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A Houston robotics innovator’s next mission, must-see events and more trending news

A Houston robotics innovator’s next mission, must-see events and more trending news

A Houston robotics innovator’s next mission, must-see events and more trending news

Editor’s note:Let’s round up the most-read innovation news from Houston this weekInnovationMap’s Houston tech and startup trending articles and daily newsletter featured a Houston innovator’s hottest startup, must-see events, and more.

Houston innovator bets on humanoid robotics with new startup

Nicolaus Radford, founder of Nauticus Robotics and the person who led it to its IPO, shares details of his new company, PersonaAI. Image via LinkedIn

For his next project, Houston entrepreneur Nicolaus Radford has created — in what he describes as an “anti-stealth” initiative — a new company that hopes to take humanoid robotics out of science fiction novels and into manufacturing plants.

Radford, who led his last company, Nauticus Robotics, from its founding to its IPO, left the company in January. He tells InnovationMap that he started receiving very attractive offers from other robotics companies, but that none of them seemed right for him. However, he couldn’t get the idea of ​​​​moving forward in humanoid robotics out of his head.

“Humanoids are the holy grail of all robotics,” says Radford. “It’s what every science fiction writer has always dreamed of.”

“It’s the future,” he continues. “And now, with this generative AI moment of 2022, where these machines seem much more capable, flexible and reprogrammable, they can reason in real time. That’s a very important thing.” Keep reading.

Houston company focused on neurodegenerative research expands collaboration with Houston Methodist

Coya Therapeutics announced an expanded research collaboration with Houston Methodist Research Institute, as well as funding from the Johnson Center. Photo via TMC.edu

A clinical-stage Houston biotechnology company has expanded its collaboration with the Houston Methodist Research Institute, or HMRI.

Coya Therapeutics is now well established enough to go public in late 2022, but there is always room for growth. With the help of a new sponsored research agreement, Coya will work on multiple initiatives. Coya is led by co-founder and CEO Howard Berman, who was inspired by his father’s dementia diagnosis.

“I was interested in what I could do for my father,” Berman said on the Houston Innovators podcast, explaining that he met with renowned Houston Methodist researcher and neurologist Dr. Stanley Appel, who showed him that he was not only working on treatments that could help Berman’s now-deceased father, but had also been able to stop the progression of ALS. Keep reading.

Why this Houston healthcare professional took on the role of founder to revolutionize the industry

Ayoade Joy Ademuyewo founded Lokum last year to create a solution to better connect medical specialists with healthcare facilities across the country. Photo courtesy of Lokum

Ayoade Joy Ademuyewo says anesthesiology is “the best thing in the world.” That’s why she became a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

And that career, which she says is “the perfect mix of science and art,” led her to the creation of her startup, Lokum.

Lokum App is a job search engine that seeks to connect Ademuyewo’s colleagues with jobs. She explains that before her innovation, recruitment for nurse anesthetists traditionally depended on job boards 30 years older than her or recruitment agencies that left them at a disadvantage.

“I didn’t want to use that job board because it was kind of hard to use and I didn’t want to use it, and a lot of other people felt the same way,” she recalls. Keep reading.

3 Houston Innovators You Should Know This Week

This week’s roundup of Houston innovators includes Melanie Johnson of Collaborative for Children, Aditya Mohite of Rice University, and Lani Doyle of Cart.com. Photos courtesy

Each week, I introduce you to a group of Houston innovators who have recently made headlines for their technology innovations, investment activity, and more. This week’s group includes a leader of a nonprofit organization introducing new technologies, a Rice University professor specializing in solar technology, and a new employee at a fast-growing Houston startup. Keep reading.