Part 4 of Teknovation's series profiles Frontier Diagnostics who graduated from the Life Science Mentor Network in February. The startup operates a proprietary platform that combines the spatial information of microscopy (mass spectrometry) with the benefits of molecular testing to bring a much-needed capability to anatomic pathology. He writes: "[Jeremy] Norris says the company wants to conduct several hundred more tests in the next 12 months followed by a clinical study that shows “we can perform” and also provide answers to these questions: does it help the patient and how do we obtain reimbursement for it?"
VentureNashville sent five questions to both Tennessee gubernatorial candidates -- Republican nominee Bill Lee and Democratic nominee Karl Dean -- regarding state industry incentives, risk-capital formation, tech commercialization and more. In response to a question about risk capital for early-stage companies, Lee responded: "As governor, I will approach economic development with the thought that a job created in Tennessee is better than a job recruited to Tennessee. Government programs that actively try to skew the investment market tend to have mixed results." Dean had not yet responded.
Per the Brentwood Homepage, Tennessee gubernatorial Republican nominee Bill Lee and Democratic nominee Karl Dean will participate in technology and innovation fireside chats at 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival, the Southeast’s premier event for founders, investors and startup ecosystem builders on Aug. 30 in Nashville. At 36|86, the candidates will address more than 1,000 attendees on the future of technology and business development in Tennessee, making it one of their first and largest appearances since being nominated. The candidate discussions will be moderated by Kate Herman, president and publisher of the Nashville Business Journal.
Agtech venture pioneer Finistere Ventures recently released its “2018 Early-Stage Agtech Report,” which provides new insight into global early stage financing activity and trends in leading agtech innovation geographies. Developed in partnership with PitchBook, the report is the first in a two-part series looking at early agtech funding in specific regions around the globe. Click here to download the report.