Active Start-ups Licensing U of I Intellectual Property

(As of December 2012)

ANDalyze

(Life Science)

 

ANDalyze offers products for testing water contamination using catalytic DNA technologies. The company has developed a methodology for detecting and quantifying chemical levels based on the recent discovery of the catalytic properties of DNA. This technology and product is a universal platform that offers simple, fast, inexpensive and reliable detection of trace metals and other target chemicals.

aPriori

(Information Technologies)

aPriori is a software company hat develops and markets product cost management software.  Using aPriori’s real-time product cost assessments, employees in sourcing, manufacturing and design engineering make more-informed decisions that drive costs out of products pre- and post-production. With aPriori, manufacturers launch products at cost targets, maximize savings in re-work projects and don't overpay for sourced parts.

 

Aqueous Solutions

(Information Technologies)

The Geochemists Workbench is a set of software tools for solving water quality problems, including those encountered in environmental protection and remediation, the petroleum industry, and mine wastewater planning. The software is in use in more than 1,000 companies, universities and research institutions and is essential for water engineers, aqueous chemists, geochemists and anyone else working with water quality data.  Aqueous Solutions will continue the distribution of the Geochemists Workbench; founded by Dr. Craig Bethke of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the company is located in the University of Illinois Research Park.

Armored Computing

(Information Technologies)

Provides low-cost, scalable software solutions to build
and evaluate high-availability applications and systems.

Autonomic Materials

 

(Physical Science)

Autonomic Materials, founded by Scott White, Professor of
Aerospace Engineering and leader of the Autonomous Materials
Systems group at the Beckman Institute, is developing selfhealing technologies that extend the lifetime of coatings. The technologies can be used in elastomer coatings, thermosetting coatings, and powder coatings, making them useful across a wide range of markets, from marine to aerospace.

Catylix, Inc.

(Life Science)

Catylix, Inc. specializes in the development of novel catalysts and reagents for chemical synthesis. One of the most efficient ways to improve the pharmacokinetic properties of a bio-active compound is the introduction of fluorine or a fluorine-containing functional group. Incorporating just a single fluorine atom or fluorine-containing functionality can dramatically improve the pharmacokinetic properties of a potential drug. Catylix is focused initially on developing a new method for the incorporation of trifluoromethyl groups into compounds. The first products will include a proprietary reagent for effecting trifluoromethylation and specialized CF3-containing building blocks. Services for the preparation of trifluoromethyl-substituted aryl and heterocyclic compounds on a custom basis will also be available. Based on the research of Dr. John Hartwif of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the company is currently determining where they will locate. 

Cazoodle

(Information Technologies)

Cazoodle Inc. provides software and internet services for Web search, integration, and mining, with a central objective to "deepen" search on the Web to access the vast amount of data beyond the reach of current
search engines.

Cbana Laboratories

(Physical Science)

Cbana Laboratories is commercializing adsorbents and microfluidic
and microanalytical devices originally developed by Professors
Richard Masel of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and
Mark Shannon in Mechanical Science Engineering for the capture
and analysis of pollutants, drugs and other dangerous materials.

Chromatin Chromatin is unlocking the potential of plants to produce greater value and high-value crop products in multiple sectors.  Their "mini-chromosome" technology makes it possible to efficiently introduce large numbers of genes into any plant cell.  With multi-million dollar agreements with Monsanto and Syngenta in the agricultural space, Chromatin is now expanding its biotechnology to biofuels applications.

CU Aerospace

(Physical Science Greentech)

CU Aerospace is engaged in identifying and developing promising new aerospace technologies with the ultimate goal being commercialization and distribution of those technologies.

Dioxide Materials, Inc.

(Greentech)

Dioxide Materials develops and licenses new technology for CO2 remediation. This includes technology to reduce the amount of CO2 that is produced, and technology to create uses for any CO2 that is formed. The company is focused on devices that reduce the carbon footprint of homes and businesses and processes that convert waste CO2 into useful fuels and chemicals. The company aims to make homes and businesses safer and more energy efficient and to reduce the carbon footprint of US industry. Founded by Dr. Rich Masel, Dioxide Materials is located in the University of Illinois Research Park.  

Dioxide Materials, Inc.

