Archive for July, 2019

Axxess Keeps Its Clients Ahead of the Curve on Major Medicare Change

Posted by Natalie Le

Last fall, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced that it would be transitioning home health agencies to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), which will put greater emphasis on patient needs and characteristics rather than on the amount of care.

Look Inside: Coworking the ‘Cowboys Way’

Posted by Lance Murray

Formation, the coworking experience located at the 91-acre Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters campus at The Star in Frisco officially opens to the public this Thursday.

With its one-of-a-kind connection to the Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones, Formation said members will experience the same level of luxury, office furniture and tools, and environment as the Cowboys executives and Jones family.…

TWU Receives Nearly $1M Grant to Bolster Education in STEM Fields

Posted by Lance Murray

Texas Woman’s University in Denton has been awarded a five-year, $999,794 grant by The National Science Foundation to support scholarships and projects boosting the number of students and graduates in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The grant is expected to support the Scholarships, Teams and Research (TWU STAR) project, which proposes a three-part approach to bring more students into the biology, biochemistry, chemistry, informatics (a branch of information engineering), mathematics, and computer science programs at TWU.…

Seeing Double: How UNT Dallas’ School of Business Dean Is Leading the Program’s Rapid Expansion

Posted by University of North Texas System

Dr. Karen Shumway took charge as dean of the School of Business at the University of North Texas at Dallas in January 2015. During the last four years, she has grown the School of Business from 500 students to now approaching 1,000.

Biologics Company LakePharma Opens Dallas Office

Posted by Natalie Le

Biological drugs, also known as “biologics,” are drugs derived from or containing living organisms or components of them. Although this may sound far-fetched, the biologics industry actually spans a wide range of products, from vaccines to gene therapy drugs. And now, with the opening of LakePharma’s Dallas office, this technology hits even closer to home.

Pizza Hut Lands the First-Ever Virtual Esports Stadium Rights Deal

Posted by Alex Edwards

From startups moving into the industry to nationally integrated partnerships to giant, first-of-their-kind facilities, esports has continually made major wave in North Texas. Hosted inside the region are numerous professional teams, gaming hubs, and major events. ESPN has even said Dallas is “second only to Los Angeles as the country’s capital of esports.”

Happy? Sad? New UTD Study Uses AI to Examine What Affects Our Emotions

Posted by Lance Murray

We all deal with emotions during busy days. Sometimes we’re happy—sometimes not. But what affects our emotional state? That’s what a new study involving university students hopes to find out.

The Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas is teaming up with Mindcurrent, a Portland, Oregon-based wellness startup, on a 45-day study that utilizes new artificial intelligence technology to chart human emotions in real time.…

DI People: One Technologies, ZeOmega, Dean Foods Make Executive Moves

Posted by Lance Murray

Across North Texas, companies are promoting and hiring people to take on leadership positions within their organizations. Dallas Innovates covers prominent personnel moves in Dallas-Fort Worth businesses and nonprofits—from the newest startups to well-established companies. Here are people moves tied to innovation and technology in the region.

Kanarys Launches Unique Workplace Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Platform

Posted by Lance Murray

The wait is over. Dallas-based Kanarys—a technology platform that fosters collaboration between companies and employees on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace—has officially launched.

The launch was celebrated last week at a party at One Arts Plaza.

Kanarys’ first-of-its-kind platform allows a company to measure its performance against DEI benchmarks and identify areas of improvement and growth.…

Kimberly-Clark ‘RightCycles’ a Giraffe’s Worth of Nitrile Gloves from Dallas Zoo

Posted by Payton Potter

Irving-based Kimberly-Clark Corporation is working to make a difference by upcycling its hard-to-recycle products, and the evidence is visible right here in North Texas.

The Dallas Zoo has partnered with Kimberly-Clark’s RightCycle Program to create a better world for animals by recycling its own waste.…

How Thin Crusts and Craft Brews Built Eno’s Pizza Business

Posted by Liz Goodwin

If Eno’s Pizza Tavern owner Shane Spillers lived by a set of ABCs, it would be atmosphere, brew, and “cracker thin” crust.

