UMN Doctors Are Developing ‘Smart Pills’ For Medication Adherence

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“When his chemotherapy patients leave the hospital to continue treatment at home, Edward Greeno faces a new challenge. He can no longer ensure they’re taking their medicine. Greeno, the medical director of the Masonic Cancer Clinic at the University of Minnesota, has come to realize that some patients, like children hiding naughty behavior from a parent, will fudge the truth to avoid his disapproval, even when their health is at risk.”

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Plymouth-Based PRI Robotics Bought Up By Eckhart

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“Eckhart, Inc. announced today that it has acquired PRI Robotics & Automation, a specialty robotic systems integrator located in Plymouth, Minnesota. Eckhart is an Industry 4.0 leader that designs, builds, and integrates turn-key systems for the largest industrial companies in the world.

Eckhart’s suite of solutions includes AUTOCRAFT™ autonomous guided vehicles, collaborative robotics, 3D printing, automated conveyance & assembly systems, mechanical & electrical design services, simulation, and specialized ergonomic assembly line tools and equipment.”

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Can St. Paul Startup Ativa Succeed Where Theranos Failed?

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Via Star Tribune

“A flash of sparkles appears as an industrial-grade laser unleashes a blast of energy, precisely manufacturing channels in laminated tape for a medical device component.

Someday, a laser-cut strip of tape almost exactly like this could be used in a tabletop analyzer at a clinic to count your blood cells or check your urine for signs of infection, executives at St. Paul medical device startup Ativa Medical say.”

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Google Is Looking At Becker, Minn. For A $600m+ Wind-Powered Data Center

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Via Star Tribune

“Google is looking at Becker to build a giant data center that would cost at least $600 million and be powered by two dedicated wind farms.

The data center, essentially a big building full of servers, was disclosed Thursday in a regulatory filing by Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy, which is playing a big role in the project. The Google server farm would create about 50 full-time tech jobs and around 2,000 construction jobs over 18 to 24 months.”

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Minnesota’s Banner Engineering Is A Well Kept Secret In The Sensor Industry

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“The sensor looks like a hockey puck — but it saves McDonald’s and other companies a whole lot of money. This Banner Engineering sensor hides beneath the drive-through lanes and feeds McDonald’s the number of cars that go through the line and how fast it takes for each driver to receive their food.”

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Pre-Revenue HealthTech Startup POPS Gains FDA Clearance For Diabetes Product

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“Minneapolis, MN., December 4th, 2018—POPS! Diabetes Care is announcing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of their POPS!® one Blood Glucose Monitoring System. The system is designed to enable people with diabetes to successfully control their condition without their condition controlling them.”

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