All six companies are located in Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem. | Photo by WStoday
Multiple medical advancements are happening right now in Innovation Quarter. Companies are choosing the Twin City as the place to pioneer health care practices. Read on to learn how some of their innovations might one day impact your health.
The company develops 3D bio-printed implants that are customized for each patient. The implants mimic natural cartilage to give patients a more natural solution to tears, defects, or diseases. Brinter’s 3D-printed meniscus bio-implant will be its signature product but it also hopes to expand to ear, nose, hip, and shoulder replacements. None of the products are approved for commercial use yet.
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The company manufactures freezers that dispense slush — a snow-like solution that is used to rapidly cool tissues and organs during surgery, or to preserve organs during transplants. The machines that are currently on the market deliver sterile slush and reduce waste.
The company’s KeraStat Cream helps soothe and treat radiation dermatitis, a skin condition cancer patients develop while undergoing radiation. Its KeraStat Gel is used to manage wounds like burns and ulcers.
The company is using 4D bio-printing to create functional tissues and organs that can be transplanted and easily reproduced. Its ophthalmology program is building a cornea graft to be used instead of donor corneas its retinal patch could eventually treat age-related macular degeneration.
The biotech company is focused on delaying the progression of kidney failure in people with chronic kidney disease. Its REACT technology identifies and prepares a person’s own renal cells to be injected into the damaged kidney to improve function. Clinical trials are underway.
The startup is focused on connecting patients with clinical trials as a care option. The company builds partnerships with biopharma companies, health care organizations, and patients to get them into experimental research programs in a timely manner.
Saving Your Seeds | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Paddison Memorial Branch Library, 248 Harmon Ln., Kernersville | Free | Learn how to select and collect seeds from your summer crops to preserve and store for spring planting.
Tex-Tech Industries will break ground on a new manufacturing facility on Friday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. The $42 million investment on Cassell Street in Salem Business Park will double the company’s capacity to make materials for space, aerospace, defense, and advanced industrial markets.
National Voter Registration Day. You can register to vote and enjoy live music on the front lawn of Forsyth County Central Library on West 5th Street today, Sept. 19. All ages are welcome to attend from 5-6:30 p.m.
Forsyth County’s third annual Fun Fest is happening Saturday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Health and Human Services building on Highland Avenue. The free community outreach event will offer food, games, raffles, music, vaccinations, and will also serve as a job fair.
The waterfront at Salem Lake will be closed to the public the morning of Saturday, Sept. 23 because of the annual Salem Lake trail races. Using the trails, fishing and boat launching will be prohibited until 12 p.m.
The Winston Cup Museum will rebrand under a new name before the end of the year to resolve pending litigation. The museum’s owners are asking visitors, fans, and supporters to suggest new names for the facility on Facebook or Instagram.
Forsyth Technical Community College will focus on increasing dual enrollment for underserved students with a new “Equity Accelerate” program. The 18-month initiative will allow students who are still in high school to take college classes — with a focus on the IT, aviation and health care industries. (Triad Business Journal)
Salem Academy and College is the oldest educational institution for girls and women in the US. | Photo by Salem Academy and College
Salem Academy and College is launching “Soar with Salem” to encourage young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math — commonly referred to as STEM.
NASA provided a three-year grant totaling almost $750,000 to fund the initiative. Salem was one of seven educational institutions nationwide to receive the money, aimed at reducing the gender gap in STEM fields.
Students at Salem Academy and Salem College will serve as mentors to female high school students who visit the campus during the summer months. Those students will receive support in science, arts, and math.
“Soar with Salem” will expand its partnership with North Forsyth High School, which also has a focus on STEM and health education. The United Way of Forsyth County will also help get the program off the ground.
I have been fortunate to take a cooking class with instructor Dianne McConnell at Southern Home and Kitchen. If her new cookbook “Don’t Crowd the Pan” is anything like her class, I’m sure it will be equal parts informative + entertaining.