April 2018

April Newsletter 2018 

  April Newsletter 2018    Dr. Pennathur discusses her  entrepreneurial success  starting 2 companies to treat Type1 diabetes.

April Newsletter 2018 

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!

April 28  9:00-8:00    Code Fellows: Code 101

May 2     5:30-8:00     Tacoma Visual Analytics

May 7     6:00-8:00    SuperHeroes of Science

May 19   10:00-11:30  Science Breakfast
 

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