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Biotech company targeting kidney injury wins TechOut & a $200,000 (!) prize

TechOut, the annual competition among startups put on by the New Hampshire High Tech Council, has gotten much bigger: This year it awarded $300,000 rather than $100,000 to the two firms chosen from six finalists. The winner is Kantum Diagnostics of Concord, which is developing a “diagnostic and therapeutic combination” to prevent and treat acute kidney injury: “Years of looking through a microscope have paid off finally,” said professor Sylvie Breton, co-founder and CSO of Kantum.

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Free talk to discuss drones as a research tool

I recently wrote a column about researchers using drones to study archaeology in NH, but that's far from the only way scientists are using drones. They are cropping up in lots of research, from agricultural studies to creating three-dimensional models to surveying...

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About Granite Geek

Dave Brooks has written a science/tech column since 1991 - yes, that long - and has written this blog since 2006, keeping an eye on topics of geekish interest in and around New Hampshire, from software to sea level rise, population dynamics to printing (3-D, of course). He moderates monthly Science Cafe NH discussions, beer in hand, and discusses the geek world regularly on New Hampshire Public Radio.

Brooks earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics but got lost on the way to the Ivory Tower and ended up in a newsroom. He has reported for newspapers from Tennessee to New England. Rummage through his bag of awards you'll find oddities like three Best Blog prizes from the New Hampshire Press Association and a Writer of the Year award from the N.H. Farm and Forest Bureau, of all places. He joined the Concord Monitor in 2015.

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