 23, 2022 ‚Äď Strata Oncology, Inc., a next-generation precision oncology company enabling smarter and earlier cancer treatment, today announced that Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute and the University of Michigan Health Rogel Cancer Center have joined as clinical trial sites in the Strata SentinelTM¬†trial, a prospective, observational study of the StrataMRDTM¬†minimal [...]

By |2022-08-12T12:30:02-05:00August 12th, 2022|

ADAS & Safety Systems: Traxen to produce 400 iQ-Pilot‚ĄĘ units for United Road Services

USA ‚Äď Traxen Inc1 has announced a contract with United Road Services Inc, a haulage firm, also based in Plymouth, Michigan, to begin production of a smart-adaptive cruise control technology for Class 8 trucks which Traxen claims can reduce annual fuel consumption by 10%. The contract to produce 400 units of the ‚ÄėiQPilot‚ĄĘ marks Traxen‚Äôs [...]

By |2022-08-12T12:27:48-05:00August 12th, 2022|

Sight Machine recognized as a finalist of 2022 Microsoft Manufacturing & Supply Chain Partner of the Year

SAN FRANCISCO, June 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Sight Machine Inc. today announced it has been named a finalist of the 2022 Microsoft Manufacturing & Supply Chain Partner of the Year Award. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. [...]

By |2022-08-12T12:25:16-05:00August 12th, 2022|

Rachio users achieve environmental milestone of 50B gallons of water saved through optimized irrigation

Approximately 45% of the US is in a drought, making the need for water-saving solutions especially pertinent. Tech innovator and smart sprinkler company Rachio has now helped US homeowners save 50 billion gallons of water and counting, with its water-efficient sprinkler controllers. Connected technologies are now standard in American society, and companies like Rachio have harnessed this technology [...]

By |2022-08-12T12:23:44-05:00August 12th, 2022|

Accenture Invests in pulsESG‚ĄĘ to Advance ESG andSustainability Measurement, Decision Making and Reporting for Companies

NEW YORK; June 25, 2022 ‚Äď Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has made a strategic investment,through Accenture Ventures, in pulsESG, Inc., a public benefit corporation dedicated to empowering purpose-driven enterprises to manage and improve theirenvironmental, social, and governance (ESG) footprint. Backed by $10 million in earlier seed funding from other leading impact-driven investors, pulsESG is the latest [...]

By |2022-08-12T12:22:29-05:00August 12th, 2022|

Cobalt Marks Start of 2022 with New CEO, Continued Momentum for PtaaS Adoption

Cobalt, the leading Pentest as a Service (PtaaS) company, today announced the milestones it achieved in the first half of 2022, including the addition of new CEO Chris Manton-Jones. Today’s technology infrastructure and threat landscape are only growing more complex. It's more important than ever to have high-quality, fast pentesting for businesses to help protect [...]

By |2022-08-12T12:20:02-05:00August 12th, 2022|

observIQ Expands Partnership with Google Cloud to Support OpenTelemetry

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Open source telemetry innovator observIQ has expanded its partnership with Google Cloud and Google Cloud's Operations Suite, to improve telemetry for managing all business-critical applications and environments. The partnership will increase visibility into workloads running on Google Compute Engine. Google Cloud customers can now use OpenTelemetry logs and metrics collection with support from [...]

By |2022-08-12T12:15:54-05:00August 12th, 2022|

Will Akadeum’s Floating Bubbles Be the Next Big Thing in Cell Separation?

Akadeum Life Sciences has scored a patent for its method of buoyancy-based cell sorting (BACS) technologies from biological fluid samples. The Ann Arbor, MI-based firm says the use of microbubbles are used to separate targeted cell groups. Most notably, the patent protects Akadeum's T and B Cell isolation kits along with its entire portfolio of [...]

