Tech Tidbits From Across NH

A+E adopts digital platform developed by Nashua company, Minim partners with Motorola cable modem/router supplier ... and more

Twenty-four Manchester students have graduated as part of the 16th class of the UNH EXCELL-in-STEM program. Over its 16 years, the program has helped more than 250 Manchester area middle and high school English learners build their skills in English as well as science, technology, engineering and math. This year’s graduating class spoke first languages including Spanish, Arabic, Swahili, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Urdu, French, Nepali and Kinyarwanda. The EXCELL program, which is made possible by the support of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, offers hands-on activities through the UNH STEM Discovery Lab on the Manchester campus where students solve computing and engineering challenges, participate in STEM-focused field trips and conduct science experiments.


Renco Gloves Corporation of Manchester, Mass., has acquired a rubber and plastics fabrication facility in Colebrook, NH, which operates under the name American Performance Polymers.  The expansion will enable Renco to continue to serve its existing broad spectrum of products, including laboratory gloves, by adding high volume production of nitrile gloves, rubber and plastic parts along with custom dipping and formulation development services. The plant resides in a HUB-Zone and a Free-Trade Zone and should employ 20-30 people at its current capacity.


Akumina, a Nashua company that develops personalized digital employee platforms, is working with A+E Networks to enhance their employees’ workflow. A+E Netowrks is a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst that has a portfolio of global brands that includes A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime, Lifetime Movies, and VICELAND. Leveraging Akumina, global enterprises can create modern intranets, digital dashboards, and mobile applications focused on employee engagement, productivity and innovation. A+E plans to use the Akumina platform to create an engaging, centralized employee hub that works like any modern website, app or dashboard to deliver a best-in-class workplace experience that enables every A+E user to do their job more efficiently and seamlessly on any device.


Minim, a cloud-managed WiFi and IoT security platform based out of Manchester and developed by Dyn co-founder Jeremy Hitchcock, announced it has now partnered with Zoom Telephonics, a customer premise equipment supplier of Motorola branded cable modems and routers. The partnership expands cable operators’ access to deliver Minim’s customer-managed security of WiFi and IoT products as an enhancement to existing cable services.

“The integration of Minim capability into our Motorola branded cable gateways provides us with a strong competitive advantage in the service provider market,” said Joe Wytanis, president of Zoom Telephonics, in a press release. “Our service provider customers can gain a new source of revenue from home network management tools and can solve the increasing problems introduced by smart home’s using multiple wireless devices. New revenue and higher subscriber satisfaction is a powerful combination provided through our Minim-capable cable gateways.”

Minim will also be exhibiting at the CableLabs Summer Conference 2019 on August 5, 2019 in Keystone, CO.


Dr. Paul J. LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University, has joined the board of directors at Chegg, a student-first connected learning platform based out of Santa Clara, Calif.

“I am delighted to be joining Chegg’s Board of Directors, as it is one of the most student-centric and forward-looking companies in the education technology space today,” said Dr. LeBlanc in a press release. “Innovation in the higher education sector has been a huge part of my career, and I look forward to extending this experience to Chegg and working with Dan and his team.  Chegg can play a critical role in the new emerging eco-system of higher education.”


Author, speaker and sales strategist Lori Richardson will be the featured speaker at the next TechWomen Power Breakfast, to be held fro 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford. The focus of her talk will be on how inclusion can improve culture and grow revenues in tech companies. Tickets to the breakfast are $10 for NH Tech Alliance members and $20 for non-members. Tickets are available here or by calling 603-935-8951.


Lyophilization Services of New England (LSNE), a contract development and manufacturing organization, is continuing their expansion with the addition of increased storage capabilities at its 7 Commerce Drive facility located in Bedford, NH. The expansion provides for short and long-term cGMP storage of controlled room temperature, refrigerated, and frozen (-20oC and -80oC) temperature-sensitive products.  The additional capability compliments the adjacent QC laboratory to support LSNE’s growing analytical and microbiology testing services and offer integrated storage options. In addition to the validated storage capabilities, the expansion added larger ICH stability chambers for all standard storage conditions. “Having 80,000 cubic feet of additional on-site cGMP temperature-controlled storage will ensure products reaching patients around the world are stored properly,” said Shawn Cain, chief operating officer at LSNE.


Accurate Brazing, a full-service provider of specialized heat treating solutions based in Goffstown, NH, will add hot isostatic pressing to its thermal processing capabilities with the installation of a Hot Isostatic Press from Quintus Technologies at its Greenville, S.C. facility. The press is equipped with Quintus’ proprietary uniform rapid cooling, a feature that improves material properties of parts designed for mission-critical applications, increasingly produced in the additive manufacturing environment.

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