MORTAR growing its space

Mortar, an accelerator and nonprofit that aims to help underserved entrepreneurs and small businesses succeed, has outgrown its space and is opening a fifth location, as well as a new headquarters.

“Lab on a Chip”

A professor at the University of Cincinnati has created a “lab-on-a-chip” device for early and noninvasive cancer detection. The device, invented by Leyla Esfandiari, assistant professor of electrical and biomedical engineering, and her research team, extracts exosomes for cancer diagnoses.

Coterie raises funds

Coterie has raised $11.5 million in series A-1 financing. Coterie takes a tech-based approach to simplifying the process of buying business insurance for small business owners. 

Increasing the production of COVID diagnostic tests

After a $5.5 million award from the NIH, Meridian Bioscience, Inc. will be increasing its production capacity of the SARS-CoV-2 molecular diagnostic test on its Revogene® platform. JobsOhio and REDI Cincinnati are partnering with Meridian to support its growth on the Meridian Bioscience campus in Newtown, OH. 

Kroger to launch store pilot

Kroger will be testing a new store—one that is entirely self-checkout. The pilot, which will feature wider self-checkout lanes with conveyor belts, will launch tomorrow in Dallas.