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Venture Dallas 2022 Highlights the Entrepreneurial Successes of North Texas

November 8, 2022 – Venture Dallas hosted its 2022 conference last week, bringing together startup companies, entrepreneurs, investors, and community leaders. The event featured more than two dozen speakers who highlighted the creative culture supported in North Texas, including Ross Perot, Jr., Steve Winn, Troy Aikman, and Mark Cuban among many others.

The University of Texas at Dallas, the event's Presenting Sponsor, showcased Qualia Oto as one of its startup successes.  

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Best Startup Texas recognizes Qualia Oto as a Top Dallas Biotechnology Company

September 23, 2022 – In a recent market review, Best Startup Texas placed Qualia Oto in its top grouping of innovative biotechnology companies in the state:

"At Best Startup Texas we track over 100,000 Texan startups and over 500,000 people who hold key positions in these companies. We use this directory of startups to highlight top employees, founders and organisations we think deserve more appreciation than they are currently getting. We’ve ranked the top 57 Biotechnology companies in Dallas, Texas. The companies, startups and institutions listed in this article are all exceptional companies, well worth a follow."

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Like Playing the Piano without Boxing Gloves: Advantages of Self-Coiling Cochlear Implants

August 25, 2022 – UT Southwestern featured Qualia Oto co-founder and CMO Dr. Kenneth Lee in its most recent MedBlog where Dr. Lee explains the significant advantages of self-coiling cochlear implants. The post, including two quick videos, highlights the great advancements and opportunities of this new technology.


"Placing electrodes on the outer wall is similar to trying to play the piano while wearing boxing gloves and striking multiple keys with each hand," noted Dr. Lee of the current market options. Self-coiling cochlear implants are different. "By placing the electrodes on the inner wall, it’s more precise, and you're able to hit each key with a single finger with the gloves removed."

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July 21, 2022 – North Texas publication Dallas Innovates

featured Qualia Oto's success story on its website and via its email update earlier today. CFO Benedict Voit spoke with the publication, sharing his insights on the growth and future of the company upon the completion of the capital raise earlier this summer.  

Dallas Innovates prides itself on being "the online source for what’s new, next, and reimagined in North Texas" by sharing "the stories of our creativity, commerce, and collaboration." 

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Successful Series Seed A Preferred Capital Round Raises $1.64mm

June 1, 2022 – Qualia Oto closed its first capital round on Wednesday, beating expectations and raising over $1.64mm. Thirty-five investors from seven different states bought in to the company. Qualia Oto built upon its initial closing, bringing on board additional investors and another $220k.


“This is another great milestone for the company,” remarked CFO Benedict Voit. “With this secure financial foundation, we have launched our next stage of exciting growth.” 

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Qualia Oto Represents UT Dallas Successes at Health Supernova Event

May 10, 2022 – CFO Benedict Voit joined the UT Dallas table last night at the Health Supernova's Startup Crawl. UT Dallas invited Qualia Oto to represent the successes of its Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship as well as its Venture Development Center.


The event, hosted by Capital Factory, connected professionals and entrepreneurs from across the state to share innovations that are advancing the medical space.

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April 18, 2022 – Qualia Oto achieved another milestone by securing its first federal grant. The National Science Foundation awarded Qualia Oto $233,928 to support research and design of its unique matrix-addressed thin-film cochlear implant electrode arrays.

The company’s utilization of thin-film transistors is the first of its kind in any neural stimulation device. It enables high-channel-count cochlear arrays with potentially hundreds of stimulating electrodes that can be individually selected and operated within the intracochlear space. Combined with potential process automation, these higher quality implants at a lower cost are a win-win. 

Read more about the company's award.

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March 1, 2022 – It is with great pleasure that Qualia Oto welcomes Dr. Stuart Cogan as CTO. Building upon the successful Round 1 capital raise, Qualia Oto expanded its leadership team, adding Cogan's dozens of years of combined commercial and academic experience.

“Dr. Cogan’s background makes him the perfect fit as our CTO,” said CEO Connie Manz. “His career of business and academic successes is exactly what we need during this exciting stage of company growth.”

Read more about Dr. Cogan joining the company.

