Athelo Health headquarters coming to Louisville

When her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, Jessica Thurmond witnessed firsthand how a lack of patient access to education and resources could be detrimental to health outcomes. This was the impetus behind her co-founding Athelo Health with Monica Schmiede and Marq Short. Thurmond will move the headquarters of Athelo Health to Louisville early this year. Here’s our interview with her.

UofL projects selected for KYNETIC funding

The Kentucky Network for Innovation & Commercialization (KYNETIC) distributes $650,000 per year to promising university-born health and medical technologies. Two University of Louisville (UofL) projects were selected for this year’s funding: the Pediatric NeuroRecovery posture control system from researcher Andrea Behrman; and the Vertify Probe: intraoperative device for measurement of bone quality (from researchers Stuart Williams, Maxwell Boakye and Michael Voor). Check out the other The KYNETIC Fall 2021 awardees here.

Louisville Slugger’s swing lab

Louisville Slugger is partnering with sports tech developer V1 Sports to create a diagnostic and analytic swing lab for baseball and fastpitch softball players. The V1 pressure mat and mobile software allows both baseball and softball players and coaches to measure pressure, velocity, and dynamic force. This provides players and coaches access to game improvement hitting, fielding, and pitching technology.

Data modeling for weather forecasting

Climavision launched from stealth mode six months ago and emerged with $100 million in funding. [Here’s our interview with CEO Chris Goode from earlier last year.] Jon van Doore, the climate technology company’s CTO, talks to HPC Wire about using high-tech data modeling for weather forecasting, where the company is going, and some obstacles they’ve encountered along the way.

Bert Thin Films secures $2M

A startup founded by UofL researchers, Bert Thin Films has raised another $2 million in venture capital. The new funding comes via a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and $1 million in angel investment. The company is developing “CuBert,” a low-cost, copper-based paste intended to replace an expensive silver component prevalent in solar cell manufacturing in an effort to make solar energy more affordable. This latest round of funding will be used to help speed up the commercialization process.