Raha Saremi: Founder and CEO of EcoaTEX
This week on Radio Cade... Raha Saremi joins host James Di Virgilio to discuss how her company, EcoaTEX, is disrupting the highly pollutive textile industry by using natural materials to develop sustainable products for dying, coating, and finishing textiles.
Saremi and her team developed fabric treatment methods that uses 90% less water and fewer harmful chemicals than traditional techniques: "The good thing about our method is you don't need to have any specific type of equipment in order to use the method, we can just modify and adjust the existing textile manufacturing equipment and use it with our technology."
In this episode, Saremi shares the experiences that inspired her to change the textile industry. She discusses how aspiring entrepreneurs need resilience, even if it means exploring avenues that hadn't considered before.
Raha Saremi, Ph.D., is an inventor, entrepreneur, experienced polymer, fiber, and textile scientist, and consultant specializing in circular fashion and sustainable and innovative textiles.
Dr. Saremi serves as a research lab manager in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors (TMI) at the University of Georgia, as well as chief scientific officer (CSO) of Phoenxt, an international textile recycling company.
Dr. Saremi founded EcoaTEX in 2018 and won second place in the 2021 Cade Prize for Innovation.
Carlos Moreno: Chief Scientific Officer at ResonanceDx, Inc.
Carlos Monero joins host James Di Virgilio to discuss his medical diagnostic company, ResonanceDX, and his unconventional journey to becoming a medical researcher.
Like many innovators, Carlos started his career in a different field, yet those experiences have proven to be beneficial:
"It's not the traditional path. Most people started either going to med school or biology as their undergraduate major. I guess sometimes I wish I had maybe not been so focused on aerospace...but as it turns out, it worked out very well for me."
Carlos Monero is an Associate Professor at Emory University of Medicine, and the Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at ResonanceDx, Inc. ResonanceDx placed in the Final Five for the Cade Prize Competition for Innovation in 2021.To learn more about ResonanceDx visit their website at resonancedx.com
Dr. Christine Schmidt: Biomedical Engineer and Florida Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee
In this episode, Dr. Christine Schmidt talks with host James Di Virgilio about her research in biochemically processed nerve grafts and what inspires her as an innovator: “When you think about innovation and invention, be open to the fact that what you're doing may have applications in different spaces and that you may take turns and enjoying those turns versus resisting. Those turns may lead you to some interesting pathways.”
Dr. Christine Schmidt is the Chair of the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida. She is known for her work in biomaterials science and cellular tissue engineering. In 2020, Dr. Schmidt was inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.
Using a Computer Hands-Free
Mohit Patil and Parth Shah advise other future entrepreneurs on conceptualizing a company and its products: "Don't come up with a solution looking for a problem, that almost always never works out...what you need is a problem. A problem that the society has, a problem that people are desperate to get solved and then use your engineering mind to think, oh, how can I solve that problem?".
Mohit Patil and Parth Shah co-founded Abilitare, a company that provides hands-free access to computers and smartphones for people with hand disabilities. Their products include: the Abili headmouse, a head-wearable sensor that allows the user to control the mouse cursor using head motions instead of hands, an adaptive switch that can be used with feet, fists, or elbows, and Dwell toolbar, a mouse clicking software.
In this episode, Patil and Shah share the inspiration behind their ideas with host Richard Miles and recommend always having patience, especially when starting a new business.
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