selected through mass challenge (Boston) In the Startup Accelerator Program, both companies will ISS National Laboratory To promote research and technology development (R&D).
Symphony Bio plans to use the orbiting laboratory to develop new cancer treatments that harness the immune system to fight tumors and prevent their spread.
FluxWorks aims to develop and commercialize non-contact magnetic gearboxes for a wide range of applications in extreme environments.
Through the Technology in Space Award, CASIS and Boeing awarded more than $630,000 in total awards to Symphony Bio and FluxWorks. The startup will join a growing community of researchers leveraging the final frontier to explore new possibilities and demonstrate the potential of space-based research. Since the award's inception, approximately $20 million has been awarded to more than 30 projects, many of which have already been launched to the space station.
“Boeing is pleased to partner with CASIS to support cutting-edge research advances that take advantage of the unique environment of the orbiting laboratory. Enabling research to help millions of people diagnosed with cancer and advancing mechanical innovation in contactless magnetic gear technology will benefit human life in harsh environments both in space and on Earth. .,” Said Scott Copeland, Boeing ISS Research Integration Director. “There are a lot of smart people out there with great ideas who can leverage the space station to drive innovation. These two companies of his serve as an inspiration to them all.”
“We are very proud of our partnership with ISS National Laboratory and Boeing to help high-potential startups take advantage of opportunities to enhance their solutions by conducting tests in microgravity environments. I'm excited to play this role.,” Said Will Magruder, Vice President of Partnerships, MassChallenge. “Thanks to this partnership, new technologies continue to improve life on Earth and beyond.”
“The MassChallenge US early-stage accelerator program provides Boeing and the ISS National Laboratory with an excellent vehicle to reach companies that can utilize low-Earth orbit to advance their research efforts.,” Said Michael Roberts, Chief Scientific Officer, ISS National Laboratory. “One of the roles of the ISS National Laboratory is to provide access and opportunities for researchers to take their research to new heights.Along with Boeing, FluxWorks and Symphony Bio look forward to being part of the growing space station research community”
Funds awarded to recipients in 2023 (Details below) will provide seed funding and support hardware costs for flight projects using ISS National Laboratory flights and crew time allocation.
Symphony Bio: Biopolymer cancer implant restores immune response
This project aims to test a new biopolymer implant called. simple node, designed to restore immune responses for the treatment of solid tumors. Deaths from solid tumors such as breast, lung, prostate, and colorectal cancers significantly exceed those from blood and bone marrow cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma. The use of immunotherapy in the treatment of solid tumors presents significant challenges, which can be exacerbated by environmental conditions and treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. This project aims to use microgravity as a new model system for immunosuppression and study the cellular and molecular mechanisms of immunosuppression. simple node.
FluxWorks: Experimental evaluation of non-contact magnetic gear in microgravity environment
This project will leverage the space station to test and qualify the performance of new contactless magnetic gear. The magnetic gear will be tested in several scenarios to evaluate starting behavior, dynamic behavior, vibration characteristics, and seal and bearing behavior under microgravity. Gearboxes are intended to reduce the mass of motors required in various applications. However, the lubricants needed to make them work properly are not designed for use in extreme environments like space. Magnetic gears do not require lubrication, making them an attractive alternative. This project aims to verify the suitability of the technology for use in space applications.
With support from Boeing and CASIS, these projects help highlight the critical role of space in advancing scientific understanding and improving life on Earth. To learn more about the ISS National Laboratory, including our current call for projects that utilize orbiting platforms, please visit Check out this information site…
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