By |2022-08-12T12:14:36-05:00August 12th, 2022|

LineLeap: The Disney fast pass but for bars

The app LineLeap has taken advantage of the reopening of venues this past year and has spread to businesses near the University of Arizona. LineLeap is an app that gives customers perks such as line-skip passes, cover, event tickets and more when attending local bars, clubs and venues. This platform has just surpassed over 200,000 users [...]

By |2022-08-12T12:12:37-05:00August 12th, 2022|

MemryX Is A New AI Company We Actually Need

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all around us, in the cars we drive to the smartphones we use, powering our most favored or despised apps. Consequently, one of the major growth drivers in the semiconductor industry is AI. It’s everywhere and revolutionizing the way humans interact with the modern world, from the datacenter to the device [...]

By |2022-08-12T12:08:42-05:00August 12th, 2022|

Traxen’s cutting edge technology – available for external customers in January 2022

As of January 1st, 2022, Traxen is making their rugged ADAS domain controller available to external customers for the first time via a new e-commerce page on their website. This contains their cutting edge technology, which can be sold for multiple applications. The artificial intelligence product will now be available for use on rapid prototype or [...]

By |2021-12-30T15:03:55-05:00December 30th, 2021|

Strata Oncology Named to the 2021 CB Insights Digital Health 150

NEW YORK, Dec. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- CB Insights today named Strata Oncology to its third annual Digital Health 150, which showcases the 150 most promising private digital health companies in the world. This year's Digital Health 150 was unveiled live during CB Insights' annual Future of Health event. The 2021 Digital Health 150 cohort has raised roughly $14.9B in aggregate funding across 522 [...]

By |2021-12-30T15:02:26-05:00December 30th, 2021|

Akadeum’s First Rising Innovators Research Award Recipient

Akadeum is thrilled to announce the first recipient of the Rising Innovators Research Award! Congratulations to Giselle Borges e Soares from Dr. Katherine Wall’s Laboratory at the University of Toledo. Giselle used Akadeum’s Mouse CD4+ T Cell Isolation Kit in the course of her research, obtaining 95-97% purity with ease. The success of downstream experiments is dependent upon the quality [...]

By |2021-12-30T14:53:52-05:00December 30th, 2021|

Qualcomm’s AI chip chief departs to take helm at startup MemryX

Dec 8 (Reuters) - Keith Kressin, the executive who oversaw Qualcomm Inc's (QCOM.O) artificial intelligence chip efforts, has left to take the top job at a Michigan-based semiconductor startup. Kressin has become chief executive of MemryX, founded in 2019 by University of Michigan professors Wei Lu and Zhengya Zhan, the company told Reuters. MemryX is working on [...]

By |2021-12-08T14:15:15-05:00December 8th, 2021|

Silicon Valley Veterans Launch pulsESG‚ĄĘ‚ÄĒan Integrated SaaS Platform for Enterprise ESG Analysis with $8.5M in Seed Funding from Impact-Driven Investors

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--pulsESG‚ĄĘ¬†today announced the launch of its enterprise environmental, social, and governance (ESG) software as a service (SaaS) platform backed by $8.5 million in seed funding from leading impact-driven investors and led by two Silicon Valley enterprise software veterans. The platform distinguishes itself in the marketplace through features such as model-driven architecture and full [...]

By |2021-10-29T13:18:02-05:00October 29th, 2021|

Akadeum Life Sciences, Inc. Raises $17.5M Financing Round Led by Arboretum Ventures

October 12, 2021, Ann Arbor, MI ‚ÄstAkadeum Life Sciences, Inc., today announced the closing of an oversubscribed $17.5 million Series B financing led by Arboretum Ventures. Investors in the round also included Beringea, Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A), Lifespan Ventures, BlueStone Venture Partners, Berkeley Catalyst Fund,¬† Michigan Capital Network, Michigan Rise, The University of Michigan, and others. [...]

