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October 26th, 2015

October 26th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Chattanooga Doctor Becomes “World’s First” 10 Gig Residential Customer
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Dr. Jim Busch got bragging rights Tuesday as the first person in the world to have a 10- gigabit-per-second residential Internet connection installed in his home. At least, that’s what EPB announcedFriday, exactly one week after the Chattanooga utility announced it would amp up the speed of its single-gig Internet service to 10 gigs for residents willing to shell out $299 a month. Busch, a radiologist and entrepreneur who has an 1800s-era home in Battery Place, a downtown Chattanooga neighborhood overlooking the Tennessee River, was the first to bite. “When I heard about the 10- gig thing, I thought, ‘I definitely want to try that,'” he said. Busch needs it for work. He’s president of Diagnostic Radiology Consultants and frequently needs to download and upload massive diagnostic image files while he’s at home.

East TN Continues Strong Representation in the Third Year of “The TENN”
Teknovation
Launch Tennessee formally presented the nine start-ups in the third edition of its “The TENN” master accelerator program at last week’s quarterly meeting of the organization’s Board of Directors in Nashville. Three of the nine are East Tennessee-based – Branch Technology (Chattanooga) and both Innovasan and Sing and Spell (Knoxville). As I thought about one-third of the companies coming from East Tennessee, I reflected back over the now three-year history of “The TENN” and realized just how significant a contributor this region has been to the program.

Gov. Haslam, Commissioner Boyd Announce Regal Entertainment Group to Relocate New Corporate HQ in Knoxville
Tennessee ECD
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Regal Entertainment Group announced today the company will locate its new corporate headquarters on Knoxville’s South Waterfront.Regal, which operates the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. theater circuit, expects to create 75 new jobs.“We want to congratulate and thank Regal Entertainment Group on their long-term commitment to Tennessee and the new jobs that will be created in Knoxville,” Haslam said. “Regal is a company that could do business anywhere in the country, and when a company like Regal chooses Tennessee over the rest of the country it sends the message that we can and will compete with anyone, and we are grateful that they will be here for years to come.”

How Can Nashville’s Tech Scene Compete with Peers Like Austin? CIO Awards Winners Sound Off
Nashville Business Journal
Last week, our 2015 CIO Awards winners shared what they see as the most overhyped piece of tech from recent years(anyone still carrying their Microsoft Zune?). This week, our winners share what Nashville’s tech scene needs to compete with peer cities like Austin.

Intermedix Moves Execs, Plans Nashville Innovation Lab
The Tennessean
Intermedix, a health care services company, is moving key executives to Nashville as it looks to expand its data analytics services. The company, currently headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will open an innovation lab as it looks to grow its suite of data offerings. “We’re looking to significantly expand our data analytics offering so the innovation lab will be the hub for those operations. Nashville was the clear choice given the level of expertise in the area for health care IT,” said Lisa Osborne, spokeswoman for the company. CEO Joel Portice will start from the Nashville office in December and be joined by the COO, CFO and chief information officer. There will be 116 employees in total, including some new hires.

The Memphis Daily News
Through conversations with health care industry professionals, Ryan Freiden saw a need he thought he could fill. Hospitals have an obligation to care for patients. But it’s not possible for facilities to stock every combination of medication, devices or equipment that is needed for care. So often those facilities borrow from each other. “And even though they are competitors, they have a moral obligation to the patient,” said Freiden, who started LendMed a year ago in an effort to find a solution. “They say to Hospital Z, ‘Hey, do you have XYZ device,’ and they’ll lend it.”

 


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