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News Roundup - August 10, 2016

By Innovate Pasadena Staff — August 10, 2016

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Deton Corp. Raises $600,000 in Seed Round - Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative

Deton Corp., a medical device company developing innovative products for the diagnosis of lower respiratory infections, has secured $600,000 in an oversubscribed seed financing round. The round was led by a venture fund based in Shanghai and included angel investor participation. “The seed financing comes at a pivotal time for the company, as we accelerate our ongoing efforts in product and market development,” said Patrick Sislian, Ph.D., CEO of Deton Corp. “This financing gets us closer to our goal of becoming the world-leaders in non-invasive sample collection from the lower respiratory tract.” READ MORE

HTC’s Vive X Invests in ObEN

ObEN, an artificial intelligence (AI) innovator focused on voice and speech, has been selected by HTC’s Vive X Accelerator Program as part of its $100 million fund’s inaugural class. Founded in 2014, ObEN’s proprietary technology personalizes the voices of virtual characters with the user’s own voice in various virtual reality (VR) environments. LEARN MORE

PA Fund Makes Its First Investment in Nevados Engineering

The Pasadena Angels announced the first investment from their PA Fund 1 (The Fund). The Fund invested an additional $75K in Nevados Engineering, a clean tech company whose solar single-axis-tracker enables ground-based installation on virtually any terrain; improving on solar project economics. The Pasadena Angels have previously invested $240K in Nevados, leading a round of $390K with funding from other angel groups. This additional funding from The Fund will allow Nevados to fully execute on their grant funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative. READ MORE


Teams from Honda, Mattel Hot Wheels and Axial Racing Compete while Students from U.S. and China Face Off for First Place Title in Formula E (E for elastic) Race at ArtCenter College of Design

International rubber band-powered racecar competition showcases design ingenuity, triumph over failure plus other skills crucial to success in global creative economy. The annual Formula E race ritual provides corporate and student teams with valuable experience in product development, engineering, team building and fabrication while pushing their ability to find solutions under pressure, recover from failure and ultimately win. READ MORE

Ayzenberg Delivers First-Ever Crossplatform Narrative for EPIX’s New Original Series Berlin Station

Ayzenbeg has launched, an innovative VR-like experience across desktop and mobile without being encumbered by headgear, for the new EPIX original series Berlin Station premiering in October 2016. EPIX sought to find a unique and engaging way to promote their first venture into scripted series and commissioned their digital team to build the first-ever 360-degree interactive website, in partnership with WIREWAX and Scopic, to give viewers an exciting way to engage with the show across all digital platforms. READ MORE


LA MoonWalk

Experience an evening of Moon-Inspired art and sounds from around the world in benefit of The Planetary Society and LA MoonWalk is an interactive pop-up art show like no other fusing art, entertainment, and science into one fun filled evening. Enjoy a walk through curated art areas, view the night sky and rising full Moon through Celestron telescopes, capture memories from this one night extravaganza at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. LEARN MORE


The Most Important Lessons Learned From a Decade in Business

Ming Chan, CEO of the The1stMovement, wrote an insightful article for the Huffington Post on the company's ten years in business. READ MORE

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