Medtronic and Samsung unveil partnership

Medtronic – the spinal division of which is based in Memphis – has announced a major partnership with Samsung to help improve some of the things associated with diabetes management for the millions of people living with and at risk of the disease.

The companies are developing a range of solutions that include everything from the ability to remotely view diabetes data to integrating mobile and wearable devices into diabetes management systems.

Details of the partnership were announced at the recent American Diabetes Association 75th Scientific Sessions. The companies said their first project “focuses on delivering more discreet and convenient access to personal diabetes data by developing mobile applications optimized for Samsung mobile devices that will enable the viewing of insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring information.”

That application will work with Medtronic`s MiniMed Connect product, which provides access to important diabetes information for people with diabetes as well as remote alerts for their loved ones, and it’s expected to be available in the U.S. later this year.

Hnedak Scholarship Winners Hit Europe

You might remember Branden Canepa and Thor Harland, the Hnedak Bobo Group team members who won the inaugural Gregory O. Hnedak Travel Scholarship.

We wrote about them here back in January.

Well, Canepa and Harland have touched down in Europe and they’re blogging about it.

Canepa will walk a portion of El Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage route that winds its way to the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela.

Harland is travelling through London and Paris to study the interplay between history and progress in design, how the old and new mix together in the built environment.

You can follow the pair’s adventures on their blog, where they’ve already posted some updates and great pictures. You can also follow along on Facebook.


Letter from George Harrison reveals new details about the Beatles considering a Stax session

A letter from Beatles guitarist George Harrison has surfaced with previously unknown details about the Fab Four’s long-rumored brief consideration of recording at Stax in Memphis.

Via Rolling Stone:

Harrison was writing to Atlanta DJ Paul Drew in May, 1966. About recording at Stax with producer Jim Stewart (note – not the Beatles longtime producer George Martin, which would have added yet another uncommon detail to the whole affair), Harrison said: “We would all like it a lot, but too many people get insane with money ideas at the mention of the word ‘Beatles,’ and so it fell through!”

From the Rolling Stone piece: “Word of the proposed Stax sessions has circulated before, but it was always said they pulled out due to security issues. It was also never known they contemplated working with Jim Stewart as opposed to George Martin, the only producer they’d ever worked with until the end of their career three years later. The letter was recently put on sale by Los Angeles-based rock collectibles dealer Jeff Gold, who acquired it from Drew’s widow shortly after he passed away in 2013.”

2015 Teams chosen for ZeroTo510

The ZeroTo510 Medical Device Accelerator has its new crop of startups for 2015.

Going through the 12-week program at the Memphis Bioworks Business Incubator starting this week are:

  • Sweet Bio, which makes membranes for tissue regeneration used in oral surgeries using medical-grade honey as an ingredient
  • SiteSaver, which provides hospitals with a simple device to protect and preserve patient IV sites and central lines
  • GlucosAlarm, which created a technology to measure glucose in diabetic patients’ urine
  • And Inspire Living, which offers a portable health monitor to enable anyone, anywhere, to conduct an automated respiratory and rapid vitals exam on a child.

The four companies have received $50,000 in initial seed capital from co-investors Innova and MB Venture Partners. At the end of the 12-week program, the teams will pitch to a group of investors at Demo Day on August 13. The investors will choose finalists who could get as much as $100,000 in additional capital and the opportunity to further develop their businesses.

Indie rockers follow their ‘Last Song to Memphis’

The Bluff City’s musical je ne sais quoi is center stage in “Last Song to Memphis,” a 9-minute video postcard featuring indie rock band The Black Cadillacs.

The video, posted on TNVacation’s YouTube last week, documents the five-piece rock band’s road trip to Memphis – a trip home for several of the members – as they looked for inspiration to finish their new EP at Ardent Studios.

At Ardent, the band speaks with Flaming Lips guitarist Jake Ingalls, who sums up his experience this way:

“… People start to ask you why you started playing music, and growing up in Memphis you kind of think, ‘How could you not?’”

Watch it for yourself …

P.S. You can buy the new EP on iTunes.