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November 10th, 2015

November 10th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Believe in Yourself, Knoxville (and Why Startup Day Matters)
Jonathan Sexton for Knoxville Entrepreneur Center
Knoxville is so full of talent, creativity, and ideas. I’ve always THOUGHT I knew that. Being raised a musician here exposed me to that early on, singers, songwriters, poets, painters, craftsmen (and women) of so many kinds. I also thought for most of my life that’s what creativity was: Art.  And it is.  But Startup Day taught me that Knoxville’s Creative Capabilities were so much more than that, and so much bigger than I ever imagined. The inaugural Startup Day mattered because it was the beginning of a new chapter in the life of our city. A rebirth.  We don’t live in the same Knoxville that we did in November 2013, which is a beautiful thing, but what’s more beautiful is what’s still to come for Knoxville.

Franklin Life Sciences Company Lands $75M in Investment
Nashville Business Journal
Franklin-based DiaTech Oncology just got a lot more money to support its efforts to increase personalization in cancer treatment. Keyholder Investments, based in LiverPool, England, has entered into a $75 million asset-backed funding agreement with the company, which spun out of Vanderbilt University a little more than a decade ago. DiaTech’s primary product — a test called CorrectChemo that determines which chemotherapy drugs will be most effective for an individual patient — fits well into an ongoing movement toward more personalized medicine.

Haslam to Announce ‘Significant’ Economic Development Deal
Knoxville News Sentinel
Gov. Bill Haslam is planning to make what his office is calling a “significant” economic development announcement in Nashville. The governor is scheduled to be joined by Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd for the announcement at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday afternoon. Recent economic development deals have included a new $550 million headquarters for HPR Ammunition in Blount County; new corporate offices for Regal Entertainment in Knoxville; and $300 million expansion of Aluminum producer Alcoa’s automotive body sheet facility in eastern Tennessee.

LaunchTN Acts as Hub for Entrepreneurial Community
Charlie Brock for The Tennessean
At Launch Tennessee, we traffic in ideas. Our entrepreneur center network, and the many industry-specific programs, cohorts and workshops it offers, is focused on meeting entrepreneurs in the community and giving them a platform to fine-tune their concepts into a workable business. What that means is that our entire network does much more than simply talk about all the great ideas that come through our doors. Our teams buckle down with startups on two major areas of business development: innovation and commercialization…

NexAir’s Sam Noland Brings Female Touch to Heavy Industry
Memphis Daily News
NexAir’s Sam Noland isn’t a typical welder, not exactly lining up with the male-dominated industry stereotype. Noland is a woman but she’s an industry leader, working in nexAir’s department of technical specialists where she deals with automating, robotics welding and training. She runs the company’s weld lab in Memphis. Every story has a beginning, and for Noland it was her freshman year at Germantown High School. “I needed something active, and welding was active,” Noland said with a laugh. “I’m not good at sitting still and being quiet.”

The Chattanoogan
The organizers of Chattanooga’s next TEDx conference announce whose “crazy ideas” will be part of TEDxChattanooga, Feb. 27. How many times have you heard a conversation start out with “This might sound crazy, but…?” Some of the best ideas are born from these conversations, and that is exactly what organizers of TEDxChattanooga are hoping, said officials. Purchase tickets at www.tedxchattanooga.com and see the full speaker list here!

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