NeoLight’s jaundice treatment catches another $7 million to bring neonatal light therapy to the home

NeoLight, a startup company that’s working to bring hospital-grade neonatal care technologies to the home, has raised $ 7 million more in financing.

Dignity Health and Honor Health Systems came in to support the company along with previous investors like the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his wife Ashley and other, undisclosed investors. 

Initially intended for hospital use, the company pivoted to pitch its hardware to new parents since they’re now being encouraged to take newborns home as soon as possible so that they can be quarantined.

The company’s light therapies are designed to treat conditions like jaundice, which occurs in roughly 60% of newborns and can lead to brain damage if left untreated, according to a statement from the company.

“The challenge is that the doctor may not know if treatment is necessary until the newborn is three or four days old, often after the baby has gone home from the hospital,” company founder Vivek Kopparthi said in a statement.


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[MeMed in CTech] MeMed Receives Regulatory Green Light for Test that can Greatly Reduce Antibiotics Prescriptions

Growing biopharmaceutical company MeMed Diagnostics Ltd. is transforming the way doctors have traditionally treated infections by looking to the body’s immune system for answers.

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[Unispectral in Novus Light] Unispectral Implements Industrial 3D Printing Solution to Produce Critical Parts

Unispectral’s products add a biometric layer to authentication camera systems, improves facial authentication, enables camera-based material detection and spectrum-based image segmentation and object classification, identifies bank notes and documentation, captures unseen to standard cameras defects in products, coated, electronic and optical parts, detects vital signs for remote medical, and diagnoses plants stress in the field. With unprecedented cost reduction over other spectral cameras, Unispectral is removing the barrier for new mass market adoption of low cost, miniature spectral IR camera.

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Irish dockless e-scooter startup Zipp Mobility gets green light for UK trials

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing norms, the UK government has been working on making transportation easier for the people without resorting to public transportation like buses and trains. 

In an interesting leap forward, the UK government announced a year-long e-scooter trail with a set of rules and regulations. This move comes as a part of a strategy to explore less congested and greener methods of urban transport. 

While the Swedish micro-mobility company Voi is preparing itself for launch in the UK market this summer, Zipp Mobility, its Irish counterpart is set to join the trial in the streets of the UK.

Green light for UK e-scooter trials  

Zipp Mobility, a dockless scooter sharing company that aims to reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions has announced that the UK Department for Transport (DfT) has approved the company’s e-scooter model for use in trials across the UK.

“Receiving approval from the DfT is a hugely encouraging affirmation of what we are striving for at Zipp,” said Charlie Gleeson, CEO Zipp Mobility.

Right now, the company is working with various councils to secure e-scooter licences and provide a safer and more sustainable micro-mobility solution to commuters across the UK.

Will O’Brien, Head of Growth and Government Affairs, Zipp Mobility, said, “The approval of our scooter by the DfT brings us one step closer to our goal of providing world-class scooter-sharing service to cities in the UK. Cities need scooter-sharing now more than ever due to the impact COVID-19 is having on public transport.”

Nano-septic handlebar wraps, dual braking, safety and more

According to the company, the Zipp e-scooter has been carefully designed with safety in mind. The e-scooter features an aircraft-grade aluminium frame, 10-inch airless tyres, a swappable battery, dual braking, and a low centre of gravity. 

The scooters are also equipped with nano-septic handlebar wraps that reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission by 99.98%.

Charlie Gleeson added “Not only does this confirm confidence in the safety of our e-scooter, but it also re-affirms that our bid for a more sustainable, responsible, and transparent approach to the industry is one that is being readily welcomed by authorities. The DfT approval demonstrates our readiness to help local governments respond to issues that have restrained the true potential of e-scooters as a means of future urban mobility.”

How to book Zipp e-scooters?

  • Step 1: Download the Zipp e-scooter app from Google Play or App Store
  • Step 2: Locate the nearest electric scooter using the app’s built-in GPS tracker!
  • Step 3: Scan the QR code located on the scooter and ride to your destination!

Raised €300K seed funding

Founded by Charlie Gleeson in 2019, Zipp Mobility closed a €300K seed investment round back in June, led by a London-based VC and private angel investors. 

Headquartered at NovaUCD, the Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs at University College Dublin (UCD), the Zipp e-scooter has a useful life of over two years, compared to the estimated industry average of just three months, claims the company. 

Charlie Gleeson concluded, “At Zipp, we have dedicated commitment to the circular economy which we believe is the way forward for the industry. As the UK now seeks to accelerate the adoption of e-scooters, it is a fantastic opportunity to ensure reduced congestion and sustainable operations are key considerations going forward. At Zipp, this starts with our robust e-scooter.”

Main image credits: Zipp Mobility

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[Varo Money in The Wall Street Journal] Fintech Varo Money Gets Rare Green Light to Become Bank

Financial-technology firm Varo Money Inc. said Friday it had received a national bank charter, clearing the final hurdle in its quest to become a bank.