By |2021-10-12T10:49:35-05:00October 12th, 2021|

Traxen Adaptive Cruise Control Lowers Fuel Consumption 10%

HDPR Live # 62: You’re operating a fleet of commercial trucks, your largest costs are the Fuel, the Driver, and Insurance. Today, we are going to introduce you to a technology that will lower fuel consumption and help you with driver and insurance costs. Ali Maleki is the CEO at Traxen, a Michigan-based technology company, which [...]

By |2021-09-01T11:05:54-05:00September 1st, 2021|

Cobalt finds that orgs have had the same digital security vulnerabilities for the last 4 years

Security teams are still struggling to effectively remove and prevent issues that are well known in the industry. The State of Pentesting report by Cobalt found that security teams have been dealing with the same top 5 vulnerabilities for 4 years in a row. Organizations are slow to respond to cyber threats, aren’t protecting their full portfolios, [...]

By |2021-09-01T11:03:15-05:00September 1st, 2021|

Engineer Perspective: Benefits of Cobalt’s PtaaS platform

With the most important aspect of a pentest coming after the test itself, via remediation, Engineering and Security teams must collaborate to deliver robust and safe applications. Throughout this collaborative effort, many vital aspects of a pentest report’s findings can be lost in translation. To help prevent this, companies prioritizing their security should aim to [...]

By |2021-07-30T22:10:18-05:00July 30th, 2021|

observIQ‚Äôs Launches ‚ÄúForever‚ÄĚ Free Tier of their Next Generation Log Management Platform

GRAND RAPIDS, MI. ‚Äď June 7, 2021¬†‚Äď observIQ, a provider of next-generation observability solutions for ITOps and DevOps teams, today announced the launch of a no time limit, no credit card required, completely free tier of the company‚Äôs observIQ Cloud SaaS offering. ‚ÄúWe want to get our tools into the hands of every ITOps and [...]

By |2021-07-30T22:08:14-05:00July 30th, 2021|

Akadeum: Enhanced Enrichment of iNKT cells from Mouse Splenocyte Preps Following Gentle and Rapid Depletion of Erythrocytes and B220+ B Cells with Akadeum’s BACS Microbubbles

Biological samples are incredibly diverse and complex, and an initial cleanup step is essential to reduce sample heterogeneity prior to downstream applications. This is especially important when dealing with cell types of low abundance like Invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells. iNKT cells are a subset of unconventional T cells that recognize lipid-based antigens and [...]

By |2021-07-30T22:06:56-05:00July 30th, 2021|

Order up: Refraction AI Robots now deliver food in Austin

AUSTIN, Texas ‚ÄĒ New semi-autonomous robots are taking over some streets of Austin to make food deliveries as the Capital City deals with rapid growth and congestion. Refraction AI, a Michigan-based company, recently expanded in Austin, bringing 10 delivery machines to South Congress, Travis Heights and some parts of Downtown Austin. ‚ÄúYou don't need a [...]

By |2021-07-30T21:42:16-05:00July 30th, 2021|

See the Refraction AI robot that is delivering pizzas in South Austin

Refraction AI, is a robotics company that makes autonomous delivery robots, It is launching delivery robots to serve South Congress and Travis Heights designed to deliver small grocery and restaurant orders. The robots are about the size of a bike and ride in the margin of the road or in bike lanes and deliver in [...]

By |2021-07-30T21:39:27-05:00July 30th, 2021|

Traxen Appoints Mike Hauer to VP Business Development

PLYMOUTH, Michigan, June. 28, 2021 ‚Äď Seasoned business development leader Mike Hauer has joined Traxen as Vice president of Business Development to help ramp up sales and marketing activities to propel the company forward in its mission to lead the trucking industry‚Äôs energy efficiency with automation. ‚ÄúI am delighted to have Mike on-board. His experience [...]

