Security testing firm NSS Labs ceases operations, citing coronavirus

Security testing company NSS Labs “ceased operations” last week, the company said in a notice on its website, citing impacts related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Austin, Texas-based company was quietly acquired by private equity firm Consecutive last October. But last week, the company was reportedly preparing for layoffs, according to Dark Reading, which first reported news of the company’s shuttering.

In a brief post on LinkedIn, NSS Labs’ chief executive Jason Brvenik hinted at layoffs, adding: “If you are in need of excellent people that exceed my high standards, please get in touch.” (Brvenik listed himself as a former chief executive on his LinkedIn profile.)

Former employees told TechCrunch that they had been laid off as a result of the company’s closure.

NSS Labs, founded in 2007, was one of the most well-known product security testing companies, allowing customers to use real threat data to stress-test their products and discover potential vulnerabilities and security issues.

But the last few years have been rocky. NSS Labs retracted its “caution” rating for CrowdStrike’s Falcon platform in 2019, after the two companies confidentially settled a lawsuit challenging the results. NSS Labs also dropped its antitrust suit against the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO), Symantec and ESET, after the testing giant claimed it had discovered evidence of the companies allegedly conspiring to make it harder to test their products.

Spokespeople for NSS Labs and Consecutive did not immediately return requests for comment.

Send tips securely over Signal and WhatsApp to +1 646-755-8849.

Startups – TechCrunch

So, we’re mom testing an idea, and we’re getting good responses and I’m getting referrals. I want to start talking to SF investors. Any tips?

My problem is: I want don't want to raise funds from my home country, I want SF money because they get growth better than my home country.

Given that I don't know anyone, YC apps are over, and that we're still at idea stage but almost to the point of paid commitments, what do I do?

submitted by /u/DrinkingSoup
[link] [comments]
Startups – Rapid Growth and Innovation is in Our Very Nature!

The Sickle Cell Testing market to go Berserk with Covid-19, to Bounce back by mid-2021 – The Think Curiouser

The Sickle Cell Testing market to go Berserk with Covid-19, to Bounce back by mid-2021  The Think Curiouser
“nigeria startups when:7d” – Google News

Base Raises $1M to Bring Lab Testing to Your Home so That You Can Be on Top of Your Health

Society is more health-conscious than ever before, and people are seeking personalized solutions to optimize their health and wellness that are convenient. Base is the at-home lab testing subscription that uses saliva or finger-prick testing to analyze and assess various categories or “tracks” to reveal more about an individual’s health. Once test results are available via the app, Base’s partner network of physicians and nutritionist help you understand the results and develop a plan. Initially, the company is focused on six everyday issues that may be bothering you but you haven’t found the time to get to the doctor’s office to address like energy levels, stress, sleep, diet, and sexual wellness.  A test costs $ 55 on a subscription basis and the app which gives you access to a team of health professionals and scientists runs $ 4.95 per month.AlleyWatch caught up with Founder and CEO Lola Priego to learn more about the genesis for the company, the launch, and the company’s first funding from investors that include Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, Lakehouse, AmplifyHer Ventures, and K50.

Innovation to Bolster the Sickle Cell Testing Market between 2019 and 2029 – Lake Shore Gazette

Innovation to Bolster the Sickle Cell Testing Market between 2019 and 2029  Lake Shore Gazette
“nigeria startups when:7d” – Google News

[MeMed in Med Tech News] Testing times: Combatting antibiotic misuse and antimicrobial resistance

Kfir Oved, chairman, co-founder and CTO of MeMed Diagnostics, writes about the development of its new technology aiming to combat antibiotic misuse and antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Read more here.

The post [MeMed in Med Tech News] Testing times: Combatting antibiotic misuse and antimicrobial resistance appeared first on OurCrowd Blog.

OurCrowd Blog

Anyone know the procedure and approximate prices for shelf life testing pre packaged food? (UK)

I’m starting a Hot Sauce company and I’m wondering how I can get my sauces tested to calculate the expiry date?

What I imagine happens is that we make a batch, bottle it and send a bottle to somewhere. They give us the expiry date which we then put on the rest of the bottles from that batch.

Is this right? Does anyone have recommendations on where I can get tests?

submitted by /u/ACertainShadeOfRed
[link] [comments]
Startups – Rapid Growth and Innovation is in Our Very Nature!