(Greentech)

Dioxide Materials develops and licenses new technology for CO2 remediation. This includes technology to reduce the amount of CO2 that is produced, and technology to create uses for any CO2 that is formed. The company is focused on devices that reduce the carbon footprint of homes and businesses and processes that convert waste CO2 into useful fuels and chemicals. The company aims to make homes and businesses safer and more energy efficient and to reduce the carbon footprint of US industry. Founded by Dr. Rich Masel, Dioxide Materials is located in the University of Illinois Research Park.  

 

Eden Park Illumination

(Physical Science)

Eden Park Illumination is commercializing Microcavity Plasma “microplasma” lighting technology. This platform technology is a new light source innovation, and offers unique advantages over both traditional light sources, such as incandescent and fluorescent, and the newer lighting technologies light emitting diodes “LED” and organic light emitting diodes “OLED”.

EpiWorks

(Physical Science)

EpiWorks is a next-generation epitaxial design and manufacturing company that brings expertise with epitaxy, device design, and manufacturing under one roof. EpiWorks is the exclusive producer of several advanced layers and processes that are tailored for optimal performance in particular applications. EpiWorks products are geared toward enabling higher performance integrated circuits (ICs) for the communications industry, leading to cell phones with longer battery life and high-speed Internet access for the home and office.

Farmgateblog.com

(Informational Technologies)

Farmgateblog.com is a blog for Cornbelt farmers and agribusinesses. The Farmgateblog is the place to go to find integrated information across a variety of disciplines, including crop and animal sciences, ag economics, ag engineering and agricultural policy, addressing these disciplines as they meet, intersect and often intertwine to shape the environment in which the ag community lives and works. Stu Ellis, formerly with the University of Illinois Extension, serves as the blogger and editor.  

Fluensee

Fluensee develops RFID-enabled asset tracking and supply chain management solutions to improve the visibility, accuracy, security and utilization of a company's mobile and fixed assets. Its end-to-end solutions combine highly configurable and patented software and implementation services with hardware from leading RFID, barcode, GPS and sensor technology providers. Real-time asset location, condition and alerts result in a more efficient use of inventory, improved utilization and reduced operating costs.

HDF Group

(Information Technologies)

The purpose of the The HDF Group is to ensure the sustainable development of HDF technologies and the ongoing accessibility of HDF-stored data. This is important because of the government and public organizations that have mission-critical systems relying on HDF technologies. As illustrated in the following narrative, academe and a variety of other industry sectors also depend heavily on HDF technologies; however, the vast majority of HDF's core users and financial support come from the government sector.

Hoowaki

(Physical Science)

Hoowaki develops microtechnology for improved, functional surfaces on extruded products and processes. We reduce sliding friction, lower drag along the surface, and control surface tension, among other phenomenal capabilities. Using our proprietary technology, Hoowaki creates microstructured surfaces on industrial tooling to create micron-sized features on your polymer and metal surfaces. We serve customers in the medical, wire & cable, and materials industries.

Illumia

(Informational Technologies)

Illumia provides knowledge, analysis, measurement, and consulting services for safety and risk management, decision making, fatigue risk management, and performance understanding in high reliability organizations. Building on more than ten years of development and validation, our detailed, precise methods assess the impact of culture – including interactions among diverse working groups – on safety-related attitudes and organizational behavior.

ImmuVen, Inc.

(Life Science)

ImmuVen develops novel drugs that can be used to treat infectious diseases and cancer. The company harnesses a powerful, emerging life science technology, T cell receptors, which are a unique class of immune-targeting therapeutic and diagnostic agents.  These agents have significant advantages over antibodies, which are already a $20 billion/year market against cancer, autoimmune, and infectious diseases. Founded by Dr. David Kranz of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Dr. Patrick Schlievert of the University of Minnesota, the company is located in the University of Illinois Research Park. http://immuven.net/

INI Power Systems

(Greentech)

INI Power Systems is focused on commercializing direct methanol Laminar Flow Fuel Cells that combine methanol -- a high energy density and logistically friendly liquid fuel -- with a revolutionary fuel cell concept.  Designed to replace or augment batteries to supply longer-lasting power for portable devices, the diverse applications include soldier portable power, remote sensing and surveillance, mobile communications and numerous consumer electronic devices such as laptop computers, PDAs, and cell phones.

Innovosoy, Inc.

