Enable Injections Signs Development Deal with CSL Behring

Enable Injections has signed a long term, strategic development deal with CSL Behring AG of Bern, Switzerland, to market Enable’s novel drug delivery device. The bolus injector is about the size of an Oreo cookie and adheres to the skin. Pending regulatory approval, it would allow some patients to self-administer treatments, moving care from a clinic setting to a patient’s home.

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PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR: CincyTech 2014 Annual Big Breakfast + Startup Showcase

On November 5, kickstart your morning along with hundreds of local tech entrepreneurs, investors and other members and friends of Cincinnati’s vibrant startup community. Get to know up and coming tech companies in our startup showcase, and, as always, fuel up on good coffee, breakfast sandwiches and seasonal pastries!

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WorkFlex Introduces Intelligent Agent Self-Service Mobile Apps

WorkFlex Solutions LLC (“WorkFlex”), the industry leader in Intelligent Intraday Automation® solutions for contact centers announced today the release of new iPhone and Android apps for their Intelligent Agent-Self-Service product suite. WorkFlex empowers contact center agents with the flexibility to instantly change their schedules anywhere/anytime while ensuring that each change helps optimize staffing levels.

“The way WorkFlex has transformed the agent experience for self-service scheduling similar to how FedEx has transformed the customer experience for self-service tracking,” said Mitesh Desai, COO WorkFlex Solutions. “Our new WorkFlex mobile apps extend work-life balance empowerment literally into an agents hand.”

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CincyTech Wins National Award of Excellence

CincyTech has won a State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI) 2014 Excellence Award for Technology Based Economic Development (TBED). CincyTech won in the Increasing Access to Capital category.

SSTI is a national nonprofit organization that leads, supports and strengthens efforts to improve state and regional economies through science, technology and innovation. Its current chairman is former Pennsylvania Governor and Secretary of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge. Previous chairmen include Governor’s Dick Thornburgh of Pennsylvania, John Engler of Michigan, and Dick Celeste of Ohio.

SSTI’s nationwide competition recognizes organizations it believes can serve as models for states and regions trying to grow their innovation economies and create high-paying jobs.

“Although a young program, CincyTech has done an outstanding job increasing access to capital in the Cincinnati region,” said Dan Berglund, SSTI president & CEO. “Based on the resources they have been given, CincyTech is helping create a vibrant culture of entrepreneurship.”

“SSTI represents some of the most thoughtful, successful, and innovative practitioners in the country.” said Bob Coy. “It is an honor to be recognized by SSTI and a jury of our peers.”

CincyTech is one of five programs recognized by SSTI across five categories. This year’s winners received the awards at SSTI’s Annual Conference in Chicago, attended by more than 300 economic development leaders from 42 states.

CincyTech Portfolio Companies Well Represented at 2014 VentureOhio Awards

A strong showing for CincyTech portfolio companies at the 2014 VentureOhio Awards:

-Akebia Therapeutics won Exit of the Year.
-LISNR won Financing of the Year, Early Stage Companies, in a category of finalists comprised entirely of CincyTech portfolio companies: Aerpio Therapeutics, Ahalogy, and Roadtrippers.
-Assurex Health was a finalist for Financing of the Year, Growth Stage Companies.

CincyTech president and CEO Bob Coy said, “In a time when the availability of early stage capital is in question it is gratifying to see many of our companies are are able to secure it.”

Akebia, which is developing a drug to fight anemia related to chronic kidney disease, went public in March, with an IPO that raised $107 million.

LISNR, an audio-based mobile audience engagement platform, recently closed a $3.5 million Series A round of financing, led by Cambridge-based Progress Ventures, with participation from Progress Partners, Mercury, Jump Capital, CincyTech and Serra Ventures.

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