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Charleson Bell shares his plans for the Mid-South I-Corps Hub

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA On his personal webpage, Charleson Sherard Bell describes himself as an innovator, entrepreneur, and engineer who draws from multiple fields and bodies of knowledge to solve many of the world’s current problems. Today, as Hub Director of the new National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded…

New not-for-profit foundation established to foster scientific endeavors

A new foundation has been established to foster scientific endeavors aligned with the missions of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Department of Energy (DOE), and U.S. economic, energy, and national security interests. Announced Friday morning at the weekly meeting of the East Tennessee Economic Council and seeded by funding…

Twende Accelerator makes changes, opens applications for next cohort

After revamping programming for its Twende Accelerator, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) has opened the application process for the nine-month statewide program that is focused on entrepreneurs who identify as Black and Latine. The changes to the programming include a new supplier diversity component that connects stakeholders and procurement leaders…

NIH reopens applications for REACH program hubs

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) announcing the renewal of the agency’s Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) program. Established to facilitate and accelerate the translation of academic biomedical discoveries into products that improve patient care and public health, NIH will provide qualifying…

How Tennessee can become a hub for transportation innovation

By Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor, PYA As transportation evolves, and the focus on car travel shifts from the combustion engine to the electric battery, Tennessee is already a key player in the world of manufacturing. Ford, GM, Nissan, and Volkswagen all have manufacturing locations across the state, with people ready to work…

Techstars CEO says coming years will be very difficult for high-tech industry

Mäelle Gavet, Chief Executive Officer of Techstars, says that the coming years are going to be very difficult for the high-tech industry. In an interview published in CTECH by Calcalist, she is quoted as saying, “In 2021, we saw companies that rose to an unimaginable value with a very small…

HC9 Ventures closes $83 million first fund focused on healthcare software and services

New York City-based HC9 Ventures has announced the closing of its first fund, an $83 million vehicle that will invest in healthcare software and services start-ups at seed and Series A stages. As described in this news release, HC9 represents a significant evolution of the venture capital model, bringing true industry…

Former DOE AI leader named head of DoD’s National Security Innovation Network

The former Director of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office has been named as Managing Director of the Department of Defense’s National Security Innovation Network (NSIN). In the new role outlined in this news release, Cheryl Ingstad will manage the Pentagon’s office that was established in 2016…

Texas university seeks NRC approval for molten salt research reactor based on ORNL technology

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has accepted Abilene Christian University’s (ACU’s) construction permit application for a 1-MWth nuclear non-power Molten Salt Research Reactor (MSRR) facility planned for the university’s campus in north-central Texas. According to this article that appeared on the Power Magazine website, ACU seeks a license to design, construct, operate,…