Tech notes: Software jobs, substance treatment app offered, Agilent buys, InterDigital sells, Costco’s digital membership

A 50-state report on hot job categories shows that In Delaware, the position of software developer for applications is the fastest-growing occupation, with a 260 percent increase over the past decade.
The study comes from Commercial Cafe, which sent along with the following chart on fast -growing job categories in all 50 states.
The growth is at least a partial reflection of the state’s growing financial technology, “fintech community” that is focusing on apps that allow people to receive banking services around the clock. (See 50-state list below).
Delaware differed from many states, where the top job category was personal care assistant, a reflection of an aging population.

UD partners with cmpanies on Smartphone app offering info on substance abuse issues

A new smartphone app puts a network of information and support about opioid and other substance use disorders into the hands of users, their loved ones and health care providers.

The app, Help Near and Now (or HeNN), was developed by a multidisciplinary team at the University of Delaware, along with industry partners Greenline Business Group and CompassRed.

Click here Apple IOS app or here for Google Play app.

It offers features designed to address Delaware’s opioid crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the state was ranked in the top 10 in the nation for highest 2018 overdose rates, with 400 fatal overdoses.

“Like many other states across the country, overdose deaths in Delaware continue to escalate and are expanding to other types of opioids and other drugs, both legal and illegal in origin,” said Tammy L. Anderson, leader of the team that developed HeNN.

A professor of sociology and criminal justice and associate director of the University’sCenter for Drug and Health Studies, Anderson has been studying drugs and crime since the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s. She said HeNN provides a location-based, interactive platform to connect those with opioid and other substance use disorders and their families to resources and services.

The app is free.

In addition to the wide access, another important feature is that the app creates a peer network where people can rate and comment on services.

Gabriel Humphreys, director of technology and operations at Green Line Business Group, said the company was enthusiastic about the project from the start.

“On hearing HeNN’s mission and proposed goals, we knew immediately they aligned with Green Line’s values,” he said. “So we decided to contribute our expertise in crafting location-based mobile apps in order to provide the help HeNN’s users need.”

The app lists available resources, using location-based services to map where each is located, and provides driving directions and information on available public transportation to the nearest services. It also includes an “events” section that can be continually updated with information about support group meetings, adolescent counseling sessions or similar one-time or recurring services.

Innovation Space announces advisory council

The Delaware Innovation Space announced the formation of the Entrepreneurial Advisory Council (the EAC) for the Delaware Innovation Space and is pleased to introduce its foundational class which includes the following experts with diverse perspectives from across the country:

The EAC will be asked to provide specific advice and perform periodic assessments to aid the Delaware Innovation Space with further development and enhancement of its overall offering with the continual goal of keeping abreast of industry trends and the needs of the scientific entrepreneurial community.

“I am excited to partner with the EAC and their diverse wisdom and perspectives to enable the Delaware Innovation Space to provide the best home for science entrepreneurs and their startups,” says Bill Provine, CEO of the Delaware Innovation Space. “Our goal at the Innovation Space is to rapidly accelerate science-based startups to market years earlier than otherwise would be achieved.”

Advisory board members are

  • Saeed Amidi
    Founder and CEO, Plug and Play Tech Center and Ventures
    Partner, Amidzad Ventures
  • Michael Burychka
    Founder and CEO, IP Group, Inc.
  • John Carlisle
    Director, Chain Reaction Innovations at Argonne National Lab
  • Vanessa Z. Chan
    Professor of Material Science & Engineering and Innovation & Entrepreneurship at UPENN
    Partner, Robin Hood Ventures
  • Frederick (Rick) Jones
    Partner at BioAdvance
  • Cheryl Martin
    Founder, Harwich Partners
    Former Director, ARPA-E
  • Purnesh Seegopaul
    General Partner, Pangaea Ventures
  • Ben Solomon
    Founder and Managing Partner, FedTech
  • Robert Urban
    Former/Retired Global Head, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, LLC
  • Andrea Wesser-Brawner
    Senior VP of Strategy and Partnerships, InBIA, International Business Innovation Association

Agilent buys another company

Testing equipment company Agilent Technologies Inc. signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-owned BioTek Instruments for $1.165 billion.

Agilent has operations in the Little Falls area west of Wilmington.

BioTek designs, manufacturesand distributes life science instrumentation. Agilent operates similar businesses.

BioTek generated revenues of $162 million in fiscal year 2018 ending December 31 and is expected to grow approximately 10 percent in 2019.

“BioTek represents a strong strategic fit with Agilent,” said Mike McMullen, Agilent president and CEO. “The combination of these two companies will accelerate our multi-year growth strategy to expand our position in cell analysis. This is another example of Agilent investing in high-growth segments of the life sciences market to serve new and existing customers. Agilent is committed to continuing operations in Vermont and retaining the great team of nearly 500 employees that have been at the core of BioTek’s 50-year history of excellence and success.”

Agilent has been making acquisitionsin the health science area in recent years.

InterDigital sells CEVA

CEVA, Inc., a licensor of signal processing platforms and artificial intelligence processors for connected devices, today announced the acquisition of the Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc. business from north Wilmington-bsaed InterDigital, Inc. Hillcrest Labs is a leading global supplier of software and components for sensor processing.

InterDigital is a research and patent-holdingfirm in areas such as mobile technology.

Costco goes digital on membership cards

Finally, Warehouse giant Costco is now offering an app that serves as a membership card.

This is nothing new. YMCAs in Delaware have offered the feature for years.

The big gripes, according to a story from Business Insider, is the need to keep the plastic around when filling up at the gas pumps and the lack of ApplePay.

The lone Delaware Costco does not have gas, reportedly because the pumps would sit under an aquifer.

Costco typically offers gas at prices that are a dime or more below the competition. Rival BJ’s uses a similar appraoch at its Delaware stores.

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