In the season 4 premiere episode, the TRILUNA co-founders share their story of starting a company to bring a more holistic version of wellness into corporate America.

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When Elizabeth Moore and Ashley Brooke James first met, they’d just quit their jobs to pursue careers in wellness. Amazed by the transformation that yoga had caused in their own lives, they decided to team up and build a business that would help people “get back to the basics” and take a holistic approach to overall health.

“We saw that fitness was taking the place of wellness and the full meaning of well-being,”…

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Since it was established in 2000, Cumberland Emerging Technologies has become an invaluable resource for advancing the development of innovative biomedical technologies in Tennessee. As a joint initiative between Cumberland Pharmaceuticals, Vanderbilt University, and LaunchTN, CET serves as a crucial bridge between research and commercialization, identifying breakthrough research and then providing the resource infrastructure to successfully bring it to market.

That mission is needed now more than ever. Tennessee and the mid-south have long been a hub of world-class research institutions and the healthcare industry.

Get to know the good scientists engineering enzymes to clean up your shampoo.

The Curie Co team is replacing banned chemicals in consumer products with safe and sustainable ingredients.

With Curie Co, the entrepreneur designs alternatives to compounds like parabens that have fallen out of favor with retailers. Erika Milczek founded Curie Co in 2017. The firm engineers biodegradable enzymes to replace some of the more controversial types of chemicals, such as preservatives — like parabens — that Amazon, Target, Walmart, and other large retailers are barring from certain consumer products. …

In the season 3 finale of Disrupt the Continuum, host Clark Buckner and Launch Tennessee interim CEO Van Tucker provide an overview of the extensive resources available to entrepreneurs all across the state.

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Van Tucker believes Tennessee is an ideal place to start and grow a business, and it all comes back to community, connection and culture.

“It’s what differentiates us as an ecosystem and as a state. LaunchTN empowers Tennessee’s ecosystem through 12 network partners,” she explained. …

Get to know the entrepreneurial researchers leading the charge in Tennessee’s science- and tech-based innovation. This week, meet Branch Technology.

“Branch is bringing the vision of 3D printed buildings to life” — Architect Magazine February 2019

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This facade is currently in production for the flagship branch of Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union (TVFCU) in Chattanooga, TN. This will be the world’s first Freeform 3D-printed building enclosure and leverages the client’s brand into the architecture of the building itself with an undulating wave that traverses the entire perimeter of the bank.

Branch Technology is an architectural fabricator specializing in construction-scale 3D printing that brings unprecedented design freedom and resource stewardship to the construction industry with a new technology called Cellular Fabrication, or C-Fab®.

C-Fab® combines industrial robotics, proprietary computational-geometry algorithms, and a novel “Freeform” extrusion capability that enables printed material to solidify in free space without support. …

Sumeet Chahal, Regional Executive Director for the Central Region at Bunker Labs, shares the exciting work his team is doing to help veterans create and scale their businesses.

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Sumeet Chahal wanted to start a business after serving in the Marines, but he struggled to find the network to make it happen. And Sumeet is not alone in this. After World War II, 45 percent of veterans came home and started their own businesses, but today, that number has fallen to only 4.5 percent.

“Those of us that served in the military walked away from the largest network we’ve ever known…

Abby Trotter and Ted Townsend, executive director and chairman of the board of Life Science Tennessee, respectively, explain how Tennessee’s life science sector is aiding in economic development.

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Abby Trotter and Ted Townsend believe life science is one of the most important industries for improving people’s lives, and that work is more critical than ever in the midst of COVID-19.

“There’s really only one industry that can meet this challenge, to combat and eradicate the threat of this virus and unlock the arrested economy, and that’s the life sciences,” Townsend explained. …

Jim Biggs and Brandon Bruce, executive director and board chair of the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, respectively, share some insight into the factors that set Knoxville apart as a hub of entrepreneurship.

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For Jim Biggs, one of the best parts of working with Knoxville’s entrepreneurs is getting to see companies succeed across an incredibly diverse range of industries.

“One of the strengths of our community is that we’re able to accommodate just about any kind of business growing and succeeding here,” he shared. …

Get to know the entrepreneurial researchers leading the charge in Tennessee’s science- and tech-based innovation. This week, meet Purist.

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Leila Safavi, Cofounder and CEO, Purist

Purist is developing a technology to enable a distributed network of small-scale and underutilized nuclear reactors to produce high-purity radioactive ingredients for nuclear medicine applications. What differentiates Purist is the capability to concentrate the radioisotope product, during the production process itself, to produce a high purity radioactive ingredient that can be used in medical applications.

Ben Ferguson and Lisa Garner, cofounder and executive director of theCO, share some exciting updates on the work they’re doing to foster entrepreneurship and economic development in West Tennessee.

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With theCO, what started as a Taco Thursday gathering for Ben Ferguson and his friends turned into a crucial resource for entrepreneurs and business owners in Jackson and the surrounding communities.

“At theCO, a lot of what we’re doing is asking, ‘What do you need and how can we help?’” Ferguson explained. “It all started over tacos on Thursdays.”

In this episode of Disrupt the Continuum, Ferguson, along with Garner, explain…

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