BDYHAX: Austin’s Inaugural Bodyhacking Convention to Feature New Projects From The Thought Emporium

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Trammell Ventures, a think tank, business incubator and founder of Austin’s inaugural bodyhacking and biohacking convention, BDYHAX, is proud to announce the latest nanorobot and implant projects from The Thought Emporium to be featured during the event this February.

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"Nanorobots will revolutionize hundreds of industries by allowing for the creation of reusable catalysts. They also allow for the fabrication of complex bioreactors, and much more. Best part? They’re cheap, entirely synthetic, and easy to manufacture.”

Trammell Ventures, a think tank, business incubator and founder of Austin’s inaugural bodyhacking and biohacking convention, BDYHAX, is proud to announce the latest projects from The Thought Emporium to be featured during the event this February.

Of particular interest is an early prototype of their new patent-pending, modular nanoparticle system called Sentinel which can carry & release molecular cargo on demand, and be manipulated through the human body or the environment. Such a system has thrilling applications across a variety of industries; in the field of medicine, it could not only revolutionize current drug delivery systems, but allow users to 3d print tissue, hunt down cancers in the body, then visualize and/or destroy the offending cells. These nanoparticles could essentially permit a whole new set of contrast agents for MRI imaging, or be made to heat up and kill diseased tissue. For the environment, these nanorobots could also be used to clean the oceans of toxins, pollutants, and oils, or create smart fertilizers for agricultural purposes. As a modular system, it can work in conjunction with most molecular targeting systems already available on the market to boost efficacy of existing systems.

Justin Atkin, one of the co-creators of the system, believes that "Nanorobots will revolutionize hundreds of industries by allowing for the creation of reusable catalysts. They also allow for the fabrication of complex bioreactors, and much more. Best part? They’re cheap, entirely synthetic, and easy to manufacture.”

The Thought Emporium is also working on a transdermal implant prototype which features a new coating that is designed to allow the implant to seal to the body. Most transdermal implants sit partially under the skin, but are open to the outside environment, so no matter how well they heal there is always a microscopic gap between the body and implant which can promote the growth of unwanted bacteria. This new prototype would be much safer for patients who need drainage tubes or catheters, and could be a pain-free alternative for diabetic or dialysis patients who currently rely on chronic injections to maintain health.

And as the battery wars heat up, The Thought Emporium will be reviewing their Supercap - a new kind of battery that charges in minutes instead of hours, and can hold much more power than is currently available. Within a year, Mr. Atkin expects to build one smaller than a car battery, but strong enough to power a house. He’s also working with his research partner, Amal, to make tiny, non-toxic ones designed to replace the dangerously flammable lithium batteries currently used in implants.

About BDYHAX
Bodybuilders, tattoo enthusiasts, tech folk, and every other group out there have their own conventions focused on precisely what they’re already into. BDYHAX is a little different. By bringing everyone together, BDYHAX seeks to to expand horizons, create new connections, and, hopefully, encourage new frontiers to be explored. Join bodyhackers from all walks of life share philosophies, technologies, and maybe the occasional cocktail, all in the name of altering the human body as its owner sees fit. To view the full BDYHAX lineup and register for the event, visit https://bodyhackingcon.com/.

About The Thought Emporium
A self-described lifelong tinkerer and inventor, Justin Atkin’s background in science began with a passion for chemistry and nuclear fusion at the tender age of 14. During university, his studies shifted to biology and nanotech, where he’s been working ever since. Mr. Atkin’s research focuses on synthesizing nanomaterials and an ever-growing collection of high-tech coatings; he even makes graphene and aerogel at his home lab. He can be found online frequenting the biohack.me boards, as well as his own YouTube channel, TheThoughtEmporium.

Kunal Sharma, co-creator of the nanoparticle system, enjoys doing research in a wide variety of scientific fields, ranging from antibiotic resistance in mutant bacteria to synthetic organic chemistry and its pharmaceutical applications. His main research interests lie within the domain of drug discovery and novel methods of drug delivery.

The nanoparticle project is also being advised by 3 professors from Carleton University: Jeff Manthorpe, Bill Willmore, and Maria DeRosa.
For more on The Thought Emporium, visit http://www.thethoughtemporium.com/.

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