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June 18, 2023 | Tom Ballard

News & Notes | Events and progress

Several events in and around Chattanooga and Cookeville, plus a statewide virtual procurement event, top this week's briefs.

From Knoxville:

  • ParOne Inc., which is headquartered in New York City but has an office in Knoxville, has released its new commerce-ready feature allowing interactivity inside videos. Founded by JR Charles, the company’s Video Player helps golf publishers connect and engage with their audiences on the screens of the latter’s choice. The newest feature resides within the Video Player and provides ParOne clients with an on-screen shoppable technology for their websites to sell golf products, event tickets, lessons, trips, and other offerings during video views. Click here for more information about the new feature.
  • Kim Denton has been named Director of Economic Development for the University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Services (UT CIS). She’s a former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Oak Ridge Economic Development Partnership who joined UT CIS in September 2015 as Director of the Tennessee Certified Economic Development Program.

From Chattanooga:

The Company Lab (CO.LAB) is hosting four events over the next two weeks.

  • On June 22, it will be a “Business Brews” that begins at 5:30 p.m. EDT at the Society of Work, 110 Somerville Avenue, #Suite 266. To register, click here.
  • On June 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT, CO.LAB is hosting an “Experiential EV Ride and Drive” at the Bend Motorcar Track, 1067 Riverfront Parkway. Click here to reserve a spot.
  • Beginning at 12 noon EDT on June 27, it’s a monthly “lunch and learn” titled “Grant Applications 101: Do’s, Don’ts, and Other Considerations.” The event will be held on the fourth floor of the Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad Street. To register, click here.
  • Finally, CO.LAB is hosting a “CO.STARTERS Bootcamp” June 28 and 29 at the offices of MainStreet Dayton, 379 2nd Avenue, Dayton. Registration is free. To reserve a spot, click here.

Separately, The Enterprise Center is hosting something titled “Networking and Neurodiversity – A different kind of happy hour” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 27 on the fifth floor of The Edney. It is billed as a “unique networking event featuring inclusive area employers, game areas, and multiple breakaway spaces for calm or intentional conversation. Whether you’re an employer looking for qualified applicants, an individual looking to connect with colleagues, or just a curious Chattanoogan, we hope you’ll stop by to say hello.” To register, click here.

From Oak Ridge:

  • Having completed its review of the construction permit application for Kairos Power’s Hermes test reactor, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards has submitted its conclusions to the agency, recommending approval. California-based Kairos submitted its application to build a demonstration reactor at the East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge in September 2021, and NRC accepted the application for review two months later.
  • Doug Kothe, the recently departed Associate Laboratory Director for Computing and Computational Sciences at  Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), was a co-author of a new, lengthy report from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on artificial intelligence (AI). Titled “Advanced Research Directions on AI for Science, Energy and Security,” the report lays out a comprehensive vision for DOE to expand its work in scientific use of AI by building on its existing strengths in world-leading high performance computing systems and data infrastructure. It is described as a “blueprint for the United States to accelerate progress by expanding its capabilities in AI and big data analysis.” Kothe began duties this month as Chief Research Officer at Sandia National Laboratories.
  • Speaking of ORNL, retired scientist and Corporate Fellow Emeritus Stan David was awarded the “Joining and Welding Science Award” from the Joining and Welding Research Institute (JWRI) at Osaka University, Japan. The award “commends researchers who have contributed internationally outstanding achievements in the science of joining and welding, and who have contributed significantly to the development of joining and welding science.” JWRI is a premier institute for fundamental and applied research in the field of welding and joining science.

From Cookeville but with Statewide Implications:

Tennessee Tech University (TTU) and the Tennessee Clean Fuels will host a webinar at 12 noon CDT June 30 to provide information about the new U.S. Department of Energy-funded “Medium Duty eTruck Pilot Project.”

During the event, attendees will learn about this initiative and about how to get involved. This project offers the opportunity for operators of fleets to test an all-electric step van to evaluate how it would perform in their operations. In addition, the program will allow fleet operators to test the Xos FXSV01 at little to no cost, with trials lasting anywhere from two weeks to two months, depending on availability.

To register, click here.

From Nashville:

  • TennBeat reports that Darvis Inc., the start-up we spotlighted two years ago in this article, has hired former Deutsche Bank executive Michael Dietz to serve as Co-Chief Executive Officer (CEO) alongside Founding CEO Jan-Phillip Mohr. According to the article, Dietz will call the company’s Hamburg office home base, but his new role will have him traveling to its Nashville HQ and three other offices — located in London, Pakistan and Poznan — “frequently.”
  • Bryleos, a clinical stage therapeutics company, has raised $5 million in seed funding. The backers included early investor, television personality and former motorsport team owner Eddie Jordan. Led by Wendy Komac, CEO and Founder, Bryleos is a clinical stage therapeutics company whose lead asset, BNAD101, is a patent-pending, novel oral composition of NAD+, clinically proven to significantly increase intracellular NAD levels in five days. The company intends to use the funds to develop its novel oral composition of NAD+, BNAD101.

From West Tennessee but a Virtual Opportunity:

The Tennessee APEX Accelerator, the new name of the University of Tennessee’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center, is hosting the “West Tennessee Procurement Opportunities Conference” as a virtual opportunity this week. Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT June 21 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDT June 22, the event has separate registrations for each day, and online space is limited. To learn more, click here.

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