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January 1, 2022 – Qualia Oto pushed through the first round of its Series Seed A Preferred capital raise, bringing in over $1.42mm from over two dozen investors. "This is a stimulating stage for our company," CFO Benedict Voit said. "We have the monetary, intellectual, and technical foundations for significant growth in the coming years."


The company is planning to close the full round in the coming five months. Interested, accredited investors should send Qualia Oto an email for more information:

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November 10, 2021 – Qualia Oto took home $100,000 as the winner of this year's Big Idea Competition - Research Commercialization track. President Walter Voit and CFO Benedict Voit accepted the award last night at the ceremony hosted by UT Dallas.


The company submitted its proposal in September and, after successive rounds of questions, was selected as a top three contender in October. Benedict Voit presented live to a judges' panel last week at Pegasus Park in the Competition's finals.

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Dr. Kenneth Lee on Maximizing Vaccination Compliance for Children Undergoing CIs

July 30, 2021 – Qualia Oto CMO Kenneth Lee (MD-PhD) co-authored a paper for the July edition of ScienceDirect: "Achieving optimal vaccine administration in a pediatric cochlear implant program after implementation of a Quality Improvement Project".

Since the completion of their QI project over a year ago, the success rate is 100%, with no missed vaccinations for children with cochlear implants. Dr. Lee believes this QI approach can be greatly expanded to other medical and surgical fields.

Qualia Oto Leadership Adds Brainpower to Richardson IQ


April 21, 2021 – Qualia Oto President Walter Voit proved he can have his CAIQUE and eat it, too. Voit now serves as the Principal Investigator for the Center for Applied AI at the Richardson Innovation Quarter with UT Dallas Expertise (CAIQUE). This multi-disciplinary center will showcase emergent applied AI research from the University of Texas at Dallas (with which Qualia Oto is associated) to engage companies, win extramural grants, strengthen international partnerships and provide a global network for affiliated students to excel as UT Dallas alumni.

CEO Connie Manz will serve on the Center's Advisory Board.

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Advisor Dr. Burak Ozdoganlar Pursuing New COVID Vaccine Delivery Options

February 17, 2021 – Qualia Oto advisor Dr. Burak Ozdoganlar, professor of mechanical engineering and associate director of the Engineering Research Accelerator at Carnegie Mellon, is co-leading a project utilizing his novel work in microneedle arrays to configure a new method of vaccine delivery directly into the skin. (Read more of this exciting work here.)

Qualia Oto plans to utilize these dissolvable, hybrid microneedles as a new method of treating disorders such as tinnitus and Ménière's disease by delivering drugs into the inner-ear.

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Michael Seeligson Joins the Qualia Oto Board of Directors

January 22, 2021 – Qualia Oto is pleased to welcome Michael Seeligson, an Assistant Professor at SMU, to its Board of Directors. Before joining SMU, Mr. Seeligson served as an Assistant Provost at UT Dallas, having graduated from UTD in 2006 as part of the McDermott Scholars Program. He went on to the University of Virginia where he earned his JD in 2009. Following law school, Mr. Seeligson worked as an attorney in the corporate law section with Haynes and Boone before entering the academic space.


In addition to his role at SMU, he currently serves on other Boards of Directors as well, bringing to the Company his valuable legal, corporate, and academic experience. 

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Advisor Dr. Walter Kutz discusses Chronic Eustachian Tube Disorders on BackTable ENT Podcast

December 29, 2020 – Qualia Oto advisor Dr. J. Walter Kutz (UT Southwestern) talks shop with Dr. Gopi Shah and Dr. Ashley Agan on this podcast from BackTable ENT. These otolaryngologists discuss the challenges associated with diagnosing chronic eustachian tube disorders and the different treatment options currently available.

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Qualia Oto President Walter Voit Recognized in D CEO's Top 500 Most Influential Leaders

December 1, 2020 – D CEO released its annual listing of North Texas' most influential business leaders, and Qualia Oto President Walter Voit earned recognition. Dr. Voit's impact on North Texas extends beyond Qualia Oto, as he is also founder and President of Adaptive3D Technologies, as well as an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and of Mechanical Engineering at UT Dallas.

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