Tech Tidbits From Around NH
First patient treated in CairnSurgical breast surgery trial … and more
Jenny Barba, a partner with BioVenture Investors, and Kaitlin Maier, CEO of Reia Health, have joined the Upper Valley MedTech Collaborative’ssteering committee. Barba has over 20 years of experience as a financial and strategic advisor focused on financing the growth of next-generation medical technology companies. Maier whose healthcare startup Reia is focused on improving the treatment experience for people with pelvic organ prolapse previously, Kaitlin was an associate at M&A firm Sherpa Technology Group.
A $575,000 federal grant has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to help New Hampshire expand its Out-of-School-Time Career Pathways Initiative, which helps students in school districts in Conway, Hinsdale, Laconia, and Manchester prepare for careers in STEM-oriented fields. The grant was announced by all four members of the state’s congressional delegation.
The Young Inventors’ Program is being integrated into the University of New Hampshire’s Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education with the goal of increasing resources and strengthening opportunities for K-12 students in STEM fields. A 35-year-old, project-based STEM education program, YIP was founded by the late Robert H. Rines, an inventor, entrepreneur, attorney and a founder of the Franklin Pierce Law Center, as a way to encourage students in early grades to explore STEM principles and apply their learning to real-world problems.
“We can’t wait to integrate the Young Inventors’ Program into our portfolio of STEM partnership opportunities we develop collaboratively with external partners,” said Julie Bryce, interim director of the Leitzel Center and professor of geochemistry in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. “The Young Inventors’ Program affords much-needed opportunities for students to develop their creativity, communication and problem-solving skills through projects they themselves direct.”
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Healthand West Health have teamed up to provide telehealth services and geriatric emergency department (training, education and other resources to four rural hospitals in a two-phase “hub and spoke” approach. The first two hospitals to receive telemedicine support from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) will be Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon and Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor, Vt., both members of the D-HH system. Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont, and Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, Vt., will be brought on in phase two.
All four spoke sites will gain access to supplemental telehealth services provided by DHMC with an emphasis on geriatric nursing, transitional care management, and support of on-call geriatricians.
CairnSurgical, a Lebanon-based firm working to increase precision of breast cancer surgery, has announced that the first patient has been treated in its trial of the Breast Cancer Locator System at Massachusetts General Hospital. The BCL System is designed to eliminate guesswork in breast cancer surgery by providing a blueprint of the tumor and a surgical guide to achieve clear margins, the company said. It said current surgery processes are unsuccessful at removing the entire tumor about 20% of the time, primarily because current tumor localization techniques do not provide the information required to achieve precise removal of the disease.