(Information Technologies)

InnovoSoy, Inc. is an Illinois corporation established in 2009 dedicated to developing powerful and easy-to-use data visualization applications. Innovosoy provides users with practical and cost-effective solutions to understand complex and dynamic datasets such as population and income growth, and the production, consumption, and income elasticities of key commodities.  Dr. Peter Goldsmith of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is the founder of Innovosoy; the company is located in the University of Illinois Research Park. 

InstaRecon

(Physical Science)

InstaRecon, Inc., is a supplier of technology and services
to imaging scanner equipment makers and supply chain
partners, increasing the computational efficiency of image
reconstruction in CT, PET, SPECT and MRI.



LK4

(Information Technologies)

LK4 Technology Corporation licensed the University’s web
accessibility wizard, a technology that provides a simple way
to create web versions of Office documents that are more
accessible and usable by everyone, including people with
disabilities.

Maize Processing Innovators (MPI)

(Greentech)

MPI is the exclusive marketer of the patented wet fractionation process known as Quick Germ / Quick Fiber (QQ), that can be added to any dry grind ethanol plant to enhance coproduct value and improve overall fermentation and energy efficiency. The QQ process is the most economical and efficient prefractionation process available.  Please read more about the process and/or contact MPI for more information and see how the Quick Germ and Quick Fiber process can help your dry grind ethanol plant, either new builds or as an existing plant add-on.

MC10

(Physical Science)

MC10 Inc. is developing processes and applications that enable high
performance electronics to be placed in novel environments and
form factors. MC10’s approach transforms traditionally rigid,
brittle semiconductors into flexible, stretchable electronics while
retaining excellent electrical performance. Stretchable silicon
allows for a degree of design freedom capable of expanding
the functionality of existing products while providing a platform
on which new microelectronic-enabled applications can be
developed.

MicroLution

(Physical Science)

Microlution Inc. is a Chicago based machine tool manufacturer specializing in building high performance CNC machine tools that have been optimized to fabricate small high precision parts.

Microlution's "micro" machine tools are based on the concept that small high precision parts should be machined on small high performance machine tools.

Multicoreware, Inc.

(Information Technologies)

MulticoreWare Inc is a Software and Systems Integration solutions company providing heterogeneous multicore solutions for high performance computing applications.  The company is currently working on applications in the defense and aerospace, bio-informatics, life sciences, imaging, scientific computing and financial services industries.  MulticoreWare embraces heterogeneous computing and its solutions benefit customers who require a higher order of magnitude performance with power and space constraints.  Based on the research of Dr. Wen-mei Hwu of the College of Engineering, MulticoreWare has offices in Urbana, Illinois; St. Louis Missouri; and Saratoga, California.    

Newell Instruments

(Physical Science)

Newell Instruments expertise spans energy conversion, air conditioning, refrigeration, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, controls and instrumentation, solar energy, and building technology that has resulted in a broad range of project activities and clients.

Nutritional Data Services

(Informational Technologies)

NAT is provided as a public service provided by the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Illinois. The tool is intended to empower individuals to select a nutrient dense diet.  Developed by Jim Painter and Chris Hewes, formerly of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.   

Nuvixa, Inc.

(Information Technologies)

Nuvixa makes video more useful in on-line communications.   The company’s audio-visual conference technology provides customers with presence through a virtual green-screen, where they can chat with friends in a virtual space complete with interesting backgrounds. The virtual space can be utilized as a presentation tool, by letting presenters be in the same space as their PowerPoint or video presentation, which allows for a more realistic, face-to-face experience.    Co-founded by Drs. Sanjay Patel  and Minh Do of the College of Engineering, Nuvixa is located in the University of Illinois Research Park. 

Orbis Biosciences

(Life Science)

We are changing the ways to think about controlling particles -- size, morphology, and porosity. Simply put, we offer a new level of control. We develop novel controlled-release delivery systems for the pharmaceutical, chemical, food and beverage, and consumer product industries. Our Precision Particle Fabrication technology enables companies to create new product lines and reinvent their current portfolios by enabling unprecedented control of critical particle parameters. 

Pattern Insight

(Information Technologies)

Pattern Insight provides information technology professionals
with scalable solutions to intelligently analyze, search and
mine valuable information contained in technical data.
Their solutions help to reduce the cost of operations and
technology development and mitigate risk.

