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Office for Technology Commercialization homeOTC

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University Startups

This list provides information on University startups formed since the Venture Center was created in 2006.

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Company Description Industry License Executed (yyyy-mm-dd)

BRTI Life Sciences

Develops and commercializes platform technologies that greatly enhance current cell and molecular biology research. Biology 2016-06-01

Good Libations

Food additive that addresses problems with harsh taste for various consumable liquids. Initial focus on dark alcohols. Food
Agriculture
2016-05-01

Digital Design Studios

Orthotic targeted at people who suffer from bunions, aiding in comfort and facilitating an active lifestyle. Medical Device 2016-04-01

Advanced Road Patch

Application of magnetite (taconite) for use in material for road repair. Engineering
Physical Science
2016-03-01

Antibiotic Alternatives

Novel antimicrobial agents that thwart infection by augmenting the production of naturally occurring antimicrobial proteins in mucosal epithelial cells. Biology
Pharmacy
2016-03-01

Bolder Flight Systems

Software and hardware for a variety of drone navigation products and systems. Engineering
Physical Science
2016-03-01

Discovery Genomics

Therapeutic gene(s) using Sleeping Beauty (SB) technology for patients that lack a functioning copy of the gene. Biology
Pharmacy
2016-03-01

B-MoGen Biotechnologies

Tools and proprietary methods that enable the discovery of novel treatments by creating engineered cells for research and therapeutic applications. Biology
Pharmacy
2016-02-01

Valerian Materials

Monomer and polymer components for high performance, bio-degradable plastics from renewable, green feedstocks. Energy
Environment
2016-02-01

ProValens

Shared database of resources for caregivers to share with patients that provides relevant information curated by the caregiver. Software
IT
2016-01-01

EmboMedics Gel Therapies

Natural resorbable gel product that is used to deliver therapeutic drugs into the body for various treatments, including pain. Medical Device 2015-12-01

Photonic Pharma

Compound screening for potential drug development that enables visualization of cell activity for various targets of small molecule compounds. Biology
Pharmacy
2015-12-01

Innotronics

Engineered sensing solutions for non-contacting position measurement Engineering
Physical Science
2015-10-01

ThermChem

Energy efficient method for reducing wastewater sludge from municipal and agricultural sewage wastes and recovering lipids, phosphorus and nitrogen. Biology
Pharmacy
2015-10-01

Blue Therapeutics

Novel small molecule with greater painkilling potency than morphine and no abuse potential. Biology
Pharmacy
2015-08-01

Tmunity Therapeutics

Next generation immunotherapies from novel T Cell Receptor engineered T cells, regulatory T cells and universal engineered T cell platforms for cancer, infectious diseases and autoimmune diseases therapeutics. Biology
Pharmacy
2015-08-01

UpTern

B2B aerial inspections and data analytics of large infrastructure (pipelines, transmission lines, rivers, roads, and railways). Software
IT
2015-08-01

Flora Therapeutics

Targeting GI and metabolic diseases using bacteria as therapeutics. Biology
Pharmacy
2015-06-25

Andamio Games

Interactive game-like approach to teaching neuroscience and mental health concepts. Software
IT
2015-06-16

Andarta Medical

Non-invasive lung pacing device that reduces the time a patient uses a ventilator and saves significant costs. Medical Device 2015-04-29

Target Genomics

Resource database, decision support system and services for healthcare providers and patients on use of genomics. Software
IT
2015-04-06

FastBridge Learning

Automated K-12 assessment tools for student screening, progress monitoring and program evaluation. Software
IT
2015-03-20

Vidku

Delivers Flipgrid, a platform allowing individuals to engage in rich, video-based dialogues with others organized around topics and questions. Software
IT
2015-02-20

Carp Solutions

Field sampling with analytics to develop sustainable management strategies for invasive fish such as carp. Food
Agriculture
2015-02-03

Tychon Biosciences

Platform therapeutic focused on cancer treatment using chemical synthesis, custom nanomaterials and complex protein structures. Biology
Pharmacy
2015-02-10

Adama Materials

Improved properties of resin and fiber composites, such as epoxy/carbon fiber and polyester/fiberglass, at very low cost. Engineering
Physical Science
2015-01-05

ApoGen BioTech

New class of therapeutics focused on APOBECs, targeting drivers of cancer genomic mutation. Biology
Pharmacy
2014-10-14

Early Movement Monitoring Assessment

Individual Growth Development Indicators (IGDIs) for infants monitoring early movement. Software
IT
2014-09-06

Bioactive Regenerative Therapeutics

Biomimetic 3D cell culture matrix designed to support and enhance cell culture assays. Biology
Pharmacy
2014-08-21

Reflection Sciences

Method to test a child's ability to concentrate on a task. Software
IT
2014-08-15

STA

Satellite image analysis algorithm to detect changes in resources (forest, crops, water, urbanization). Software
IT
2014-08-01

Blossom Medical

Neonatal medical device that cradles and supports infants during early stage of life. Medical Device 2014-07-09

Niron Magnetics

New material and process to fabricate permanent magnets, eliminating the need for rare earth elements. Engineering
Physical Science
2014-06-25

MinnScan

Advanced imaging system for using MRI in dental applications. Medical Device 2014-05-17

