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Galois Spins Out Systems Re-engineering Company Tangram Flex


Startup to revolutionize how large and complex embedded systems are
created and modernized

today announced it is spinning out Tangram
, a software re-engineering company that provides smart tooling
to quickly reconfigure large and complex embedded systems (planes,
ships, automobiles, trains, drones, satellites, etc.). This enables the
reuse of existing components alongside new capabilities, while assuring
the system's safety and security.

Today, replacing just one component in complex embedded systems is a
painstaking manual process of integration and testing. Tangram Flex
technology allows engineers to quickly reconfigure existing systems and
to re-use components across different systems. As the smart tooling
grows in knowledge, it becomes able to automatically integrate
components into larger systems with limited human guidance. The
technology provides strong guarantees of system safety and correctness,
turning previously monolithic, outdated systems into flexible, modular,
and secure modern platforms.

The initial focus of Tangram Flex is to meet the urgent needs of the
Department of Defense in two main areas:

  • Cyber retrofit: Many mission-critical cyber-physical systems
    are potentially vulnerable to cyber attackers. Cyber retrofit is the
    process by which an architecture is restructured to transform its
    cyber security posture. After a cyber retrofit, individual component
    vulnerabilities can no longer be leveraged as entry points into entire
    DoD systems.
  • Mission flexibility: Adapting large DoD embedded systems to
    respond to changing mission needs is costly and can take years. The
    Tangram Flex smart tooling enables the systems' prime contractors to
    shape new capabilities with confidence in the behavior of the new
    system, while drastically reducing the time and cost.

The technology is based on decades of research and innovation supported
by organizations like DARPA
and AFRL
in creating provably safe embedded systems and "systems of systems"
architectures. The Tangram Flex smart tooling is able to automatically
generate correct, cyber secure translations between components that were
not originally created to work together, avoiding flaws and
vulnerabilities that often exist in system "edges" where information is
sent and received. This provides a framework for whole system modeling
and testing.

"Despite all the advancements in technology to date, it often takes
years and millions of dollars to change one small component in a system,
whether it is on an manufacturing industrial system or on a fighter
jet," said Tangram Flex CTO John Launchbury, who served as Director of
the Information Innovation Office (I2O) at DARPA, focused on
cybersecurity and AI. "Our technology enables organizations to be more
flexible and responsive, quickly adapting their systems when change is

Tangram Flex is headquartered in Dayton, Ohio and is quickly expanding.
For more information, visit
or email the team:

About Tangram Flex

Tangram Flex modernizes systems engineering with incredibly flexible and
precise integration of re-configurable components for re-use across
systems. The platform and advanced modules are the result of decades of
investment into advancing the safety and security of cyber physical
systems. Tangram's expertise is rooted in 19 years of Galois computer
science R&D work focussed on creating provably secure and safe systems
for DARPA, the I.C., Navy, Air Force, and NASA. To learn more about
Tangram Flex, visit

About Galois

Founded in 1999, Galois is a research and development lab that
collaborates with commercial, defense, and intelligence organizations to
tackle some of the world's most difficult challenges in computer
science. Galois obsesses over the reliability, safety and security of
critical systems, and transitions cutting-edge, government-funded
research into applied solutions that serve defense and commercial
organizations. Other Galois spin-offs include Tozny (,
Formaltech (, and Free & Fair (
For additional information on Galois, visit

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