Lawrence-based Ainstein taking flight with jetpack founder in Red Bull Air Race

By: Elyssa Bezner, Intern   June 12, 2018 When the founder of JetPack Aviation blasts to the sky later this month in Red Bull’s Air Race World Championship, it will be a testament to the innovation and quality at Ainstein, a Kansas radar tech firm, said Bryan C. Boots. “Although our products are widely deployed today in unmanned aviation (drone) applications, this will be the first time that we know of that one of our products will be used in a manned flight,” said Boots, business development manager for the Lawrence-based company. “It represents a big leap for us as a company in that…
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KU team wins NSA funding to improve security for Internet of Things with ‘big-thinking’ research

LAWRENCE — Every day, more and more people interact with the Internet of Things (IoT) in daily life. The IoT includes the devices and appliances in our homes — such as smart TVs, virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa or learning thermostats like Nest — that connect to the internet. The IoT also includes wearables such as the Apple Watch or Bluetooth chips that keep track of car keys. Our cars themselves, if equipped with sensors and computers, are also part of the IoT. “Traditionally, when you think about the internet, it’s someone on a computer communicating with something out in…
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FCT certified as a B Corporation, meeting strict social and environmental standards

Groundbreaking software company improving the lives of foster children commits to rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Lawrence, KS  – January 2, 2018 – Foster Care Technologies (FCT), provider of the world’s only scientific, data-driven software for improving placements of children in foster homes, today announced that it has officially become a Certified B Corporation. B Corporations must pass an exhaustive assessment that reviews their commitment to improving communities, the natural environment and society through their businesses practices. FCT joins the rapidly growing movement of more than 2,300 Certified B Corporations from 121 industries, across 40…
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Doing Their Research

by David Mitchell Vol. 27 Issue 2 Lisa Stehno-Bittel apparently has a pretty good poker face. During the first year of running Likarda, the biotech startup she co-founded, a new employee eyed the company’s president and offered a blunt assessment of the academic turned entrepreneur. “Leading people is a lot of what goes into a business,” he said. “She had experience leading people and built a successful program—one of the top 10 programs in the country.” Ramachandran said the researchers understood their blind spots and hired legal and financial firms to help. They also had help building a business plan from…
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Ligand Establishes Program to Develop Captisol-Enabled, Next-Generation Contrast Agents for Diagnostic Imaging

January 18, 2018 Focus will be on hospital-based products that could benefit from reduced renal toxicity Leverages Captisol® and new intellectual property from Verrow Pharmaceuticals acquisition SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ: LGND) announces initiation of a program to develop contrast agents with reduced renal toxicity. Contrast agents are injectable solutions used during diagnostic imaging procedures. Through this new, internally-funded program, Ligand intends to advance products toward proof-of-concept, followed by selling or out-licensing them for further development and commercialization. The program will leverage Ligand’s patented Captisol® technology, as well as data and intellectual property obtained through its acquisition of…
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