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September 28th, 2015

September 28th, 2015

Advanced Catheter Therapies Receives Second 510(k) Clearance
Advanced Catheter Therapies, Inc., today announced that its Occlusion Perfusion Catheter™ (OPC) has received its second U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance. The patented OPC is a universal targeted therapeutic agent delivery catheter. ACT is a research and development medical device company with a portfolio of innovative catheter technologies initially targeting peripheral vascular disease. “ACT is very excited about this second FDA 510(k) clearance for the OPC,” said Mark Rich, VP Business Development for ACT. “With the additional range of sizes, ACT can now offer treatment delivery options for vessels 3mm-10mm in diameter and disease length up to 15cm in length.” ACT is in talks with several potential partners for the licensing rights to bring OPC forward to full commercialization.

Chattanooga Entrepreneur Aims to Heal Using Touch
Local entrepreneur Shane Ginder started his body work business in 2013 with a central idea: The power of touch is a strong way to heal. After graduating from Miller-Motte Technical College in 2012 and leaving a career as a musician, Ginder now practices an all-inclusive approach to relaxing through his business, called Shane Ginder Body Work. He practices techniques such as reiki, a Japanese healing method that channels energy through touch; craniosacral therapy, a massage focused on reharmonizing the central nervous system and the head; and myofascial release, a soft tissue therapy aimed to cure skeletal muscle pain.

Four Companies to Pitch at Life Science TN’s Fourth Annual Venture Forum
More than 200 executives representing the life science industry across Tennessee will be in Nashvilleon Tuesday for the Life Science Tennessee’s annual conference. While the two-day conference will feature sessions with leading life science executives, thought leaders and legislative supporters of the industry, one event of note is the fourth annual venture forum. Waller Landsen Dortch & Davis, LLP will provide a $5,000 cash prize to the winning pitch from this competition among four companies. The conference will also serve to launch their Statewide Mentor Network, a program designed to bring top industry experience to life science startups across Tennessee.  With a partnership with LaunchTN and the state’s existing accelerator network, the goal of the program is to build a strong statewide mentor pool that includes life science experts across a broad spectrum of industry sectors. As of now, about 30 mentors are actively participating in the program, which connects them to up-and-coming life science entrepreneurs.

Lyft Moving Customer Service HQ to Nashville
Nashville Business Journal
Startup Angels leaders, who are bringing AngelSummit US to the Gig City next month, have dubbed Chattanooga the next Boulder, Colorado. “I think Chattanooga has the potential to be the Boulder of the South,” founder and CEO Leslie Jump told Nooga.com recently, adding that the city has smart people, great universities and similar outdoor activities to Boulder. Startup Angels is a global organization for new angel investors to learn about the industry and new markets. Through next month’s AngelSummit on Oct. 13–14—which coincides with Startup Week—leaders aim to facilitate new investment opportunities and partnerships.

Memphis Library Opens Teen Tech Center
High Ground News
The Memphis Public Library & Information Center opened a state-of-the-art teen learning lab this week. CLOUD901 will be a new home for teens to hang out in a world of technology at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. Considered a first of its kind in the U.S., the free space officially opens to teens ages 13 to 18 at 11 a.m. Sept. 16. CLOUD901 is an 8,300-square-foot creative production space. It is filled with technology that will help teens learn in a 21st century style based on collaboration, innovation, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking. “One of the intentions of the library is to level the playing field,” said Kennon McCloy, Director of Libraries. “To have a space for 13- to 18-year-olds is unusual. There are robotics and STEM programs at schools, but this is really open to all people regardless of background. This is a place where people can learn in an informal setting. We hope to be the intersection for people of different backgrounds. People from private schools and public schools can make art together or work on coding a video game together.”

Google for Entrepreneurs
Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.  Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.  Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.  Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

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