Tech Tidbits From Around NH

Thayer-linked startup wins NIH grant … and more
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SkyTerra Technologies, an IT cloud advisory and development firm, has hired Sean Fiandaca as systems engineer on its Managed Services team. He will split his time between SkyTerra’s Nashua headquarters and a Boston-based client, the company said.

A nonprofit that aids small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in New England has named Daniel Vidañaas president. The nonprofit, known for the last 10 years as Venture Café New England, has also changed its name to Innovation Studio. The rebranding, the organization said, “solidifies its commitment to building inclusive, accessible and innovative communities in New England.”

Portsmouth-based PoliteMailis unveiling a newly enhanced version of its internal communications measurement software, @PoliteMail, that its says now gives internal communications professionals more management and measurement options for messages sent to employees via Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft 365.

QUEL Imaging LLC, a new venture spun out of Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, has been awarded a $250,000 grant by the National Institutes of Health to further its work in creating low-cost transferable technologies aimed at improving the accuracy of fluorescence surgical guidance and treatments.

The startup was founded by three partners – Dartmouth Professor Brian Pogue, recent doctoral graduate Ethan LaRochelle, and Ph.D. Innovation Fellow Alberto Ruiz. The concept for the grant stems from work in Ruiz’s studies developing 3D printed test targets for surgical system calibration. Plans call for QUEL to open as an incubator company in Thayer School’s Center for Imaging Medicine.

Windham Woods School in Windham has chosen FirstLightto be its fiber provider offering Internet and unified communications services. In its second year, Windham Woods offers a program for students from grades 1 to 10 with mild to moderate learning challenges and whose families are looking for a hands-on educational setting.

Microdesk, the Boston-based provider of business and technology services for the design and construction industry, has released BIMrx Fabrication DBS, an optimized database solution for fabricators, detailers, virtual design & construction and building information modeling (BIM) managers. The solution streamlines fabrication without sacrificing quality or consistency, said the company, which also has an office in Nashua.

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