Two health-related startups, an aircraft materials testing company and a business developing technology for foreign language learners are the newest clients that have joined TECH Fort Worth’s Smart Start program as they prepare to launch their products.
TECH Fort Worth is a nonprofit technology incubator with offices at the James E. Guinn Complex in Fort Worth, at the UNT Health Science Center’s Center for BioHealth and at the University of Texas at Arlington. TECH Fort Worth partners with entrepreneurs to help bring their early-stage product or service to market.
SmartStart focuses on helping an entrepreneur formalize the business framework necessary for a company with a viable product to execute its path to market strategies.
Aeroblaze Laboratory, founded by Andrew Feghali, will conduct flammability testing of aircraft materials. Its services will include generating test plans, performing flammability testing based on FAA standards and issuing FAA certifications. Initially, it will offer Bunsen burner and oil burn tests for seat cushions. Within the next year, Aeroblaze expects to add additional tests such as heat release and smoke density. Because it will have a designated engineering representative on staff, it can offer quick approvals for customers.
AyuVis Research is a drug discovery company working to counteract the hyper inflammation and infection from sepsis and related destructive inflammatory disorders. AyuVis initially plans to offer intravenous injection of the product for veterinarian patients and later make it available for humans. Company president Dr. Suchi Acharya expects the company to progress to Phase II clinical trial within three years.
Dynofit Inc. is a digital health company. Its initial product, the FlexDot, is a wearable electromyographic (EMG) sensor worn on the skin’s surface that sends information about muscle activation to the user’s mobile device, where it is used to provide motivational metrics. The cloud-based data stream allows the care provider to make decisions based on actual muscle activation data rather than patient reported information. FlexDot is designed to create better outcomes and lower costs for post-surgery rehab. Maria Schneider is CEO.
Jodi Tommerdahl, an associate professor at UT Arlington, is CEO of VisioSound Incorporated. The company is developing apps to help perfect pronunciation for those learning a foreign language. VisioSound is dedicated to developing personalized tools for foreign language learning using technology available on every smart phone and tablet.