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DI People: Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, DallasNews Corp., JCPenney, Solo Brands, and More Make Leadership Moves

by | May 13, 2022
In this week’s roundup of hires, promotions, and accolades in North Texas, you’ll also find news from Securonix, Gig Wage, Unleashed Brands, DFW Alliance of Technology and Women, Yooz, ROBOAMP, Communities Foundation of Texas, Tarleton State University, , New Western, Westmount, SMU, SBI, OncoNano, and more.
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The Last Word: UT Dallas Professor xtine burrough on the Dancing Baby Meme
Read “who said what” in our roundup of quotes about all things North Texas, including Ferris City Manager Brooks Williams; new Dallas Fed President and CEO Lorie Logan; SMU grad Marillyn Seeberger; Corporate Finance Associates' Dan Vermeire; the TRA's Dr. Emily Williams Knight; entrepreneur coaching guru Nick Kennedy; and more.
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Fort Worth Immunotherapy Startup Gets $1.8M Grant Ahead of First Clinical Trials
by | May 12, 2022
AyuVis, an immunotherapy startup, is set to get a $1.8 million Small Business Innovation Research grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The funding will support the pre-clinical research of its drug candidate to treat the second-leading cause of death in premature babies.

Founder Suchismita Acharya calls the timing "perfect."
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The DEC Network Launches Second BIG iDEA DALLAS Entrepreneurial Program
by | May 12, 2022
The DEC Network, in partnership with Charles Schwab, is putting out a call for founders of color to apply for its BIG IDEA DALLAS cohort by May 16. It calls the seven-week program a "pre-step" in a founder's journey.
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Blackstone LaunchPad Blasts Off at UT Arlington

by | May 11, 2022
The program enables student entrepreneurs to earn national recognition and startup resources through a national network. Here's a look at several innovations students have developed within the program—from 3D-printed rock-climbing grips to autonomous drone software and more.
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North Texas Startup Wink Lands Funding for Biometric Payment Processing
by | May 10, 2022
Plano-based Wink has landed a $2.85 million pre-seed funding rounding, exceeding its initial target of $1 million by almost $2 million. Billing itself as the “first zero-click camera checkout,” Wink uses voice and facial recognition technology to allow users to make purchases without inputting financial information on their digital devices.
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Dallas Invents: 124 Patents Granted for Week of April 12
by | May 10, 2022
Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 10 for patents out of 250 metros. Patents granted include: Alcon's three-lens intraocular lens system, Berg's treatment of cancer by continuous infusion of coenzyme Q10, BLH Ecology Concepts' process to produce nanoparticles, CubicPV's perovskite material processing, IBM's prototype creation based on analytics and 3D printing, Lintec of America's manufacturing of artificial muscle actuators, QORVO's packages for advanced antenna systems, and USAA's autonomous vehicle control system.
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NFL and PGA Stars Join $12.5M Raise for Plano-Based Workout Tech Startup
by | May 10, 2022
Plano-based digital fitness systems startup OxeFit has announced new funding from backers including PGA golfer Dustin Johnson and Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

That brings OxeFit's total funding to more than $35 million, including existing backing from current and former Dallas Cowboys players Dak Prescott, Jason Witten, Dez Bryant, and Blake Jarwin.
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