Local tech startup moves closer to securing NASA backing

Marc Rippen hopes his invention can improve blood glucose monitoring for diabetic people on Earth, but it also could aid astronauts faced with the harshness of outer space. 

The founder and president of Melbourne-based Alertgy was the winner of the Ignite the Night pitch competition on Sept. 10 in Orlando. As the winner, Rippen’s product — a real-time blood glucose monitor — will be among the 25 submitted to NASA’s chief technologists for review. Read more here.