Tech Tidbits from Across New Hampshire

Kuster bill targets online sales tax, Sunrise Labs nabs spray-dried plasma project … and more

Dartmouth engineering professor Jane Hill has been inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows, one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer. Hill was recognized for her work on of breathprints — exhaled breath — to reveal what’s happening inside a person’s lungs, which could revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic respiratory diseases.

Congresswoman Annie Kuster has joined with four of her colleagues to introduce the bipartisan Online Sales Simplicity and Small Business Relief Act, which would exempt small businesses that generate less than $10 million in sales from collecting online sales taxes. It would also ensure states cannot require remote online sellers to collect sales tax retroactively on transactions made before Jan. 1, 2019.

“Small businesses in New Hampshire should not be forced to collect sales tax for states across the country,” said Kuster. “An online sales tax would subject small businesses in the Granite State to nearly 10,000 taxing jurisdictions across the country, creating burdensome red tape and causing headaches for small business owners. Our legislation would protect small businesses in New Hampshire and other non-sales tax states from an online sales tax.”


Nashua-based Microdesk, a firm that works with architecture, engineering construction and GIS firms on Autodesk, Softdesk and ESRI solutions, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Founded by Michael DeLacey and Robin Adams in 1994, the firm now has 13 offices across the United States and United Kingdom, and 300 employees.


Radiation Safety & Control Services Inc., Seabrook, has established an endowment fund at the University of Massachusetts Lowell to set up a perpetual scholarship for undergraduate and graduate students in the college’s radiological sciences program. The company’s founders,

Jay Tarzia, Fred Straccia and Eric Darois, are alumni of the university.


Pelham-based VentriFlo has been identified as one of the top 150 emerging medtech startups in 2019, as a result of its participation in the international MedTech Innovator competition. The competition, which initially attracted more than 750 applicants, is now participating in the next-level qualifying event being held in Minneapolis, Minn. VentriFlo, a patented blood pump technology currently in development by Design Mentor of Pelham, placed second in the NH Tech Alliance’s TechOut 2018 competition and was also an award winner in the Children’s National Health System’s Pediatric Device Innovation Competition,


Sunrise Labs, a medical device engineering firm, is collaborating with Velico Medical Inc., of Beverly, Mass., in the development of the FrontlineODP, a system for spray-drying human plasma. FrontlineODP enables blood centers to spray-dry versus freezing plasma for transfusion, solving many of the supply chain issues associated with frozen blood products and extending the availability of life saving plasma for transfusion to pre-hospital settings, including the military and mass casualty events, the company said.


The April New Hampshire Tech Alliance’s TechWomen Power Breakfast will feature author Judy Ringer, who will discuss how she applies the Aiki approach to presenting new ways to utilize and redirect the energy of conflict. The Power Breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the UNH campus Victory Club at Wildcat Stadium, 155 Main St., Durham.

Ringer is the author of “Turn Enemies Into Allies: The Art of Peace in the Workplace.”

Tickets to the breakfast are $10 for alliance members and $20 for non-members. Tickets are available at

Categories: News, Technology