Video of SynDaver Labs – Shark Tank Don’t feel sorry for Sakezles, however. SynDaver is on track to make $10 million this year, he says, adding that the company has lined up investors who place an even higher valuation on the company than Herjavec did. Sakezles predicts SynDaver will expand from its current 100 employees to 500 within 3 years. “We’re growing like wildfire.”The company’s history traces back to the 1990s, when Sakezles, a graduate student at University of Florida, set out to evaluate a new endotracheal tube his lab had designed. The team couldn’t afford to test it on animals, so they bought an artificial trachea from an outside company. Sakezles recalls it as being little more than a plastic tube. “It was a pure piece of crap. I took one look and threw it in the circular file. I had to essentially build my own model.” So he and colleagues crafted a trachea from multiple polymers, realistically simulating cartilage rings, muscles, and a mucosal layer.After getting his Ph.D. in 1998, Sakezles eventually began consulting for medical device firms. He found they were interested in his experience building realistic models of tissues and organs. “The company grew out of that. It wasn’t a burst of lightning. It was a gradual thing. I never thought of it as a standalone business.”Sakezles did eventually write a business plan for a synthetic tissues company that he pitched to potential investors. He failed miserably, he says. “Everyone thought I was insane. I’m a terrible pitchman. I’m the scientist. I’m the tech guy.” But Sakezles was able to scramble together money from friends, family, and his own bank account to push ahead with the company.He started developing tissue analogs first, only later moving onto organs and then whole bodies. The company now markets some 100 artificial body parts made from materials that mimic the mechanical, thermal, and physicochemical properties of live tissue and can replace the use of animals or human cadavers. Medical device companies, medical schools interested in surgical training, and companies doing ballistic tests are just some of SynDaver’s customers. “I proved the naysayers wrong. There definitely is a market,” Sakezles says.And although he may not personally be a great salesman, his company’s artificial cadavers—the flagship model costs about $40,000—have been a boon for publicity. SynDaver’s products have popped up in many TV shows, including Grey’s Anatomy and MythBusters. Sakezles, who notes Shark Tank’s producers deftly edited his more than 2 hours with the investors panel into just a 10-minute segment, says he went on the show truly looking to land an investment partner. He specifically wanted Herjavec or Mark Cuban, another shark who specializes in technology. But he admits publicity for the company was also a major motivation. “From the exposure side, we knocked it out of the park,” Sakezles says. This story is a bonus online element for the package on science entrepreneurship that appears in the 12 June issue of Science.Last month, millions of people watching ABC’s prime-time television show Shark Tank learned what Christopher Sakezles says his wife already knew—that he can sweat a lot when nervous. Despite a perspiration-drenched presentation on 8 May in front of the show’s five celebrity investors—he ignored his wife’s suggestion to spray his face with antiperspirant—the polymer scientist landed the biggest deal in Shark Tank’s history. With a life-size synthetic cadaver as a prop, Sakezles persuaded technology entrepreneur Robert Herjavec to pay $3 million for a 25% stake in SynDaver Labs, a firm that Sakezles founded a decade ago to create realistic artificial tissues, organs, and whole bodies for surgical training and other purposes.But as fans of Shark Tank know well, not every deal struck on the show lasts once the cameras turn off. After Sakezles and Herjavec traded further information and initial terms, the partnership fell apart. One sticking point was obvious on the show, as the investors challenged Sakezles’s plan to invest SynDaver’s immediate profits back into the company for further product development. “They wanted to replace me as CEO and this is not something I will allow at this point,” Sakezles says. 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The plan, which will foster the development of a modern energy sector in Jamaica, is scheduled to be completed by year end. Mr. Vidal was speaking at an energy forum hosted by the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce recently at the General Accident Meeting Room, 58 Half-Way Tree Road, Kingston 10. Principal Director in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Fitzroy Vidal, says the new Integrated Resource Plan for the energy sector will guide households and business owners on how to lower the overall cost they incur annually on electricity consumption.The plan, which will foster the development of a modern energy sector in Jamaica, is scheduled to be completed by year end.“Ultimately, the plan, when implemented, should see a strategic, consistent and sustainable lowering of the price of electricity, which means that more people will have access to affordable electricity,” Mr. Vidal said.“It is an electricity plan for the country’s electricity use. It’s integrated, because it looks at all the key areas in various users of electricity – what is required from medium to long term, the 20-year planning horizon in terms of how the demand will grow in that period, and how will we find clean and renewable energy sources to meet those demands,” he noted further.Mr. Vidal was speaking at an energy forum hosted by the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce recently at the General Accident Meeting Room, 58 Half-Way Tree Road, Kingston 10.He noted that the plan is in keeping with the energy objectives of Vision 2030, Jamaica’s National Development Plan.