The national charter from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency marks one of the first granted to a fintech company. It gives the startup the ability to make loans and safeguard deposits across state lines.

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E-scooter firms get the green light to start trials of up to one year on UK streets

In light of COVID-19 and social distancing regulations, the U.K. has been working on making it easier for people to get from point A to B in cities without resorting to buses and trains or bringing more cars to congested roads, and today that strategy took an interesting leap forward.

The country’s Department for Transport today announced that it would start allowing e-scooters, by way of e-scooter rental companies, to legally operate across the country initially in a trial phase starting no later than August. Councils and other authorities, including across London and other major cities, are working on putting together trials that could run for as long as 12 months under guidelines provided by the government.

The regulations come into force on July 4, the DfT said, with the first trials expected to begin a week later.

“As we emerge from lockdown, we have a unique opportunity in transport to build back in a greener, more sustainable way that could lead to cleaner air and healthier communities across Great Britain,” said Transport Minister Rachel Maclean in a statement. “E-scooters may offer the potential for convenient, clean and cost-effective travel that may also help ease the burden on the transport network, provide another green alternative to get around and allow for social distancing. The trials will allow us to test whether they do these things.”

There are some restrictions in place: E-scooters will not be able to go faster than 15.5 miles per hour, and they will only be able to use roads and cycle lanes, not sidewalks or other areas reserved for pedestrians. Users will need a drivers license (full or provisional). The scooters themselves will not need to be registered as vehicles but will need insurance. As with bicycles, users will be recommended — but not required — to wear helmets.

It seems that privately owned e-scooters will not be included in the rule relaxation, but it’s not clear what steps regulators will take — if any — to avoid the cluttering that we have seen in some cities overrun with too many dockless scooters crowding sidewalks.

The list of e-scooter hopefuls is long. From the word go, those that are looking to operate in the U.K. include Bird, Bolt (the ridesharing startup out of Estonia), Tier, Neuron Mobility, Lime, Voi and Zipp Mobility.

We’re contacting the DfT with our questions and will update this post as we learn more.

Electric scooters will now join the ranks of other shared transportation options that include bikes and e-bikes, as a complement to mass transit and of course walking or using your own nonautomotive wheels as an alternative to using cars. E-scooters have been seen both as an alternative for short distances (between 1 and 5 miles) but also as a last-mile solution in combination with other transport modes aimed at longer distances, like buses and trains.

The news today lifts restrictions that had previously been in place that classified e-scooters as motor vehicles and therefore required the e-scooters to be licensed and taxed, and for operators to have licenses to use them.

Those rules also meant that the e-scooters were illegal to use on sidewalks, with the only exception to all that being legal usage across select (and very limited) campuses on private land.

The moves come on the heels of a consultation in March to pilot e-scooter use in three regions of the U.K., along with a number of other initiatives including e-cargo carriers and using drones to transport medical supplies — the aim being to explore in quick order a number of new technologies to expand transportation options available to consumers, as well as essential businesses and the people who work in them.

The bigger trend has seen other cities also looking to relax rules to improve transportation options to people who wish to socially distance but still need to get around urban areas in ways that are quicker than walking. New York City is also expected to unveil its own roadmap for e-scooter pilots in the near future.

The news made official today had been something of a badly kept secret, specifically among transportation startups whose businesses have been in a holding pattern waiting for the regulator to ease up on restrictions that had been in place.

Just about all of those startups have been sending out alerts to journalists for over a week now with comments on the government’s widely expected announcements.

“We welcome the DfT’s announcement and are excited to be one step closer to the starting of e-scooter trials,” said Zachary Wang, CEO of Neuron Mobility, in a statement. “We are already in discussions with quite a few councils, as no two towns or cities are the same we look forward to partnering with them to safely introduce e-scooters in a way that best suits their individual needs. COVID-19 has led to a fundamental rethink of the way we travel and e-scooters have the potential to radically improve how we get around our towns and cities. We are delighted that people in the U.K. will soon be able to benefit from shared e-scooters. They will allow people to continue social distancing while also providing a more efficient travel option than gas-guzzling alternatives.”

Some have been waiting for a chance to operate for some time.

“We welcome today’s announcement from the government as it looks to get cities moving again safely and in an environmentally friendly way,” said Roger Hassan, COO of TIER Mobility, in a statement. “We already have more than 1,000 of our industry leading scooters in our U.K. warehouse, ready to be deployed and we will be shipping more over very soon. Everyone at TIER is looking forward to working with the government and with local authorities to make e-scooters in the U.K. a huge success story.”

While there had been restrictions in place before now, I should point out that they were often badly enforced: In London there have always been some private e-scooter owners zooming around alongside bikes and cars on the roads, and I’ve even stopped at red lights on my bike, with an e-scooter on one side of me and a police officer on the other, and not a word gets exchanged, just a simple shrug of “What can you do?” So decriminalising, as it has done in other industries, will hopefully mean better oversight, alongside better choice for users.

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