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Tech Czar Talk: Akron deserves props for being an emerging center for games, software

This week the Tech Czar explores the powerful data analytics software developed by Segmint and the rich gaming experiences being fueled by Blue Frog Gaming, both companies calling Akron home.

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BoxCast and 1450WXVW to Broadcast High School Football

BoxCast, a Cleveland, OH-based technology company that delivers streaming high-definition video broadcasts, is partnering with 1450WXVW: The Sports Buzz, a radio station based in Jeffersonville, IN, to broadcast Kentuckiana high school football this fall. Together, the companies will offer sports fans access to live HD streaming of local football games, including video, highlights and to-the-minute score updates.

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Flight simulator technology helps brain surgeons

Neurosurgeons at University Hospitals Case Medical Center are working with ex-Israeli Air Force officers on a surgical simulator using the same technology as flight simulators to allow realistic, interactive run-throughs of brain surgeries prior to actual procedures. The surgical simulator, called Surgical Rehearsal Platform (SRP) and developed by the Cleveland-based company Surgical Theater LLC, uploads and transforms medical images, such as CT and MRI scans of patients, into life-like, dynamic and interactive 3D models.

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New-wave insulin maker Thermalin Diabetes raises $5.9M

Thermalin Diabetes is picking up steam – and funding – as it develops a more concentrated and faster-acting version of insulin. The Boston and Cleveland-based company just raised $5.9 million from private investors in the first tranche of a Series B round. To date, it has raised about $15 million in equity and $8 million in NIH grants.

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Tech Czar Talk: Schools could learn a lesson from this new technology

One of the more fascinating entrepreneurial stories I have come across in Northeast Ohio has to be that of former math teacher Elijah Stambaugh, his growing firm Learning Egg and the company's product Lightning Grader . . . The software allows a teacher to create an assessment (what anyone over 40 knows as a quiz or test), the grading key and a means to print the assessment . . .  After Stambaugh developed the software, he then began to raise capital. To date, he has received the Innovation Fund Grant A ($25,000) from Glide (www.glideit.org) based at Lorain County Community College . . .

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Surgical Theater receives FDA approval for surgical navigation advanced platform

Surgical Theater, a Mayfield Village, Ohio-based startup, has received FDA approval for its latest product — the surgical navigation advanced platform, or SNAP, which provides surgeons with a 3D road map during medical procedures. The company’s first device, the surgical rehearsal platform, reconstructs CT and MRI images into 3D models, allowing surgeons to practice and plan specific patients’ surgeries. The new device, which launched in April, brings the technology inside the operating room and allows neurosurgeons to see behind arteries and other critical structures.

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