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Schenectady start-up working to slow contagion in buildings wins grant – The Daily Gazette

SCHENECTADY — A Schenectady startup working to thwart the spread of germs in buildings has won a $50,000 Innovate 518 grant to advance its growth cycle.

Adam Ryason founded Intelligent Medicine in 2019, before COVID hit, but the pandemic has shown the importance of being able to manage indoor airflow and particle migration, especially in buildings used for care purposes health, he said.

So the three-person company is developing ways to simulate on a computer how a building essentially breathes through its ventilation system and how that affects its human occupants.

“What we’re doing is creating a digital twin of a healthcare environment,” Ryason said.

Intelligent Medicine also won a $256,000 Small Business Innovation Research Grant from the National Science Foundation in February to advance its work.

Ryason, who holds a doctorate in medical simulation from RPI, said Intelligent Medicine is a software company looking for a way to make it harder for pathogens to spread in an indoor environment.

He said the protocols put in place at the start of the pandemic were hastily put in place out of necessity and relied too much on one-size-fits-all solutions.

“What we could see through a lot of research is that nothing is really unique,” ​​Ryason said.

Improvements can be achieved through new construction, renovations to existing buildings, or revised management of existing buildings.

Adaptability is important – if an area of ​​a facility designed for adults is suddenly used for pediatric care, for example, the whole dynamics of germ transmission may change, due to differences in how adults and children behave. Additionally, if one disease replaces another as the primary threat, the strategy for blocking it can also change significantly.

Adjusting this could be as simple as placing a temporary wall, or even one of the ubiquitous plastic or glass barriers.

There is also sometimes a mismatch between the needs of the people who work in a space and those who manage it.

“One of the big goals we have with our platform is that we want to improve communication” between the two parties, Ryason said. “What we’ve often seen is that what clinicians want and what institutions are able to provide can be at odds with each other.”

Ryason grew up in Putnam County and now lives in Niskayuna. He is joined by Mac Harris and Mehedi Bappy at Intelligent Medicine, which operates out of Urban Co-Works on Franklin Street.

Bappy focuses on computational fluid dynamics, Ryason said, and Harris on simulation development.

Innovate 518 is a collaborative effort of business incubators and simulators aimed at increasing entrepreneurial activity in the Eight-County Capital Region.

The University of Albany, which operates it, earlier this month announced $150,000 in Innovate 518 Shovel-Ready Tech funding to connect startups to investors.

Two Albany companies also won $50,000 grants: MyLUA Health, which is developing a digital maternal healthcare platform, and Re:Charge, which is developing wireless energy transfer technology.

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