When FIBA took StemRad as one of its first cohorts in 2016, there was already a sense of excitement around the company. Founder, Oren Milstein, was on the fast track to innovation creating personal protection from radiation possible. Continuing their company’s impressive track record of accolades and accomplishments, StemRad received a $6 million investment from Tampa’s own Jeff Vinik, owner of the Tampa Bay Lightening. Additionally, Jack Ross former Executive Director of FIBA, has become the Vice President of North American Operations. The most recent notable news from StemRad is that the AstroRad suit developed by StemRad will be heading into space in preparation for the Mars mission in 2021. “StemRad’s participation on the NASA EM-1 orbital moon mission is an incredible milestone for both StemRad and for the State of Israel’s contribution to human exploration of deep space. As a company, we are very proud.” said Vice President Jack Ross. The StemRad vests will be fitted on a mannequin during NASA’s unmanned mission scheduled for 2019. Radiation sensors inside the mannequin and on a second one without the vest are supposed to demonstrate the effectiveness of the material in protecting human organs from potential lethal doses of high-energy radiation. FIBA is very excited about StemRad’s latest endeavor and we look forward to more exciting news in the future. To read more about StemRad’s Mars expedition click here.