Prairie Gold

(Greentech)

Prairie Gold, Inc. is a technology and development company with a portfolio of patented technologies related to production of high-value products from corn. The company’s mission is to provide ethanol producers with a diversified mix of products in order to withstand the fluctuations in ethanol and corn prices by developing new technologies and high-value coproducts from what is normally the low-value feed portion of the corn.

Protasis

(Life Science)

Protasis designs target molecule purification and analysis instruments for the structural biology and proteomics markets.

Proteinaceous

(Life Science, Information Technologies)

Proteinaceous is a startup company created by Dr. Neil L. Kelleher, a former faculty member at the University of Illinois. The company consists of the technical development team for the ProSight PC Software which is exclusively licensed and sold through Thermo Electron Corporation. ProSight PC is a protein identification software system which allows identification and characterization of intact proteins and their post-translational modifications (PTMs) using the method of top-down sequencing. ProSight PC was developed at the University of Illinois’ School of Chemical Sciences under the direction of Dr. Neil L. Kelleher.

QuickSilver Scientific

(Greentech)

Quicksilver Scientific is an analytical laboratory that specializes in mercury speciation analysis. The company is founded on technology that is completely scaleable and automated. This means Quicksilver’s methods can easily handle various sample quantities. This also means that the Quicksilver method requires less labor, which in turn lowers the cost of analysis.

Runtime Verification, Inc.

(Information Technologies)

Runtime Verification is a computing system analysis and execution approach based on extracting information from a running system and using it to detect and possibly react to observed behaviors satisfying or violating certain properties. Some very particular properties, such as datarace and deadlock freedom, are typically desired to be satisfied by all systems and may be best implemented algorithmically. Other properties can be more conveniently captured as formal specifications. Runtime verification specifications are typically expressed in trace predicate formalisms, such as finite state machines, regular expressions, context-free patterns, linear temporal logics, etc., or extensions of these. This allows for a less adhoc approach than normal testing.

Semprius

(Physical Science)

Semprius is developing low cost, high performance concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) modules to make solar power generation economically viable in sunny, dry climates. The company's unique micro-transfer printing technology enables CPV modules with high performance, high reliability and low cost with scalability to high-volume production.

SFM

(Information Technologies)

SFM Technology, Inc. is a software development and engineering services company providing products and services to enable scalable flexible manufacturing. In addition to the ongoing development and support of products, SFM and its principals are engaged with a variety of clients to provide engineering consulting services in the domains of product data modeling, manufacturing information systems, geometric modeling and computation, optimization, process planning and scheduling, and simulation, as well as to develop and support custom manufacturing applications.

ShareThis

(Information Technologies)

ShareThis makes it easy to share ideas and get to the good stuff online. Reaching over 400 million users across 130,000 sites across the web, ShareThis is changing the economics of online publishing by creating a market of influence across the Web. ShareThis allows users to share content from anywhere to anyone while simultaneously enabling publishers and advertisers to tap the value of sharing.

SolarBridge Technologies

(Greentech)

SolarBridge Technologies is a leading developer of solutions that reduce the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) in solar installations.  We accomplish this through an innovative microinverter and monitoring system that dramatically improves reliability, increases energy production, and dramatically simplifies installation.

Surf Canyon

(Information Technologies)

Surf Canyon, a start-up located in Oakland, California, has
licensed internet search technology co-developed by Computer
Science Professor Cheng-Xiang Zhai’s and Surf Canyon’s CEO.

 
Text-IE Inc.

(Information Technologies)

Text IE is currently working on products and solutions leveraging the founders’ expertise in the areas of machine learning; natural language processing; information extraction and text mining. Founded by Dr. Dan Roth of the College of Engineering, the company is located in the University of Illinois Research Park.

Xerion Battery Corp.

(Physical Science)

Xerion Advanced Battery Corp.  is exploring a novel method of using nanotechnology to increase ion transport and energy extraction to produce a new electrode architecture called StructurePore. The StructurePore technology has the potential to charge electric car batteries in minutes and cell phone batteries in seconds.  The company is exploring military, industrial, and consumer applications.  Based on the research of Dr. Paul Braun of the College of Engineering, Xerion Advanced Battery Corp is located in Westminster, Colorado. 



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