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October 22nd, 2015

October 22nd, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

3D Ops, Erlanger Announce Hospital-Wide Pilot Project
Teknovation
Chattanooga-based 3D Operations, Inc., more commonly referred to as 3D Ops, and Erlanger Health System recently announced a partnership to conduct the world’s first hospital-wide study of printing 3D models of patient-specific anatomy to help surgeons plan procedures before entering the operating room. The 3D models are exact replicas of organs that doctors can use to plan surgery or practice medical procedures. The 3D printer uses images from patients’ MRI or CT scans as a template and creates a model from layers and layers of rubber, plastic, or other synthetic materials. The models can also help train medical students and demonstrate complicated procedures to patients. The company is an alum of the city “GIGTANK” program.

Lineup Set for Third Nashville Analytics Summit
SouthernAlpha
The chief data scientist of HCA and the CEOs of reFocus Analytics out of Georgia and           Nashville-based Juice Analytics are among the speakers scheduled to be part of the third Nashville Analytics Summit early next month. The two-day event organized by the Nashville Technology Council and BI Data Analytics will take place Nov. 5 and 6 at the headquarters of Tractor Supply and aim to give business leaders of all stripes ideas and tools to help them take advantage of the data they’re generating.

Memphis Conference to Feature 22 Medical Device Startups
Memphis Business Journal
The 13th Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference — held at the FedEx Institute of Technology — will showcase 22 promising medical device startups from Tuesday, Nov. 3, to Wednesday, Nov. 4. But the event will also address two of the most important issues for medical device startups: raising capital and the regulatory environment. Gary Stevenson, managing partner of MB Venture Partners, the conference’s longtime host, said the panel discussions will cover the complicated environment companies face for product approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and the decline in capital invested in medical device companies over the last five years.

Partner Podcast Series: Charlie Brock of Launch Tennessee
Clark Buckner with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center
Charlie Brock is the CEO and President of Launch Tennessee, an organization Making Tennessee the #1 place in the Southeast to start and grow a company. In this interview, he sits down to talk about his background, a few different projects happening at LaunchTN and the future of entrepreneurship in the region. You can listen to the full interview and check out some highlights in the link!

Watts Bar 2 Becomes Nation’s First Nuclear Reactor of the 21st Century
Nooga.com
Getting to this point wasn’t easy, but officials announced Thursday morning that the Tennessee Valley Authority has received an operating license for its Watts Bar Unit 2—making it the country’s first new nuclear reactor of the 21st century to come into service. U.S. Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander both praised the milestone. “Watts Bar Unit 2 is the country’s first new reactor built in the 21st century, and I am very pleased to see it is ready to go online,” Alexander said in a prepared statement. “Soon, it will bring cheap, clean and reliable energy, as well as good-paying jobs, to the Tennessee Valley.”

Nashville Business Journal
In the six or so months since Russ Reeder took over as CEO, Nashville political engagement startup iCitizen has set up shop in fancy new digs in SoBro, bulked up its workforce from fewer than to 10 to more than 50 people and raised a couple million dollars. But there’s a chance this could’ve all been happening elsewhere. Reeder was told by the startup’s board he could move the company if he needed to. But while he considered the Bay Area briefly, he told me Monday, Nashville’s relative affordability convinced him Music City was the place to stay.

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