UofL professor researches peptoids and COVID

A team led by Gill Diamond, a professor in the department of oral immunology and infectious diseases at the University of Louisville and Annelise E. Barron, a Stanford University bioengineering professor, has discovered that peptoids can be used to fight a variety of viruses. The researchers discovered that certain peptoids could be used to combat viruses such as SARS-CoV-2.

UK panel discusses Delta variant

With news of the delta variant of COVID spreading comes questions about vaccine rates and effectiveness. A panel at the University of Kentucky and UK HealthCare participated in a discussion about these issues and what we might expect this fall.

Virtual Peaker partners with Enel X

Cloud-based energy platform Virtual Peaker has partnered with Enel X to offer smart home energy solutions to utility providers and their customers from coast to coast. The Virtual Peaker and Enel X teams have signed multi-device agreements to provide software and energy services for two innovative public utilities: Snohomish County PUD (SnoPUD) and Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC).

LOJIC receives Enterprise GIS award

For their work in achieving geospatial information sharing across county regions, Louisville/Jefferson County Information Consortium (LOJIC) received the Enterprise GIS Award at this year’s 2021 Esri International User Conference. Produced by the Environmental Systems Research Institute, the Esri International User Conference is the world’s largest event dedicated to geographic information system technology.

Engineering firm CMTA to be acquired

San Jose, Calif.-based Therma Holdings announced that it will acquire CMTA Inc., a Louisville-based engineering firm that focuses on energy efficient buildings and energy savings performance contracts for hospitals, universities, federal facilities and municipalities. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

AutoBio semifinalist in SEMA Launch Pad competition 

Louisville-based startup AutoBio developed a removable window cling for the car with a code that can be scanned to get all of the car’s info on the user’s smartphone. Now the company will join 14 other semifinalists to compete in the SEMA Launch Pad competition in Las Vegas. The SEMA competition introduces budding auto industry entrepreneurs to a worldwide audience of through its annual trade show.