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Dallas’ MedCognetics Gets $750K NIH Grant to Research Unbiased AI for Breast Cancer Detection

by | Jan 26, 2023
Last month, we told you about MedCognetics getting FDA clearance for its unbiased AI-enabled software for breast cancer screening. Today, the Dallas-based company announced it has been awarded $750,000 from an NIH program to research unbiased AI for breast cancer detection. The NIH's AIM-AHEAD program—short for Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Consortium to Advance Health Equity and Researcher Diversity—awarded the grant. "This NIH grant will play an important role in future product development as well as helping us further expand our global market penetration," said MedCognetics CEO Debasish Nag.
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How UT Southwestern Medical Center Nurtures Next-Gen Health Care Leaders
by | Dec 30, 2022
As one of the nation’s premier academic medical centers, nurturing employees for management and leadership roles is mission critical. The medical center, with its workforce of nearly 23,000, received the 2022 BOLD award for its leadership development. “As we do with our scientific, medical, and training missions, we apply data-driven strategies to nurture leaders who contribute to our institution’s culture of integrity, inclusiveness, and collaboration, and extend those qualities throughout the organization,” Holly Crawford said.
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Dallas’ MedCognetics Gets FDA Clearance for Its AI-Enabled Breast Cancer Screening Software
by | Dec 20, 2022
The early-stage startup's QmTRIAGE software platform uses AI and machine learning to detect early breast cancers with a "high rate" of accuracy, MedCognetics says. The company has worked with UT Southwestern and UT Dallas to ensure its AI improves outcomes for "all ethnicities," at a time when racial disparities in AI have become a growing concern.
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SMU Is Bringing Its ‘Innovative Biotech Research’ to Pegasus Park
by | Oct 24, 2022
The Biotech+ Hub at Pegasus Park in Dallas has been attracting more and more life science startups and university teams. Now a whole herd of Mustangs are about to stampede there. The SMU Institute for Computational Biosciences at Pegasus Park will have space at the 23-acre development. SMU researchers from a variety of disciplines will be focusing on bio-scientific discoveries, leveraging advanced computational algorithms and technologies.

"We're excited to give SMU faculty this new opportunity to pursue world-changing research for good and to do so in close proximity to a broad range of academic, medical, corporate, and non-profit collaborators," says SMU Provost Elizabeth Loboa. "We're excited to give SMU faculty this new opportunity to pursue world-changing research for good and to do so in close proximity to a broad range of academic, medical, corporate, and non-profit collaborators," says SMU Provost Elizabeth Loboa.
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The Last Word: UTSW’s Dr. Jaclyn Albin on How Culinary Medicine May Cure What Ails You

From obesity to cardiovascular disease, we live in an era of unprecedented diet-related health problems. But Dr. Albin, who leads the Culinary Medicine program at UT Southwestern, and her team are trying to cook up a solution by reviewing programs at medical schools across the U.S. The review of programs by UT Southwestern researchers has been published in Academic Medicine, the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.
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CPRIT Is Funding the Development of Products That Fight Cancer
by | Sep 6, 2022
The Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas has provided more than $3.1 billion in funding toward the development of cancer-fighting therapeutics, devices, diagnostics, and tools since 2010. It's now issued a call for startups and early-stage companies to apply for product development research grants for the 2023 fiscal year. “CPRIT’s mission is to invest in the research prowess of Texas institutions while expediting breakthroughs in cancer cures and prevention,” CEO Wayne Roberts said last May.
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UT Southwestern Opens Clinic at RedBird in Southern Dallas
by | Aug 29, 2022
UT Southwestern Medical Center at RedBird is a new, 150,000-square-foot hospital that instantly becomes a core feature of the redeveloped Redbird Mall. Located in a former Sears store, the new hospital marks the first time UTSW has transformed a former retail space into a regional medical center. “In RedBird, we recognized an opportunity to expand our footprint in Dallas and to have a vital presence in a community that has traditionally been underserved by the health care industry," said UTSW's Dr. Marc Nivet.
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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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Dallas-Founded Biopharma Firm Raises $120M to Expand its Pipeline

by | Jun 29, 2022
ReCode Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical startup using a non-viral lipid nanoparticle delivery platform for gene therapies, has closed a $120 million extension to a funding round it raised last year to help bring its lead programs to human trials and “follow the science” to target new diseases. With a research team working out of BioLabs' life sciences facility at Pegasus Park, ReCode aims to grow its global team from about 70 to 100 over the next year.
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DI People: Match Group, Island, UT Southwestern, BBG, and More Announce Leadership Moves
by | May 6, 2022
In this week’s roundup of hires, promotions, and accolades in North Texas, you’ll also find news from Techstars Physical Health Fort Worth Accelerator, Divurgent, IKS Health, Invitation Homes, Comerica, New Friends New Life, Lennox, Trademark Property, Golden State Foods, and Catapult Health.
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Capital Factory Opening Center for Health Innovation at Pegasus Park in Dallas
by | May 5, 2022
The Austin-based accelerator and investor plans to launch its Center for Health Innovation at Pegasus Park in Dallas by end of 2023. Its goal: connecting startups locally and across the state with each other, as well as other corporate and research players in the space.

“We're in the business of erasing boundaries in Texas—full stop,” President and Co-Founder Bryan Chambers told Dallas Innovates.
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UT Southwestern Team Awarded $8.8M to Participate in Genomic Variation Consortium

by | Oct 25, 2021
The team is led by UTSW assistant professor Gary Hon, Ph.D., who developed Mosaic-seq, a gene engineering technique that helped lead to the grant award. UTSW will now become a research partner in a new $185M National Institutes of Health (NIH) initiative to build on findings of the Human Genome Project.
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The Future of Medical Education
Learn the ways medical school classrooms are looking more and more futuristic by incorporating simulation learning into their curriculums.
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Dallas ‘DocStars’ on COVID and Pregnancy, Cancer and Spine Studies, and Working Till Midnight on Early-Stage Research
by | Oct 4, 2021
In partnership with the Southwestern Medical Foundation, the Cary Council awarded $50K grants to each of its three 2021 young "DocStars." On a recent "What's Up Doc?" virtual event, the young investigators spoke about how their research projects are going, what they hope to achieve—and why the seed grants are a catalyst for medical innovation.
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OncoNano Expands Research Collaboration With UT Southwestern to Advance New Cancer Therapies
by | Sep 22, 2021
Southlake-based OncoNano Medicine uses pH-sensitive nanoparticle technology to "light up" cancer for real-time surgical imaging. The multi-year collaboration will seek to uncover new cancer therapies that can benefit from OncoNano's technology. OncoNano raised $50 million in Series B funding in June.
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