3 Things: UTSW Tests New Lung Assessment Tech


Today’s stories include technology that is breathing life into lung transplantation, a new app targeting “fanatical fans,” and an opportunity for aspiring young entrepreneurs. 

UT Southwestern Medical Center is testing technology that could make more lung transplants possible. UT Southwestern is the only center in Texas to run a test-trial for Ex-vivo lung perfusion, an assessment tool which allows physicians to evaluate lung condition. EVLP is expected to recondition lungs that would have otherwise been unsuitable for transplantation and could increase the number of lungs available for transplant by 10 to 15 percent. CBS DFW shared the story of John Herzig, the first patient in Texas to receive a lung evaluated with ELVP technology. 

Dallas-based app Dripthat is empowering the cosplay (costume roleplay) community to monetize their passion. Dripthat allows its users to share online content and determine their own prices without sponsors or ads. The app was released on iOS in May, and will be available on Android soon. CultureMap Dallas has more on why the creators chose to target this niche community of “fanatical fans.” 

Applications for an entrepreneurial accelerator program in McKinney are being accepted through July 16. SATUS will help young adults learn how to start their own companies and become entrepreneurs. The three-week program, which runs July 26-Aug. 13, will accept 40 applicants this year. To learn more and apply, visit satus.org/incubator.

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Julia Falcon contributed to this report.

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