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The Last Word: UTD’s Balakrishnan Prabhakaran on Virtual Reality Tech for Phantom Limb Pain

The Mr. MAPP system uses a laptop, camera, and VR headset to create a virtual 3D model of the user’s missing or paralyzed limb. Wearing the VR headset, Peterson played a series of games where the virtual model of his missing lower leg did things like stomp the floor or burst a bubble.
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UT Dallas and Novartis Are Using Math to Speed Drug Discoveries
“The advantage of our algorithm is that it could screen about 100,000 compounds in a couple of days, which is much faster than other methods,” UT Dallas' Dr. Baris Coskunuzer says.
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How Axxess’ John Olajide Built a Bootstrapped Unicorn in Dallas
Axxess founder John Olajide built his Dallas-based healthcare tech company from a fledgling startup in 2007 to a global company with 1,000 employees serving 3 million-plus patients. But the journey getting there wasn’t a straightforward path. 

He tells his own story to inspire others and strengthen the ecosystem. And he's confident that "we'll be celebrating several more unicorns going forward."
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The Last Word: UT Dallas’ Dr. Jung-Mo Ahn on Creating a New Cancer-Fighting Molecule

Dr. Ahn is working on something very small that may have a profound, lifesaving impact on something hugely dangerous. In collaboration with UTSW Medical Center professor Dr. Ganesh Raj and UTHSC San Antonio's Ratna Vadlamudi, Ahn has created a molecule that can kill an array of cancers, including an aggressive form of breast cancer. The goal of the molecules is to prevent molecular “handshakes” between proteins that can cause out-of-control cell growth that spreads cancer further.
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Fort Worth’s Lucid Hearing Launches Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids as New FDA Rule Kicks In
Today is the first day that over-the-counter hearing aids can be sold without a prescription. It’s a moment that Fort Worth-based Lucid Hearing has been eyeing for years.
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The Last Word: UT Dallas’ Dr. Aria Nosratinia on Tackling ‘Hardware Trojans’ With $1M NSF Grant
by | Oct 13, 2022
UT Dallas says that black-hat modifications to integrated circuits—known as "hardware trojans"—can disrupt wireless networks and leak sensitive data. And as wireless phones and other devices evolve, the threat is only expected to grow. But two UT Dallas engineers are on the case—and they've got a three-year, $1 million National Science Foundation grant to help solve it. 
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The Last Word: UT Dallas’ Dr. Joshua Summers on Tech That Harvests Water From the Air
With mega-droughts drying up lakes out west and "water wars" predicted in the world's future, having reliable access to water is becoming more and more vital. A team at UT Dallas led by Dr. Xianming “Simon” Dai is doing something about it. They're working on a tech platform that could enable anyone to have "an affordable, portable device that could access water anywhere, anytime conceivably using no external energy," according to the university.
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Dallas Route Optimization Startup Routora Aims to Help You Save Time, Money on the Road

by | Sep 20, 2022
It's easy to get from A to B. But what if you have to go from A to B to C to D to E? Finding the fastest way to complete all the stops can be daunting. But now a UT Dallas computer science student has co-founded Routora—a free Google Maps extension tool that reorders your stops for the fastest, most efficient trip. While still in beta, the tool has already attracted around 3,000 users from 70 countries. “By creating more efficient routes, not only are they saving money on gas, but they're also emitting less carbon into the atmosphere," says Routora Co-founder and CEO Tom Vazhekatt.
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‘A Global Influencer of Technology and Innovation’: Richardson Opens HQ for Its Innovation Quarter
by | Sep 15, 2022
The 27,500-square-foot new HQ—in partnership with UT Dallas—anchors Richardson's 1,200-acre Innovation Quarter. A masterwork of vision planning years in the making, it's a catalyst to spark innovation and nuture collaborations—and attract hundreds of entrepreneurial businesses. Six new UT Dallas research centers will initially launch at the IQ HQ, helping to build businesses and commercialize research coming from the nearby university.

“We are a global presence," Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker said at the event. "And the vision that we have here is that we will be a global influencer of technology and innovation."
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The Last Word: Bright Owl’s Sofia Babool Offers Advice to College Students Launching a Startup
Babool graduated from UT Dallas a few months ago with a bachelor's degree in neuroscience—and a new business she was getting off the ground. Last month she officially launched Bright Owl, a virtual tutoring company that's already served K-12 students from Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, California, Canada, and Pakistan.
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Meet the 43 Finalists for the 2022 Tech Titans Awards
Every year, Tech Titans highlights the top movers and shakers in the North Texas technology ecosystem. Here are the finalists in 11 categories. Winners will be announced at the group's signature gala in October.
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The Last Word: Toyota’s Trey Spyropoulos on the SWARM Connected Mobility Hackathon

Over 400 Toyota software and hardware engineers from around the world gathered at the company's Plano campus last month for the SWARM Connected Mobility Hackathon—a 36-hour companywide “concept-to-creation” challenge. And seven UT Dallas students were along for the ride.
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DI People: Kimberly-Clark, Sabre, Charles Schwab, and More Make Moves
by | Jul 29, 2022
In this week’s roundup of hires, promotions, and accolades in North Texas, you’ll also find news from DHD Films, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty, M2G Ventures, UT Dallas, the Dallas Museum of Art, MOOYAH, Successive Technologies, CG Infinity, and more.
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UT Dallas Is Merging Two Schools To Bring Arts, Humanities, and Tech Together
by | Jul 27, 2022
Aiming to forge "a new path for excellence, innovation, and growth in the arts," UT Dallas is merging two schools into one larger School of Arts, Humanities, and Technology. The combined school will give the university a strong, single academic presence for the arts while taking advantage of UTD’s future arts and performance complex, the $158 million Edith and Peter O’Donnell Jr. Athenaeum. The school's inaugural dean, Dr. Nils Roemer, says the move will "make a statement to the entire country about our commitment to arts, humanities, and technology."
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Follow the Money: BILT Gets $1.7M Air Force Grant for 3D Instructions App, PGA of America Invests in Golf Innovation, and More
by | Jul 25, 2022
Plus, Fort Worth's Harvest Returns raises new fund; new Ryan acquisition makes 2022 its most active M&A year; OpTic Gaming acquires Dallas chatbot startup; Dallas legal education firm boosts digital content library; and Fort Worth's Novaria Group acquires firm with giant aerospace clients.
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