Thursday's edition featured homegrown start-ups and large health care systems discussing developments ranging from improving health and reducing toxins in the environment to increasing options for alternative energy sources and thwarting financial fraud.
The briefing, sponsored by the
The company has developed naturally derived alternatives -- antibiotic, antibacterial sanitizers and enzyme products -- for replacing the use of toxic chemicals in a wide range of industries.
Its most ambitious project to date is providing probiotic chemicals to oil and gas companies involving in fracking. The chemicals help negate the need for toxic biocides with the deep underground wells involved in fracking.
Other products are designed to reduce the amount of ammonia produced in poultry farms, reduce the exposure risk of MRSA staph infections in public settings, and promote better nutrition, weight loss and physical strengthening regimens.
Wake Forest Innovations, the commercialization arm of
Causa was founded by Dr.
"Rapid advances are being made in the medical treatment of chronic and acute health problems, including skin diseases, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and HIV infection," Feldman said. "However, patients only benefit from those medical advances if they take their medications."
Causa developed electronic monitors on medication bottles that measure how well patients adhere to their treatment regimen. Adding an online survey component was a key development, Feldman said, because as it made patients "feel cared for and supervised, their adherence skyrocketed."
Feldman and his team are testing the intervention strategy with patients with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and depression who are served by
A local company that has progressed from concept to the marketplace is BioBook, an interactive electronic textbook currently being used by
"Biology can be a major barrier to overall college success, particularly for nonmajors required to take a science class as an elective," Johnson said. "After using the BioBook for a full semester, about 60 percent of nonmajor biology students said it made biology easier to learn, and 89 percent of instructors -- after testing it for two weeks -- said they wanted access to the full e-textbook version."
Similar books for anatomy, chemistry and physics are in development, along with other areas of biology. The short-term goal is to get the e-textbooks in 10 colleges.
West Third Street Media is hoping to capitalize on what its chief executive,
For example, Ingle said the company developed in two weeks a mobile app for the tech briefing.
"We try to start small and let the customer discover what they want from an app and what their end-user wants, and connect the dots," Ingle said.
He said an app made for the Winston-Salem Dash provides such items as a digital baseball card and an interactive way to participate in ballpark promotions and billboard contests.
Other presenters at Tuesday's briefing were Advanced Fraud Solutions (anti-fraud check solutions),
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