By |2021-07-30T21:36:08-05:00July 30th, 2021|

Ann Arbor-based cancer testing company Strata Oncology sets state record for biotech capital raise

Ann Arbor-based cancer testing and sequencing company Strata Oncology Inc. has closed on the largest funding round for a biotech company in the state's history, pushing it closer to a likely initial public offering. Strata on Wednesday announced a $90 million Series C funding round, likely the last round of private financing the company will [...]

By |2021-07-28T21:07:59-05:00July 28th, 2021|

Refraction AI Robots Are Rolling Into Austin

Delivery robots are coming to Austin. Food delivery service¬†company¬†Refraction AI‚Äôs REV-1 robots ‚ÄĒ small electric-run machines that operate autonomously ‚ÄĒ are delivering orders from local pizzeria mini-chain¬†Southside Flying Pizza¬†throughout downtown Austin, Travis Heights, and along South Congress Avenue as of today, June 14. CEO Luke Schneider tells Eater that the company decided to expand to [...]

By |2021-06-25T09:27:56-05:00June 25th, 2021|

MemryX Inc. Closes Series A Financing and Prepares to Transform AI and Edge Applications

Ann Arbor, Michigan May 12th, 2021¬†‚Äď MemryX Inc. announced it has raised Series A funding to further develop novel, in-memory chips to enable AI applications in edge devices. The company now plans to scale the commercialization of its patented Memory Processing Unit (MPU) architecture and sample product-level chips to leading OEMs across the automotive, edge-compute, [...]

By |2021-06-25T09:25:07-05:00June 25th, 2021|

Voxel51 & Google Collaborate to Make Downloading & Visualizing Open Images A Breeze

Ann Arbor, MI - Voxel51 today announced a collaboration with Google to support Google’s Open Images Dataset, one of the largest visual datasets in the world used by AI researchers and the machine learning community for common object detection and other computer vision tasks. Through the collaboration, Open Images users will gain access to Voxel51’s free, open source [...]

By |2021-06-25T09:23:52-05:00June 25th, 2021|

Strata Oncology Appoints Former Abbott Executive Mark Szewczyk as Chief Commercial Officer

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 10, 2021 ‚ÄstStrata Oncology, Inc., a precision oncology company advancing molecular indications for cancer therapies, today announced that it has appointed healthcare and molecular diagnostics veteran and former Abbott executive Mark Szewczyk as Chief Commercial Officer. The addition of Szewczyk is the latest in a series of strategic appointments bolstering Strata [...]

By |2021-06-25T09:06:13-05:00June 25th, 2021|

Essex Furukawa Chooses Sight Machine for Digital Transformation of EV Component Plants in China, U.S. and Germany

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Essex Furukawa, the world's largest manufacturer of the magnet wire/winding wire that powers motors, including for electric vehicles (EVs), has selected Sight Machine Inc. as the manufacturing productivity platform for its plants in China, the United States and Germany, Sight Machine announced today. The agreement extends the digital transformation initiative begun at Essex Furukawa's [...]

By |2021-06-25T09:00:25-05:00June 25th, 2021|

Rachio Names Kim Sentovich as Chief Executive Officer

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 24, 2021-- Rachio, the industry leading efficient watering company, has today announced the recent appointment of Kim Sentovich as Chief Executive Officer. She joins the company amidst a record year of growth in 2020, which saw a major uptick in sales, and continued momentum into 2021 with the ongoing focus on the home. [...]

By |2021-06-25T08:53:18-05:00June 25th, 2021|

Cobalt Announces Launch of Partner Program On Heels of 75% YoY ARR Growth

Cobalt, the leading Pentest as a Service (PtaaS) company that’s modernizing the traditional, static penetration testing mode, today announced the launch of its Partner Program. The program comes amid massive customer demand as organizations realize the need for an optimized and streamlined pentesting experience. With the launch of the Cobalt Partner Program, the company’s goal [...]