The family-owned restaurant company was born in Bishop Arts just as the Great Recession was beginning in 2008, but now with locations in Forney and at Cypress Waters in Coppell, the pizza chain is spreading the world about thin-crust pizza and craft brews.…

Irving-Based Textellent is Awarded a Patent for Its TCPA Compliant Telemarketing Texts

Posted by Alex Edwards

For businesses looking to connect with customers where they’re usually always looking—on their phones—this Irving company might have the solution.

Textellent, an SMS texting platform provider for customer service and marketing, has been granted a patent for its AI-powered innovation that includes new TCPA compliance.…

Discovery: UTD Works to Make Nanomedicines Safer; UTSW’s Breakthrough in Cancer Research

Posted by Lance Murray

Whats new, next, and reimagined in Dallas-Fort Worth ResearchEvery week, we do a little research of our own. We’re looking for scientists, professors, engineers, entrepreneurs—anybody, really—engaging in research and development across North Texas.

There’s plenty of good work being done. If you want to put R&D under your microscope, sign up for our e-newsletter.

Walgreens Adopts Dallas-Based Theatro’s SaaS Solutions for Nearly 10,000 Stores

Posted by Payton Potter

Dallas-based Theatro, a maker of wearable hardware and SaaS solutions, announced this week that it’s been chosen to provide “Software + Mobile Hardware as a Service” solutions to all Walgreens stores.

Called an all-inclusive, enterprise-wide solution, Theatro’s “Software + Mobile Hardware as a Service” includes a full suite of products that lets floor workers access more than 80 voice-enabled mobile apps, all through a wearable headset.…

SMU Researchers Among Team Using Video Game Tech to Fight Cancer in Africa

Posted by Lance Murray

Global health researchers and video game designers from Dallas’ Southern Methodist University are part of an international team using video game technology to train surgeons in sub-Saharan Africa to perform life-saving cancer surgeries.

One of the world’s most preventable and treatable forms of cancer, cervical cancer, remains a major mortality issue in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to SMU.…

Tyler Technologies Signs $85M 10-Year Deal With North Carolina Judicial System

Posted by Lance Murray

Tyler Technologies Inc. has signed its largest-ever software-as-a-service agreement—an almost $85 million agreement over 10 years with the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts and North Carolina Judicial Branch.

The deal gives the state use of several products from Tyler’s Odyssey suite, including Odyssey Case Manager, Odyssey File & Serve, and Odyssey Attorney Manager, and will allow for e-filing and online access to the state’s judicial system, Tyler said.…

Follow the Money: Naya Raising $2.5M to Back Viviota; Tenet Plans Conifer Spin-Off; Compass Datacenters Makes Acquisition

Posted by Lance Murray

What companies are finding funding or having a big exit? From startup investments to grants to acquisitions, Dallas Innovates tracks what’s happening in North Texas money every Thursday. Sign up for our e-newsletter to stay in the loop.

Have a deal we should know about?…

3 DFW Workforce Agencies Get State Grants Totaling $908K

Posted by Lance Murray

Three innovative workforce skills training and job placement programs in Dallas-Fort Worth have received Texas Talent Connections grants to support their initiatives in helping people become, and stay, employed.

The grants are among $5.2 million awarded to 15 agencies across the state, administered by the Texas Workforce Investment Council in the Governor’s Economic Development and Tourism division.…

Dallas is One of 40 Cities Chosen For Twitter’s First-Ever Global Experiential Activation

Posted by Alex Edwards

Remember back in March when a mysterious gold box appeared in Klyde Warren Park? We told you all about the sparkly anomaly, which was actually a public art initiative designed to give people around the world an intimate social experience.

Created by Shared_Studios, the project transforms old shipping containers, called Portals, with immersive audiovisual technology for “face-to-face” interactions.…

Common Desk is Powering Coworking and Office Amenities With Its New Mobile App

Posted by Alex Edwards

Common Desk’s slew of locations throughout Texas—with more slated to open this year—has easily made it a major player in the coworking game. But, beyond that, the Dallas-headquartered company has a workday brand portfolio that includes coffee, wellness, and now, technology.