Finalists selected for Lever's Western Massachusetts Health Technology Challenge

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Finalists have been selected for Lever's Western Mass Health Technology Challenge, open to health technology startups in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties. 
 
Five teams will work with Lever to advance their cleantech businesses over the next several months.
 
The finalists will then compete for a total of $75,000 in grants to be awarded at the pitch finale at the Institute for Applied Life Sciences at UMass Amherst on March 3. The challenge is funded in part by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, an economic development investment agency dedicated to supporting the growth and development of the life sciences in Massachusetts.
 
Western Massachusetts Health Technology Challenge Finalists
 
Quaesar Therapeutics - Anujan Ramesh
Quaesar Therapeutics has developed a non-invasive blood-based diagnostic test that can detect the incidence and spread of ovarian cancer significantly earlier compared to clinical standards. 
 
Latde Diagnostics - Emily Melzer
Latde Diagnostics is developing a rapid, low-cost, test to determine antibiotic susceptibility for bloodborne pathogens. 
 
To Be Named - Govind Srimathveeralli
Srimathveerali's team has technology to generate on-demand liquid biopsy samples to support rapid diagnosis.
 
Baystate Health - Anant Shinde
Baystate Health is developing a high-dose non-invasive brain stimulator to expand the capabilities of clinical MRI studies. MRI setting.  
 
MacFarlane Medical - Connor MacFarlane
MacFarlane Medical's Improved Insulin Delivery (IID) port is easy to use, discrete, waterproof, and most importantly, convenient and reliable, giving diabetic patients increased comfort and freedom.
 
 

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Berkshire County Edward Jones Accepts Limited Partnership Offers

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Rob Adams, an Edward Jones financial advisor in North Adams, accepted an invitation to become a limited partner, while Patricia Kolis, a senior branch office administrator, accepted an invitation to increase her holdings in The Jones Financial Companies, L.L.L.P., the holding company for the St. Louis-based financial services firm.
 
"I am honored to be invited to become a limited partner in the firm," said Adams. "I value working at a firm with such a strong sense of purpose -- to make a positive difference for our clients, colleagues and community."
 
"I couldn't agree more," Kolis said. "I've always enjoyed my job and the Edward Jones culture that promotes personal relationships, teamwork and doing what's right for our clients. So, being an owner in this firm is really exciting."
 
Adams joined Edward Jones in 2016 and has served investors in North Adams and surrounding area for the past 7 years. 
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