By |2021-06-25T08:50:24-05:00June 25th, 2021|

Akadeum & NanoCellect Collaborating to Improve Rare-Cell Workflows and Results

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Akadeum Life Sciences, Inc., creators of a next generation floatation-based isolation platform, and NanoCellect Biomedical, Inc., a leader in the development and manufacturing of innovative and simple solutions for cell sorting, today jointly announced a new collaboration to improve rare-cell workflows. From single cell genomics to antibody discovery, researchers increasingly [...]

By |2021-06-25T08:41:22-05:00June 25th, 2021|

Delivery startup Refraction AI raises $4.2M to expand service areas

Refraction AI, a company developing semi-autonomous delivery robots, today announced that it raised $4.2 million in seed funding led by Pillar VC. Refraction says that the proceeds will be used for customer acquisition, geographic expansion, and product development well into the next year. The worsening COVID-19 health crisis in much of the U.S. seems likely [...]

By |2021-03-08T20:20:07-05:00March 8th, 2021|

observIQ’s (formerly Blue Medora) Stanza Log Agent Now a Part of OpenTelemetry Project

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--observIQ, a provider of next-generation observability solutions for ITOps and DevOps teams, today announced that its open source log agent Stanza is now part of the OpenTelemetry Project as the key component for log collection. observIQ’s Stanza Log Agent Now a Part of OpenTelemetry Project #observIQ #OpenTelemetryTweet this Since its inception in 2020, observIQ’s [...]

By |2021-01-28T09:27:45-05:00January 28th, 2021|

The future is bright for autonomous delivery, says Refraction AI CEO

Despite the precariousness of 2020, one thing is certain as we look to the future: Autonomous delivery will become an integral part of our world. This massive potential is evident on both a global and national scale ‚ÄĒ there have been¬†195 deployments¬†of social robots worldwide in response to the pandemic. The U.S. has seen a¬†20% [...]

By |2021-02-06T14:48:49-05:00January 27th, 2021|

Traxen AI-based iQ-Cruise delivers average of 10% fuel savings for heavy trucks

Traxen, a metro Detroit-based technology, launched its intelligent adaptive cruise control system, iQ-Cruise, for traditional and electric commercial vehicles. The system will be available to both commercial vehicle aftermarket and OE customers. Through the use of artificial intelligence (AI), advanced algorithms and sensors, iQ-Cruise can reduce fuel consumption by an average of 10% while improving safety, drivability [...]

By |2021-02-06T14:48:50-05:00January 27th, 2021|

Strata Oncology Announces Personalized Recurrence Monitoring Trial

Study to Evaluate Strata's Ability to Detect Tumor Recurrence using Liquid Biopsy and Monitor Treatment Effectiveness for Patients with Early-Stage Solid Tumors ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Strata Oncology, Inc., a precision oncology company advancing molecular indications for cancer therapies, today announced plans to begin enrolling the Sentinel Trial in the first half of 2021. [...]

By |2021-02-06T14:48:50-05:00January 27th, 2021|

Aperia Technologies Wins Prestigious Environmental Protection Agency Clean Air Excellence Award

BURLINGAME, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded its 2020 Clean Air Excellence Award for Transportation Efficiency Innovations to Aperia Technologies, a leading supplier of efficiency and safety-enhancing tire management technologies to the commercial trucking industry, for the Halo Tire Inflator. This is the EPA’s highest national award to honor a project for [...]

By |2021-01-12T17:03:55-05:00January 12th, 2021|

Strata Oncology Announces Medicare Coverage of StrataNGS Comprehensive Genomic Profiling Test for Patients with Advanced Solid Tumors

Ann Arbor, Mich. October 27, 2020 ‚ÄĒ¬†Strata Oncology, Inc., a precision oncology company advancing molecular indications for cancer therapies, today announced that Palmetto GBA, a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), has established coverage of the StrataNGSTM test for patients with advanced stages (III or IV), recurrent, relapsed, refractory, and/ or metastatic solid tumors. StrataNGSTM¬†is a comprehensive [...]