“The heart of the Energy Vision 2030 is geared towards energy efficiency, renewable-energy development and improving the governance,” he said.Mr. Vidal, who spoke to JIS News after his presentation, said the country is “doing fairly well” in achieving the targets.He cited the passage of the Electricity Act of 2015, which he said “really makes a big difference in how the key stakeholders relate with each other and how they carry out their business”.The law provides a modern codified system of regulating the generation, transmission, supply, distribution and dispatch of electricity.It promotes transparency among participants in the electricity sector; clarifies their roles and responsibilities; facilitates efficient and sustainable development of the sector, supported by adequate levels of investment; promotes energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources; prescribes the required standards in the electricity sector; ensures the safety of the public; and provides transparency in regulation.Mr. Vidal told JIS News that there are seven priority areas for Energy Vision 2030.These are for energy conservation efficiency throughout the entire country; modernising the energy infrastructure; developing energy-renewable sources; fuel diversification; improving the governance framework; creating a government model for efficient and cost-effective energy use; and to encourage industries to make them more keen on renewable-energy technologies. Principal Director in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Fitzroy Vidal, says the new Integrated Resource Plan for the energy sector will guide households and business owners on how to lower the overall cost they incur annually on electricity consumption. Story Highlights
VANCOUVER – Vancouver police say a woman who claimed to have been arrested by fake police officers in a fraud scheme exaggerated her report.Police now say that the woman was never physically approached by people claiming to be officers, but detectives have confirmed she was scammed out of $6,000.The department issued a warning on Thursday, saying there was a new twist to the so-called Canada Revenue Agency scam and that it involved fake RCMP officers arresting a woman and taking her to a Bitcoin machine to deposit money.Police say the 58-year-old woman was embarrassed that she fell for the scam, panicked and exaggerated her story.Const. Jason Doucette says in a news release that this Canada Revenue Agency scam was no different than other telephone fraud reported in the past.Police say the word needs to get out that the Canada Revenue Agency doesn’t threaten people with arrest, won’t send police to collect the funds and doesn’t accept Bitcoin or gift cards as payment.
NEWTON, MA — Students at Lasell College were named to the Dean’s List for their strong academic performance in the fall 2018 semester:Victoria CaponeSamantha KelleyKyra WalshTo be named to the Dean’s List, they needed to complete at least 12 credits as a full-time student and achieve a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Lasell College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Lasell CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 31 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At UMass AmherstIn “Education”3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Lasell CollegeIn “Education”
The lawyer representing Payal Tadvi’s family told the court that the circumstances of her death suggested it was a murder case.FacebookThe post-mortem report of Payal Tadvi, who allegedly ended her life after facing “extreme harassment” and casteist remarks, has revealed evidence of a ligature mark on her neck. Under ‘provisional cause of death’, the autopsy report stated ‘evidence of ligature mark over the neck.’A Mumbai court on Wednesday (May 29) sent all the three accused in the suicide case of postgraduate medical student doctor to two-day police custody as her family sought directions for the crime to be treated as a murder.The lawyer representing Tadvi’s family told the court that the circumstances of her death suggested it was a murder case.”From the circumstances of her death and bruise mark on her body, we can say that it must be a case of murder and not of suicide. Police must investigate this case in the lines of a murder investigation. Police should be given 14 days time for that,” said Nitin Satpute, counsel representing the deceased’s family as quoted by news agency ANI.Satpute alleged that the accused had taken her body to some other place and later it brought it to the hospital so there is a suspicion of tampering with the evidence.The case was being heard before magistrate RM Sadrani of a Mumbai sessions court.Seeking the maximum custody of 14 days, prosecutor Jay Singh Desai told the magistrate that the witnesses are under pressure.”The accused are superior to almost every witness in the case. Witnesses are afraid of the accused to give their statement. This case may create social unrest if not investigated properly. The police have to retrieve WhatsApp communication from the phones of the accused,” Desai argued.In defence, the lawyers representing the accused dismissed the charge of abetment of suicide and told the court that the three were not aware of Tadvi’s caste.Responding to the request of treating the case as a murder, accused Bhakti Mehre’s counsel Sandip Bali said, “As the intervener claimed that this is a murder case, I will emphasize that let all medical reports come in.”Mehre’s lawyer also contended that the abetment of suicide charge, saying that it is only based on the statement of Tadvi’s mother and is not supported by any other proof.Advocate Abad Ponda, appearing for accused Hema Ahuja and Ankita Khandelwal, rubbished the claims that the deceased was harassed on the basis of her social identity.”Accused were not aware that the deceased got admission under any quota so they did not know her caste,” he argued.The accused, Ankita Khandelwal, Bhakti Mehre and Hema Ahuja, were arrested for allegedly abetting the post-graduate medical student Dr Tadvi, who belonged to the Scheduled Tribe community, to end her life at her hostel in BYL Nair Hospital on May 22.The hospital administration had formed an anti-ragging committee to probe the case.The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) had suspended the three doctors, who on Monday, wrote to the association urging for a fair probe.
