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Raymond Vahan Damadian (born March 16, 1936) is an American physician, medical practitioner, and inventor of the first MR (Magnetic Resonance) Scanning Machine. Unfortunately, he passed away at the age of 86 on August 3, 2022. Here’s his life story:
Received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin and an MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
In 1969, he conceived the idea for the MRI.
Made the discovery in 1970 that is the basis for the making of every MRI image ever produced, the foundation of the MRI industry. Dr. Damadian discovered that there is a marked difference from normal and cancerous tissues of the same type, as well as from different types of normal tissues.
Awarded the world's first MRI patent - filed in March 1971.
On July 3, 1977, he built the world's first MRI scanner, Indomitable, which produced the world's first MRI scan.
Founded FONAR Corporation in 1978, the first company in the MRI industry, maker of the QED80, the world's first MRI scanner in 1980.
In 1988, he was awarded The National Medal of Technology by President Ronald Reagan.
In 1989, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame joining a select group of renowned pioneers, including Thomas Edison, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Alexander Graham Bell, and Henry Ford.
You can read more about his accomplishment in this New York Times article!
Armenian Tech News 📣
🚀 Congrats to Easydmarc for their $2.3M Seed round led by Acrobator Ventures. A B2B SaaS solution that claims to make email authentication simple for SMEs by securing a domain and email infrastructure, protecting from phishing, and increasing email deliverability.
♻️ CurbWaste closes a $6 Million seed round to provide waste haulers with SaaS software solutions. Congratulations to the whole team. Led by multi-stage investment firm B Capital along with software investor Mucker Capital.
🤖 Copy.ai reached 2M users. A startup building AI-powered copywriting tools for business customers.
🤑 Henry Arslanian launched Nine Blocks Capital Management with the mission of becoming the world’s leading institutional grade crypto asset management firm.
🤝 2 Armenian startups will compete in the international finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup. Text'nPayMe and HopShop. Both will represent Armenia in the EWC international finals and will fight for a prize fund of 1 million dollars. HopShop is the Shazam of fashion. It helps shoppers find and buy any clothing and accessories online and offline.
💰 The co-founders of "Seaside Startup Summit" founded a new international venture company, Triple S Venture. We plan to invest in about 30 start-up companies in the next 3 years.
💼 DataFest Yerevan is a conference covering diverse topics in machine learning, with a strong focus on engineering and applications. It is a forum for sharing ideas and fostering collaboration. Sept 2-3, Buy your tickets now
👀 An evening of networking and presentations focussing on High-Growth Technologies, Venture Capital and Innovation, which is set to take place in Paris on Thursday, 29th September 2022 at Cercle de l'Union Interalliée, a highly exclusive venue in Paris, situated in the heart of Champs-Élysées organized by Armenians in Finance group. Buy your tickets today!
We are still fundraising for a TUMO box in Armenia to offer education to the youth. Every dollar gets matched! Your $5 donation will become $10! With your support, we will be able to give the opportunity to over 320 kids to attend this institution and provide all the tools they need to create their own future within Armenia. Reach out to us if you are interested in partnering with us on this project.
🚨 Hye Ventures Syndicate: As mentioned a few months ago (read about it here), we now have an investment syndicate looking to back Armenian founders that are raising capital. If you are interested in supporting product-driven, Armenian founders as an investor, fill out the form & we’ll be happy to share our investment opportunities with you!
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Lenny Rachitsky Podcast is topping the business charts in Armenia! Check it out
Crypto / Web 3.0:
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YerevaNN is hiring a Machine Learning Researcher (Junior / Mid / Senior). Apply today.
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Startup spotlight 👨💻👩💻
EasyDmarc, founded by an Avag Arakelyan and Gerasim Hovhannisyan in 2018, is All-In-1 solution for securing your domain and email infrastructure. Their tools help to identify existing problems easily and configure your domain correctly in order to protect you and your business from phishing (email spoofing) attacks and increase email deliverability. With advanced tools, such as DMARC reporting, DMARC Record Generator, SPF wizard, Blacklist checking and delisting, keaked email alerting, our system helps to stay safe and maintain the "health" of your domain. The startup now says it has 30,000 clients from 130 countries and has analyzed a staggering 9 billion emails. Read about their recent financing on Techcrunch.
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