By |2021-02-06T14:48:50-05:00October 31st, 2020|

The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Become a Catalyst for Cyberattacks

Caroline Wong (@CarolineWMWong), CIO of Cobalt, said that if key security projects were delayed or canceled to make room for critical projects that would enable a distributed workforce to work more securely (for example, VPN implementation or training on how to set up a secure home WiFi network), “then it could be a positive change, [...]

By |2020-10-31T16:21:01-05:00October 31st, 2020|

New CEO of Ann Arbor‚Äôs Clinc looks to scale, ‚Äėwrite the next chapter‚Äô for company

ANN ARBOR¬†‚Äď Tech veteran Jon Newhard joined conversational AI startup Clinc in July, five months after the company‚Äôs co-founder and former CEO Jason Mars stepped down over¬†allegations of sexual harassment, verbal abuse and inappropriate conduct. After Mars' exit gained national attention and the University of Michigan suspended its recruiting relationship with the company, many were [...]

By |2020-10-31T16:15:56-05:00October 31st, 2020|

observIQ (formerly Blue Medora) Launches Powerful New Full Stack Log Management Platform

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- observIQ, a global leader of open source observability solutions for DevOps and ITOps, announces that it has launched a beta program for its new SaaS-based log management platform called observIQ Cloud. observIQ Cloud allows customers to seamlessly monitor multi and hybrid cloud environments at enterprise scale. [...]

By |2020-10-31T16:14:25-05:00October 31st, 2020|

Akadeum is a semi-finalist in the XPRIZE Rapid Covid Testing competition

Akadeum is pleased to announce that we are a semi-finalist in the XPRIZE Rapid Covid Testing competition. We have recently expanded our microbubble platform by functionalizing our revolutionary buoyancy-activated separation technology for RNA isolation in saliva samples. Our goal is to create a workflow that allows for quick and easy RNA extraction in larger volume [...]

By |2020-10-29T15:00:04-05:00October 29th, 2020|

Voxel51 Computer Vision tells us how the presidential candidates really feel

The presidential and vice-presidential debates over the last few weeks have been…. interesting. I think we can all agree that they have been some of the most heated debates yet. The presidential debate quickly turned into emotional arguments that you could clearly see in the faces of the candidates. Image by Author: Using FiftyOne to visualize distributions [...]

By |2021-02-06T14:48:50-05:00October 27th, 2020|

Mobility veteran joins Ann Arbor’s Refraction AI as new CEO

ANN ARBOR, Mich.¬†‚Äď Mobility industry veteran Luke Schneider has been named as the new chief executive officer of Ann Arbor-based Refraction AI. The tech startup is known for its small REV-1 , delivery robots that scuttle around Tree Town taking food and groceries to community members. Schneider has had over 25 years of experience in [...]

By |2020-10-16T09:24:58-05:00October 16th, 2020|

Traxen offers Smarter Adaptive Cruise for Truck Fleets

Like many automotive engineers, Ali Maleki has had to temper his expectations for autonomous vehicles in recent years. He once thought the technology would be available by this time. Now Maleki doesn’t expect widescale deployment until about 2030. But he still recognizes the potential convenience, safety and environmental benefits. And he’s doing something about it. [...]

By |2020-10-21T09:37:36-05:00October 14th, 2020|

Traxen Strengthens Board of Directors with Appointment of Petrovich to Chairman, Gryzenia as Advisor

PLYMOUTH, Michigan, Sept. 17, 2020 ‚Äď Seasoned automotive business leader Mary Petrovich has joined the Traxen Board of Directors as chairman to support the start-up company in its mission to lead the trucking technology market rapidly into the future. In addition to Petrovich‚Äôs appointment to the board, Bill Gryzenia, an accomplished automotive industry veteran, has [...]

By |2020-09-23T12:29:55-05:00September 23rd, 2020|
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