The Bioscience District provided seed funding for a lab demo for Neurofront Technology that was successfully completed this month.

Dr. Jason H. Huang, chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Baylor Scott & White Health, is developing a prototype device for non-invasive stroke monitoring at Neurofront Technology using technology he and his cohort developed while at the University of Rochester.

Four rounds of experiments have been completed with data collected at each round using the BrainHealth device.

The successful demonstration resulted in financial backing from an investor, said Jack Hart, director of the Temple Health and Bioscience District.

The Bioscience District is sponsoring a Medical Technology Symposium in May at Hilton Garden Inn.

Fifty-five RSVPs have been received.

Speakers will touch on topics that include: research and intellectual property/invention; protecting your invention; technology transfer; regulatory compliance and product introduction; prototyping, development and testing; the use of contract development organization; preclinical and clinical trials; labor force and economic development; funding; and Texas bioscience and legislative perspective.

Jennifer Graham, executive director of the Temple College Foundation, gave a report on 2016 summer internships the Bioscience District funded with a $15,000.

There are two internship programs that provide summer experiences for Texas Bioscience Institute students, one for high school students and one for college students

There were 180 eligible high school students, of which 35 applied and 22 were selected. There were nine eligible college students, five applied and two were selected.

“I think it’s extremely important that we include the college students in these internships,” Graham said. “They need these internships as much or more than the high school students.”

The summer internships are a STEM project which focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. Of the 23 internships, 20 were in science, one in technology, two in engineering and one in math. The internships were located at the city of Killeen, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Texas A&M–Central Texas, Texas A&M AgriLife, Baylor Scott & White, Center for Applied Health Research and University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

The actual projects were varied and ranged from developing a more professional website for Texas A&M University–Central Texas, creating a petroglyph record, developing methods for a new honey bee microbiome project to generating viscosities of different kinds of milk samples and the relationships between GPA and teen self-esteem.

Each student had to participate in a poster presentation at the end of the internship.

The students are held accountable for the financial awards they receive with the internships and only receive the stipend following the poster presentation, Graham said.

The students were selected for the 2017 internships.

“It’s been exciting to see where these students go and how they are using their summer internship experiences,” she said.

Last year, the Bioscience District board committed to providing $15,000 to the summer internship program for three years.