Friends of the Market Newsletter
This month’s newsletter is the inaugural edition after launching the Friends new website. The Board of Directors hopes you find our new site to your liking and will pass it on to others.
All credit for 'wrangling' content out of members, discovering hidden documents, and being the creative interface with Ritama Design goes to Board Member, Jill Ryan, who managed all phases of the website’s design and development.
The Friends 50th Anniversary event schedule continues to grow.
On April 30th, there’s an Invitation-Only breakfast in the Market, which is a small salute and gesture to the germinal breakfast in September 1964, in Lowell's Café, where Victor Steinbrueck and Robert Ashley became co-chairs of the newly formed group that continues to advocate for the Market.
In June, there’s an evening at MOHAI, Thursday, June 19th, 7:00 PM, a free lecture “Market History: 1960's to the Present”. Come hear Kate Krafft and Paul Dunn, Board Members of FoM, and John Turnbull, Asset Manager with the Market PDA.
The Friends Board of Directors meeting is on Monday, May 19, 2014, 4pm, in the Goodwin Library. All members are welcome.
This month's Passages, below, supports the theme of Pike Place Market moving forward with new commerce and a new waterfront connection.
Post Alley Passages
Forward Facing Market
A person could walk through the Pike Place Market today looking at the vendors and high stalls, the farmers and small shops, and think this was the Market of the 1920’s, with the same products and personal “styles of business.”
However, there are two businesses here based on new methods and technologies that do not fit into a historic Roaring Twenties theme. They are Delve, a modernistic food preparation concern, and X2 Biosystems, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) identification and protection company.
This should not be a surprise. Market tenants include a wide variety of businesses: architects, think tanks, books and lamp stores, stores selling cards, posters, stamps & coins, artisan crafts, farm produce, street musicians and magicians, a hotel and a B & B, coffee shops, bars and cafes, offices for an engineering firm and a farm association, four social service agencies, a foundation, and more. So, why not a modernistic food preparation and teaching center and a medical research and technical design firm. Each has received national and local media attention. It is time the Market News introduced them to their neighbors.
Delve, with a 4000 square foot experimental cooking space with large look-in windows at #300 Down/Under is the former home of the Child Care and Preschool. It has an international identity as ChefSteps.com, with massive YouTube exposure. In Delve’s Market kitchen, contemporary recipes are created with precisely measured and weighed locally sourced food, then cooked in, under, or over heat, and sometimes under pressure. The results are picture-perfect for magazine covers.
Delve is led by chefs Chris Young and Grant Crilly, and photographer Ryan Smith. All left Nathan Myhrvold’s Bellevue-based Modernist Cuisine laboratory kitchen in 2012 to set up in the Market and, as Young has said, to pick up “where Modernist Cuisine left off.”
Chefsteps.com, Delve’s online culinary school, with it tagline “Handmade @ Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA” complements the Market, whose business is about 80% food and food-related. Chefsteps aims to take modern cooking to the internet in a “collaborative and engaging way.” It is also free.
A consulting division called Delve Kitchen will allow for personal and direct examination of innovative food products. Young considers forum for world chefs a future possibility, too, in addition to a mobile phone Chefsteps app. www.chefsteps.com
X2 Biosystems, located on the entire second floor above Pear in the Champion Building (entrance from Post Alley), researches, tests, and produces instruments with sensors to immediately detect traumatic brain injury (TBI). It has advanced from the design of helmets for football, hockey, and other contact sports to begin to actually reduce the incidence of TBI and to meet a need that has become a national medical concern.
Christoph Mack, the CEO of X2 Biosystems regards their proprietary technology as a way to “build a definitive database of head impact exposure across a hugely diverse population,” enabling clinical outcomes for the research community to understand the conditions that lead to injury. “Our Impact Monitoring System (IMS)” supports “our real mission: a database of millions of hits”.
In 2007 CMO, Rich Able, saw his middle son lie motionless on a football field after a violent hit. Afterwards, in the hospital, “I started thinking about all the hits to the head that he and his buddies were accumulating by playing ball” That was the motivation to create X2Biosystems, along with Mack, to build a database for the study of ‘sub-concussive’ hits over time which are predictive of later defects of memory and cognitive functions.
Last fall’s PBS Frontline documentary,” League of Denial”, exhaustively examined the NFL’s professed concern and inaction confronting the connection between repeated violent professional football “hits” on retired player’s cognitive functions. Other medical research has investigated sports head trauma, leading to more research, but lacking contemporary data collection methods.
Early helmet-installed sensors recorded only the impact the helmet received. After several iterations X2 Biosystems advanced to proprietary technology to determine the severity of head impacts with the IMS which affixes behind the subject’s ear. It is named the X2 ICE Software and is a novel cloud-based on-field assessment instrument using wireless communication.
X2 ICE provides real-time comparisons with previous baseline data to evaluate if concussion has occurred. This is the first completely integrated cloud-based concussion evaluations software system. It integrates with current NFL protocols and has been adopted by all 32 teams and by a sub-group of research universities in the US.
The University of Washington football team is one of several teams using the X2 ICE patch, the size of a quarter, to collect data on the severity of hits to player’s heads.
Mack and Able feel this technology goes well beyond athletics and can be useful in the military, industry and many other workplaces. Mack told Forbes Magazine last year, ”It’s our belief that only by building a database of head impact exposure, and the subsequent clinical outcomes, diagnoses, therapies, recoveries, and return to play… when we have that full comprehensive picture, that’s when research clinicians will truly understand and begin to solve this concussion problem.”
So, although the Pike Place Market is an historical landmark, it is also ‘”forward facing,” with research, technology, and cooking techniques that may be commonplace in the near future with Delve and X2 Biosystems showing the way. www.x2biosystems.com
Paul Dunn can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org