June Newsletter 2018 

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Jobs, Talent, and Companies in BioTech."

 Drs. H and Olson reconnected after the lecture with the RAIN network.

Drs. H and Olson reconnected after the lecture with the RAIN network.

Superheroes of Science: June


RAIN was proud to host Dr. Nels Olson last Monday as he discussed problem solving in the aerospace industry.  We all love those beautifully painted planes, but corrosion is the enemy. Dr. Olson has studied and tested many types of coating systems to protect both aluminium  and composite fuselage materials common to aircraft designs.  Throughout the history of aviation, all  aerospace companies have used Hexavalent Chrome as a paint system additive to protect against corrosion.  However, the toxicity of this material made it a poor choice long-term; a replacement was needed. Nels and the Boeing team went to work. The previous generation of tests were determined to be testing the wrong parameters to be predictive of in-service performance.  New tests were required that would better mimic the environments that aircraft experience.  Accelerated tests were needed to bring faster qualification of new paint systems. The Boeing paints and coatings team determined that a single test was not enough. When building models, if you have incomplete or uninformative data, you will not solve the problem.   Ultimately, the Boeing team outlined a series of tests that are designed to provide a more complete understanding of in-service performance and to identify the superior paint system of the future.  This talk showed the importance of smart engineering, system designs, and well thought out tests.  Thanks Dr. Olson!

 Make sure to meet Matt and Kat our newest RAIN staff members.

Make sure to meet Matt and Kat our newest RAIN staff members.

Meet our new RAIN Staff


RAIN celebrates the addition of some faces to our team. Matt is a Physics and Math phenom from Univ. of Puget Sound. When not helping students he is also working with new companies to spread our Network Partnerships. Kat is an Economics major who is helping with our event space and the food lab. Our newest members have been a delight to the team. Be sure to give them a Warm Welcome when you stop by!

 RAIN Interns, Rowan and Nick help maintain the facility this summer

RAIN Interns, Rowan and Nick help maintain the facility this summer

Intern invasion at RAIN


RAIN is excited to host college, high school and 8th grade interns this summer. We have Science Internsthat are completing independent and team projects in the Biology and Chemistry labs. There are many Business Interns learning social media, PR, accounting, graphic design and website development skills. Finally, we have Engineering Interns that help maintain and repair the RAIN facility. All our Interns are a joy to have around, especially those we maintain year round.  If you are interested in joining our RAIN team, come to an event and learn more.

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RAIN BioEngineering Camp


RAIN is offering a Bioengineering Summer Camp July 30-August 3. from 9am-3pm. If you know an incoming 9th or 10th grader this FREE camp is available by applying online through the RAIN website. Thank you to the Tacoma Steam Network for a generous grant to help fund our program and keep it free for Tacoma residents.

 iGEM team members discussing their Plasmid design with Dr. Nguyen at Science Saturday.

iGEM team members discussing their Plasmid design with Dr. Nguyen at Science Saturday.

iGEM Saturday Science Series


The 2018 iGEM Team is ramping up activity now that school is out! The team meets daily and has split into sub-teams. Students have begun the process of molecular cloning, an activity that allows them to force bacteria to express their DNA of choice. Another top priority this summer is completing inter-laboratory communication with other iGEM teams around the world. This prevents redundant testing of failed procedures and accelerates pathways that are known to be successful. It is also fun to learn what other teams are researching! Fundraising continues to be another priority.  Critical resources will aid the project and help to get as many RAINmakers to the competition this October as possible. With a mere 4.5 months until the competition, the summer seems daunting but the team is working hard every day. We will continue to post progress on the Arsenic Biosensor that the team is creating to help not only Tacoma, but the 77 million people living with this contaminant in their environment around the world. 

 Dane Jessen helped launch RAIN and is off to school.

Dane Jessen helped launch RAIN and is off to school.

Congrats to Dane on his Launch


We are sad to say goodbye to Dane Jessen but excited for his new adventures! Dane is proud to be a product of the RAIN environment. He was a UWT, Global Honors graduate, Summa Cum Laude in the Milgard School of Business, and “Most Likely to be CEO”. Dane was excited to sink his teeth into a local, collaborative, and entrepreneurial project started by his profesor, Dr. David Hirschberg.
“I simply could not have asked for a better opportunity after graduation. It was exciting, genuinely meaningful, technical... and hard. My experience at RAIN has made me grow in significant ways that I know have raised the trajectory of my life… I am fortunate to be able to take what I have learned, and the relationships I have made, forward with me in powerful ways."
Dane reports he will pursue CFA and training in Computer and Data Science. He plans to move to China in 2019 and will “definitely keep a career focus on innovation”. We are all proud of him and miss him terribly already!
 

RAIN welcomes Canadian Biotech

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RAIN is excited to welcome several new BioTech companies into our incubator in July. This includes partners from Vancouver BC that will be joining us to distribute kinases and other enzymes that are utilized within the USA. RAIN actively includes contracts with private companies into our mission as this enables us to hire interns and employees offering hands-on-training in BioTech. This type of international partnership is helping to grow our Tacoma workforce in the LifeScience Industry!

