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Pittsburgh Tech News Round Up 4/13/17

Pittsburgh Tech News Round Up 4/13/17

Article Published: April 13, 2017

SoundcomSoundCom Completes EQT Install

SoundCom, out of the Pittsburgh office, recently completed a project that was custom redesign and install for EQT.  The project was to completely upgrade and redesign the boardroom at EQT headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh.  SoundCom Installed a state of the art video wall, incorporated pop up monitors in boardroom table and ceiling retractable monitors.

For nearly 40 years, SoundCom Systems has been providing cutting-edge sound, video, and communications solutions for businesses and institutions of nearly every size. SoundCom is ranked among the top 25 systems integration firms in the U.S. by Systems Contractor News, and has ranked among the top 50 since 2004. With offices in Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Grand Rapids, Cincinnati, Flint and Lansing SoundCom has the knowledge, experience, and scalability to meet virtually any project scope and deadline with an attention to detail and focus on quality that is unrivaled in the industry. From initial project conception through turn-key installation, SoundCom provides a comprehensive suite of services with on-going, post installation support and training helping our customers reach higher...everything else is just noise. For more information, visit www.soundcom.net.

ALung Technologies Closes $36 Million Financing

Investment led by Philips and UPMC to fund pivotal trial of artificial lung technology

ALung Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of low-flow extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal (ECCO2R) technologies for treating patients with acute respiratory failure, announced today the closing of a $36 million Series C financing, including existing convertible notes. The round was led by Philips and UPMC, through its innovation and commercialization arm UPMC Enterprises, with other new and existing investors participating. The funding will support a planned US-based pivotal trial for FDA approval of the company's Hemolung Respiratory Assist System (RAS), a minimally invasive artificial lung device which removes carbon dioxide independently of the lungs through a process called Respiratory Dialysis®.

Neuro Kinetics Announces Another Breakthrough in Eye Tracking Assessment and Technology

Neuro Kinetics, Inc. (NKI), the global leader in clinical eye tracking and neural functional assessment, announces the issuance of its 19th U.S. patent covering eye pupil measurement and analysis. This new patent addresses separate stimulation of one pupil, while accurately measuring both the stimulated pupil and the un-stimulated pupil. Asymmetry in such a test is a key indicator of potentially serious health issues.

This award by the U.S. Patent and Trademarks Office, patent # 9,596,986, a "METHOD FOR MEASURING AND ANALYZING OCULAR RESPONSE IN A SUBJECT USING STABLE PUPILLARY PARAMETERS", expands NKI's protections around the use of video oculography (eye tracking technology), in particular the use of NKI's I-Portal® technology, to accurately measure the various dynamics of eye reflexes. This new patent builds on the protection provided in NKI's U.S. Patent #9,198,571, issued in December of 2015, which addresses pupil constriction and dilation as seen in images captured at greater than 60Hz.

ThrivalThrival Innovation + Music Festival Announces Return to Carrie Furnaces

Celebrating its fifth year, Pittsburgh’s Thrival Innovation + Music Festival has announced its outdoor live music experience will take place September 29-30 at the Carrie Furnaces, a former blast furnace facility turned national historic site.

Retired in late 1970s and operated by the nonprofit, Rivers of Steel, the Carrie Furnaces are part and parcel to Pittsburgh’s industrial past; a narrative that Thrival is keen to preserve.

“We’ve turned the mill back on. It just functions differently,” says Dan Law, director of Thrival. “Instead of hearing shift whistles, you hear a bass line. It’s one way of telling Pittsburgh’s comeback story, but this demonstrates what is possible with imagination and creativity.”

Founded in 2013, Thrival is produced by Ascender, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit that has grown the festival from community block party to a flagship regional event celebrating Pittsburgh’s resurgence as a fast-evolving tech and creative hub.

The entire festival runs September 27-30, with two days of “immersive, innovation-focused programming” preceding the music. More details on Thrival Innovation — including host sites, themes, and a new national partnership — will be released soon.

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