The team proposes two main scientific goals for JWST when it comes to observing these moons. The first task would be completing the infrared survey of major satellites. The second goal is geology-related and described as “monitoring surface changes of active satellites.” The researchers presented their proposal in a paper published on the arXiv.”The James Webb Space Telescope will allow observations with a unique combination of spectral, spatial, and temporal resolution for the study of outer planet satellites within our solar system. We highlight the infrared spectroscopy of icy moons and temporal changes on geologically active satellites as two particularly valuable avenues of scientific inquiry,” the scientists wrote in the paper.JWST will be equipped in four scientific instruments: the Near InfraRed Camera (NIRCam), the Near InfraRed Spectrograph (NIRSpec), the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) and the Fine Guidance Sensor/Near Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph (FGS/NIRISS).These instruments provide a unique opportunity to obtain high spectral resolution infrared spectra from planetary satellites in wavelength regions that cannot be observed from Earth. JWST’s results could complement observations of outer solar system moons conducted by Voyager and Cassini missions.The scientists hope that the telescope’s key scientific contribution could be determining the compositions of giant gas planets’ irregular satellites. They note that even at very low spatial resolution, near-infrared spectroscopy is sensitive to H2O and other ices, as well as silicates and spectral slopes characteristic of complex organic “tholins” (heteropolymer molecules formed by solar ultraviolet irradiation of simple organic compounds such as methane or ethane).”JWST has the sensitivity to provide unique compositional data on irregular satellites. For example, in the one to 2.5 micron region of the near-infrared, amorphous vs. crystalline surface composition of icy bodies could be surveyed extensively using JWST NIRSpec,” the paper reads.Irregular satellites are important sources of dust in the giant planet systems. Dust orbits evolve under effects of radiation pressure and solar tides. By linking the sizes, densities, and albedos of dust particles to the source satellite surface compositions, JWST could offer new insights into the role of these satellites in the production of dust particles. More information: Observing Outer Planet Satellites (except Titan) with JWST: Science Justification and Observational Requirements, arXiv:1511.03735 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1511.03735AbstractThe James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will allow observations with a unique combination of spectral, spatial, and temporal resolution for the study of outer planet satellites within our Solar System. We highlight the infrared spectroscopy of icy moons and temporal changes on geologically active satellites as two particularly valuable avenues of scientific inquiry. While some care must be taken to avoid saturation issues, JWST has observation modes that should provide excellent infrared data for such studies. Explore further © 2015 Phys.org How Hubble’s successor will give us a glimpse into the very first galaxies Citation: Scientists plan to observe outer solar system moons using JWST (2015, November 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-11-scientists-outer-solar-moons-jwst.html The rendering of the James Webb Space Telescope in space. Image credit: Northrop Grumman. Journal information: arXiv The observations of geologic activity of the outer solar system moons, described by Kestay and his colleagues as the second main goal for JWST could also bring remarkable scientific results. The telescope will be able to detect changes on the surface that are indicative of temporal variations in composition and temperature.Many of the outer planet satellites are remarkably active. For instance, Jupiter’s moon Io, Neptune’s largest moon Triton, and Enceladus, Saturn’s icy satellite, have active eruptions. The recent suggestion of active plumes above Europa, orbiting Jupiter, is especially exciting because it may provide samples from a habitable environment that is otherwise extremely challenging to access.The scientists believe that the best moon for these observations would be Io. They note that JWST could observe significant surface changes on this satellite where volcanic activity is very high.”The observations every six months that JWST can make of the Jovian system is very well suited for monitoring the creation and fading of colorful plume deposits on Io which typically happen on a timescales of several months and have diameters of many hundreds of kilometers,” the researchers wrote.They are convinced that JWST observations could also resolve other scientific problems related to Io, such as the eruption temperature of its lavas and the uncertainty about the composition and state of its mantle. This could be crucial to our understanding of how tidal heating works in the Jovian system.The researchers conclude that these two types of JWST observations will enable compelling science of outer solar system moons. They present the telescope as an important tool for studying planetary satellites, underlining that the road to understanding the origins of the universe leads through the observations of our outer solar system. Finally, they encourage the scientific community to use their paper to formulate more specific observation plans. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), often touted as Hubble’s successor, is slated to be launched in 2018 to study every phase of cosmic history, mainly by observing the most distant objects in the universe. The telescope will also be useful for investigating extrasolar planetary systems as well as planets within our solar system. Now, a team of researchers led by Laszlo Kestay, the director of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Astrogeology Science Center, has laid out its plan to use the telescope’s capabilities to better understand our planetary neighborhood by putting emphasis on outer solar system moons and their geology.