AAAneurysm Outreach Screened 87 New Orleanians for Silent Killer

Nearly 90 New Orleans residents were screened for abdominal aortic aneurysm at LSU Healthcare Network on April 21.

Sponsored by Peoples Health and W.L. Gore, the event was free and open to the public and resulted in 3 aneurysms being discovered, requiring medical attention.

“Up to 90 percent of the time ruptured abdominal aneurysms are fatal,” said vascular surgeon Dr. Claudie Sheahan of LSU Healthcare Network. “It’s likely that this screening saved lives. Aneurysm screening is an effective tool to get awareness out. And if you catch the aneurysm early it’s easy to fix,” she said.

The non-invasive ultrasound screening is a quick and painless way to find aneurysms and save lives. The noninvasive abdominal ultrasound test is simple and takes less than 5 minutes for the results.

“Most people have no idea about the dangers of this silent killer, and we’re able to provide this lifesaving screening, thanks to our professional medical partners and supporters,” said Barbara Guerard, vice president at Peoples Health and board member at AAAneurysm Outreach.

The participants were assessed for risk and were provided information on the risk factors: including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hardening of the arteries, history of smoking, or family history of aneurysms.

The third-leading cause of sudden death in men over 60 in the US, an abdominal aortic aneurysm (bursting of the main artery that carries blood to the lower part of the body) is almost always fatal- within minutes, and there are no symptoms.

It’s estimated that more than 1 million people are living with an undiagnosed abdominal aortic aneurysm, which was a contributing factor in the recent deaths of actors Bill Paxton, Alan Thicke, and Tommy Ford.

AAA screening is recommended every five years for all those over age 60 or with risk factors. Detected early an AAA can be treated with a variety of effective procedures.

Innovation Louisiana 2018 Keynote Announced

“One of the top innovators in the world”

-MIT’s Technology Review Magazine (TR35)

We are pleased to announce Jeff Karp as a keynote speaker for Innovation Louisiana 2018.  Jeff is a Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical school, and a leading proponent of bioinspiration, a branch of biomedical engineering that looks to nature for ideas to solve medical problems.  His work spans the fields of drug delivery, medical devices, stem cell therapeutics, and tissue adhesives.

– Has over 100 issued or pending patents

– Co-founded 4 companies

– Raised over $100 Million

– TEDMED Speaker

There will also be a few new additions to the conference. This November, we will have multiple tracks, new networking opportunities, (and maybe CLE credits!). Visit our new dedicated website to learn more and signup for our newsletter:

Advano awarded Louisiana Grant

Advano and the Tulane University Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering were jointly awarded $300,000 from the LA Board of Regents under the ITRS, “Industrial Ties Research Subprogram”. This grant is to foster closer collaboration between Advano and Tulane, chiefly aimed at furthering the commercialization of Advano’s core silicon nanoparticle manufacturing technology, which was developed at Tulane University. The goal of the grant is to develop self-healing electrode technology for Silicon-based Ultra High Energy Density Batteries to be used in high-value applications such as Electric Vehicles.

NOBIC Client MicroBiome Therapeutics launches BiomeBliss

MicroBiome Therapeutics launched its clinically-tested dietary supplement, BiomeBliss, a patented, first-in-class prebiotic dietary supplement specifically developed to support a healthy gastrointestinal microbiome. Their berry flavored mix nourishes your gut’s healthy bacteria to produce signals that can trigger important benefits such as:

  • Helps control hunger
  • Promotes regularity
  • Supports overall gut health

Instapath Brings Home $40k from Rice Business Plan Competition

Instapath competed at the Rice Business Plan Competition along with 42 other student-led startups in technology, energy, and life sciences. Instapath advanced to the semifinals of the competition and finished 3rd in their semifinal group. Additionally, Instapath received the $25,000 Texas Medical Center Accelerator Prize and the $15,000 Women’s Health and Wellness Prize.