Carbon Health to launch 100 pop-up COVID-19 testing clinics across the U.S.

Primary care health tech startup Carbon Health has added a new element to its “omnichannel” healthcare approach with the launch of a new pop-up clinic model that is already live in San Francisco, LA, Seattle, Brooklyn and Manhattan, with Detroit to follow soon – and that will be rolling out over the next weeks and months across a variety of major markets in the U.S., ultimately resulting in 100 new COVID-19 testing sites that will add testing capacity on the order of around an additional 100,000 patients per month across the country.

So far, Carbon Health has focused its COVID-19 efforts around its existing facilities in the Bay Area, and also around pop-up testing sites set up in and around San Francisco through collaboration with genomics startup Color, and municipal authorities. Now, Carbon Health CEO and co-founder Even Bali tells me in an interview that the company believes the time is right for it to take what it has learned and apply that on a more national scale, with a model that allows for flexible and rapid deployment. In fact, Bali says the they realized and began working towards this goal as early as March.

“We started working on COVID response as early as February, because we were seeing patients who are literally coming from Wuhan, China to our clinics,” Bali said. “We expected the pandemic to hit any time. And partially because of the failure of federal government control, we decided to do everything we can to be able to help out with certain things.”

That began with things that Carbon could do locally, more close to home in its existing footprint. But it was obvious early on to Bali and his team that there would be a need to scale efforts more broadly. To do that, Carbon was able to draw on its early experience.

“We have been doing on-site, we have been going to nursing homes, we have been working with companies to help them reopen,” he told me. “At this point, I think we’ve done more than 200,000 COVID tests by ourselves. And I think I do more than half of all the Bay Area, if you include that the San Francisco City initiative is also partly powered by Carbon Health, so we’re already trying to scale as much as possible, but at some point we were hitting some physical space limits, and had the idea back in March to scale with more pop-up, more mobile clinics that you can actually put up like faster than a physical location.”

Interior of one of Carbon Health’s COVID-19 testing pop-up clinics in Brooklyn.

To this end, Carbon Health also began using a mobile trailer that would travel from town to town in order to provide testing to communities that weren’t typically well-served. That ended up being a kind of prototype of this model, which employs construction trailers like you’d see at a new condo under development acting as a foreman’s office, but refurbished and equipped with everything needed for on-site COVID testing run by medical professionals. These, too, are a more temporary solution, as Carbon Health is working with a manufacturing company to create a more fit-for-purpose custom design that can be manufactured at scale to help them ramp deployment of these even faster.

Carbon Health is partnering with Reef Technologies, a SoftBank -backed startup that turns parking garage spots into locations for businesses, including foodservice, fulfilment, and now Carbon’s medical clinics. This has helped immensely with the complications of local permitting and real estate regulations, Bali says. That means that Carbon Health’s pop-up clinics can bypass a lot of the red tape that slows the process of opening more traditional, permanent locations.

While cost is one advantage of using this model, Bali says that actually it’s not nearly as inexpensive as you might think relative to opening a more traditional clinic – at least until their custom manufacturing and economies of scale kick in. But speed is the big advantage, and that’s what is helping Carbon Health look ahead from this particular moment, to how these might be used either post-pandemic, or during the eventual vaccine distribution phase of the COVID crisis. Bali points out that any approved vaccine will need administration to patients, which will require as much, if not more infrastructure than testing.

Exterior of one of Carbon Health’s COVID-19 testing pop-up clinics in Brooklyn.

Meanwhile, Carbon Health’s pop-up model could bridge the gap between traditional primary care and telehealth, for ongoing care needs unrelated to COVID.

“A lot of the problems that telemedicine is not a good solution for, are the things where a video check-in with a doctor is nearly enough, but you do need some diagnostic tests – maybe you might you may need some administration, or you may need like a really simple physical examination that nursing staff can do with the instructions of the doctor. So if you think about those cases, pretty much 90% of all visits can actually be done with a doctor on video, and nursing staff in person.”

COVID testing is an imminent, important need nationwide – and COVID vaccine administration will hopefully soon replace it, with just as much urgency. But even after the pandemic has passed, healthcare in general will change dramatically, and Carbon Health’s model could be a more permanent and scalable way to address the needs of distributed care everywhere.

Startups – TechCrunch