Memphis company awarded $1 million health-related grant

Memphis-based Translational Sciences Inc. has been awarded a $1 million federal grant via the National Institutes of Health’s Small Business Innovation Research awards.

The grant is intended to be used for the company to study “Novel Methods for Dissolving Blood Clots.” Translational Sciences will attempt to treat dangerous blood clots while still in the body by dissolving them through molecular engineering.

The project’s goals include reducing death, disability, and cost of service.

Indie Memphis executive director steps down

After seven years of service, Indie Memphis executive director Erik Jambor is stepping down.

Indie Memphis board president Ryan Watt announced Jambor’s resignation in an email to members, saying that the organization thanks Jambor for his service “building an excellent slate of programming and growth. Our organization is fully committed to continuing our first-class festival and year-round events. Erik will always part of the Indie Memphis family.”

Watt went on to say the organization is beginning the search for a new executive director, with the volunteer board running events in the meantime.

“I will be at our upcoming events, and I look forward to speaking with each of you,” Watt concluded. “I can confirm we will be having our festival this year and some exciting announcements are coming soon.”

East Buntyn neighborhood gearing up for ArtWalk

The East Buntyn neighborhood is gearing up once again for the East Buntyn Artwalk.

The sixth annual version of the festival that celebrates art and community kicks off April 18 (rain date, April 19), with homeowners hosting regional artists in their front yards. Those open-air galleries will display and sell work by neighborhood residents, as well as pieces by artists from around the Mid-South, representing an expected pool of over 60 artists.

St. James Church at 461 S. Prescott will serve as ArtWalk’s hub, hosting live music, a silent auction, food trucks and more. There also will be a silent auction tent, live entertainment and food trucks like Lickety Split and Rock’n Dough.

Sponsoring partners for the free event are University Neighborhood Development Corporation, Highland Area Renewal Corporation and St. James Anglican Church.

Additional festival information and Artist Applications can be obtained by going online to www.eastbuntynartwalk.com or by visiting East Buntyn ArtWalk on Facebook or Twitter.

Here’s a video of last year’s event:

Memphis street newspaper “The Bridge” celebrates second anniversary

This weekend will mark the second anniversary of the launch of “The Bridge,” Memphis’ first street newspaper that addresses the hardships of the some 2,000 Memphians living on the streets.

The first edition launched on March 21, 2013. The team behind it approached members of the homeless population and paid them to share their stories and artwork for publication, in addition to training them as vendors to sell the paper while keeping the profits.

According to Caroline Ponseti, a Rhodes junior who helped found the paper, $32,000 has been put directly into the hands of the homeless as a result of “The Bridge.” And the paper’s top vendors make up to $540 per month.

“The Bridge” on March 25 will host a two-year anniversary celebration at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, 700 Poplar Ave. that’s free and open to the public.

ZeroTo510 gets major honor

Some big news for ZeroTo510, Memphis’ medical device startup accelerator program –

According to ZeroTo510 co-founder Allan Daisley, today at SXSW and in Techcrunch, the program was announced as one of the top 20 accelerators in the U.S.

ZeroTo510 was ranked 15th in the nation by the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project.

From Allan: “We’d like to thank our team, our partners, our mentors, our board, and especially the entrepreneurs and graduates of ZeroTo510 for the hard work and collaboration that made this recognition possible.”

Dansette

google