RAIN Named GirlsWhoCode Site

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We are proud to have been named a Girls Who Code site. This free program, who's mission is "to close the gender gap in computer science", starts every Wednesday in September for 6-12 grade girls from 3-5pm. Volunteers with a proficiency in programming are needed and girls are already starting to join! Learn more at our RAIN GWCsite.

 

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April Newsletter 2018 

 Dr. Pennathur discusses her  entrepreneurial success  starting 2 companies to treat Type1 diabetes.

Dr. Pennathur discusses her entrepreneurial success starting 2 companies to treat Type1 diabetes.

SuperHeroes of Science: April

Dr. Sumita Pennathur inspired the RAIN audience with her passion for solving the massive technological and health problems facing people living with diabetes. As a PhD trained at both MIT and Stanford, Dr. Pennathur spent the last decade studying nanofluidics as a Mechanical Engineering professor at UCSB. However, when her 4yo daughter was diagnosed with Type I diabetes, she decided to deploy her expertise to keep her child safe

Dr. Pennathur started a company to make exactly what her daughter wants: a painless continuous glucose monitor (CGM) that no one - including her - will notice she's wearing. The company has now developed a wearable sensor the size of a bandaid that uses microneedles to monitor glucose painlessly and accurately. Clinical trials begin in 2019 and excitement is high - the product has tremendous potential to help millions of people with diabetes, as well as professional athletes and people who just want to monitor their diet and health more closely.

Meanwhile, Dr. Pennathur has also developed a completely novel optical amplification strategy that allows her team to quantify glucose levels based on the behavior of organic semiconductors. Hearing "this sounds complex!" from the audience raises a humble smile from Dr. Pennathur. It is complex, but Dr. Pennathur admits it's only fun to solve really, REALLY hard problems. RAIN will continue to collaborate with UCSB and have Dr. Pennathur back for an update in 2019!

 Cole is an Electrical Engineer that worked at RAIN developing a low-cost mass spectrometer

Cole is an Electrical Engineer that worked at RAIN developing a low-cost mass spectrometer

 

Congratulations Cole Jepson

RAIN celebrates the the transition of Cole to his new position at FANUC America. Cole presented to RAIN after graduating from Evergreen State University looking for the opportunity to grow his skill set. Inspired by a discarded mass spectrometer, he worked with Josh Haney and other RAIN mentors to develop a handheld device that would be drastically less expensive.  He endeavored to create an affordable Bio-Sensor for companies to use in assessing medical or environmental threats. "Democratization" of technology is something that is very exciting to us at RAIN. Cheaper tech means the accessibility, new applications, and innovation that makes the world a healthier place. Cole's hard work was rewarded when he was offered a position as an Engineer at FANUS America. We are excited for his new path but already miss him in the engineering lab. Best of luck Cole!

 

 

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 iGEM team members working in the BioLab on a DNA cloning project

iGEM team members working in the BioLab on a DNA cloning project

iGEM Saturday Science Series

The 2018 iGEM Team has written their abstract to submit to iGEM and to a grant opportunity from Promega. Winning a Promega grant would provide $2000 worth of biochemical reagents for the team to use to test their DNA-based arsenic sensor. Next, the team will design the sensor by selecting the DNA sequences needed to produce a protein that is sensitive to arsenic. When arsenic is detected, a reporter will output a chromoprotein that can be seen with the naked eye. Our students are busy developing these experiment and plans every week. This year's team includes 23 students from 2 colleges and 5 local high schools.

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RAIN is Finalist in Hidden Signals
RAIN is a finalist in the Dept. of Homeland Security's challenge for Identifying BioThreats in real-time. Dr. Judy Nguyen led the grant writing team to develop a proposal that utilizes commuter traffic pattern analysis to identify hidden signals that would indicate a health-related threat to the public. Phase 2 of the challenge involved participating in a virtual accelerator program, which connected the team to experts in public health, emergency management, and program development. Insights from industry experts helped RAIN design a strategy that avoids errors commonly encountered when developing new technologies. RAIN is proud to be a finalist involved in developing ideas that create a safer future for America. 
 

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Did you know... RAIN has a Food Lab!
RAIN’s mission to is to grow jobs, talent, and companies  in Tacoma and cooking is science. RAIN's FoodLab is a commercial kitchen for small food businesses available at a low-cost, enabling the opportunity for growth and impact on Tacoma’s economy. Learn more about delivered meals, gifts, & catering at our website... and keep your eyes open towards RAIN to get lunch from a local food truck opening later this month! 

 Charles Wright Academy held their Annual Crab Feed at RAIN in April. This fun event helps to support their sports program! Thanks to all!

Charles Wright Academy held their Annual Crab Feed at RAIN in April. This fun event helps to support their sports program! Thanks to all!

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