Bennett Autogas Systems

Fuel tank that is lower cost and has reduced maintenance for liquid petroleum fueled vehicles. Engineering
Physical Science
2014-06-14

MesoFlow

Device that reduces cell loss, processing time and labor costs for multiple types of cryopreserved cells (e.g., stem cells and blood cells). Medical Device 2014-05-30

Efficient Windows Collaborative

Website providing unbiased information on the benefits of energy-efficient windows, descriptions of how they work, and recommendations for their selection and use. Software
IT
2014-05-15

ADC BioMed Corporation

Novel diagnostics and therapeutics to prevent and treat cancer, autoimmune diseases and infectious diseases. Biology
Pharmacy
2014-05-08

Treatment Global

Multi-disciplinary telehealth approach that provides chronic disease and health and wellness management without the need for a clinic visit. Software
IT
2014-05-06

Vigilant Diagnostics

Lateral flow assay system (diagnostic) that improves sensitivity of standard lateral flow assays by 10 to 100 times. Medical Device 2014-04-22

Zepto Life Technology

Animal and human diagnostic solution that is accurate and highly sensitive for central lab, clinic and point-of-care applications. Medical Device 2014-03-20

Kuality Herbceutics

Cancer therapy developed from Kava plant compound extracts. Biology
Pharmacy
2014-09-03

Minnepura (3F)

Encapsulation of biomaterial that provides an effective, low cost treatment solution for removal of hydrocarbons and chemicals from water. Energy
Environment
2013-10-31

CVC Heartsavers (Cardiology Prevention, LLC)

Diagnostic that provides earlier intervention and treatment for cardiovascular disease. Software
IT
2013-10-29

InformeDesign

Searchable database that facilitates designers’ use of current, research-based information as a decision-making tool. Software
IT
2013-10-01

NH3 Strategies

Process for producing ammonia fertilizer with water and air that can be implemented close to farmers. Energy
Environment
2013-10-01

Surgical Information Sciences

Brain maps for accurate location and targeting for deep brain stimulation used with patients who have Parkinson’s disease. Software
IT
2013-09-24

CURx Pharmaceuticals

Intravenous and intramuscular injection treatments for seizures in hospitalized epilepsy patients that can replace oral medications. Biology
Pharmacy
2013-08-14

ID Genomics

Rapid assessment of virulent bacteria for potential organ failure in urgent care settings. Biology
Pharmacy
2013-06-21

MEDules (Medjules)

Surgical training platforms that provide quantifiable feedback for medical students and practicing physicians. Software
IT
2013-06-11

ReMinD Technologies

Consumer technologies to help patients and caregivers ensure medication adherence. Medical Device 2013-06-11

Veterinary Diagnostics and Therapeutics

Genetic test that assesses risk for rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament in dogs. Food
Agriculture
2013-05-13

Novamela

Umbrella entity for leading apple companies in Italy that cultivate and sell promising new apple varieties including SweeTango®. Food
Agriculture
2013-04-18

EmboMedics ResSpheres

Natural, resorbable polymer bead used to cut off blood supply to tumor/cancer cells in the body. Medical Device 2013-04-04

Evidentia Health

Evidence-based clinical decision support tools for radiologists at the point of care. Software
IT
2013-04-01

Universal Magnetic Systems

Superior, high moment magnetic nanoparticles for disease detection and diagnostic target separation. Medical Device 2013-03-29

FocusStart

Handheld probe that measures tension in soft tissues, such as tendons and ligaments, during invasive orthopedic surgery.  Medical Device 2013-02-15

Ascenix Biotechnologies

Process to take sugar-based feedstocks and produce synthetic chemicals for multiple uses including production of high value plastics. Energy
Environment
2013-01-31

Andas

Technology that conveniently communicates accurate level of intoxication via breath analysis through smart phones. Medical Device 2012-12-21

The Actives Factory(Betula Extractives)

Natural anti-inflammatory compound for the cosmetics, dietary supplements and pharmaceuticals industries. Food
Agriculture
2012-10-22

GY Biomedical

Non-invasive, cost-effective diagnostic and monitoring test for an inflammatory disease of the esophagus. Biology
Pharmacy
2012-07-16

Omicron Health Systems

Technology that helps clinicians facilitate randomized controlled trials and translates research into clinical practice. Software
IT
2012-06-14

Applied Informatic Solutions

Informatics tools to assist with the identification of high-value biomarkers. Software
IT
2013-06-01

Epitopoietic Research Corporation (ERC)

Vaccine that engages the immune system to treat Gioblastoma brain cancers. Biology
Pharmacy
2012-04-26

CIPAC(Crestovo LLC)

Treatment using live bacterial preparation bringing good bacteria from one person’s gut to another. Biology
Pharmacy
2012-03-26

Early Learning Labs

Assessments and services to help parents and early child-care providers develop “kindergarten-ready” children. Software
IT
2012-03-15

TerraCOH(Heat Mining Company)

Uses sequestered carbon dioxide to extract geothermal energy from the earth that is used to generate electricity. Energy
Environment
2012-03-07

Argilex Technologies

Membrane technology for separation processes such as those in the petroleum refining, chemicals and biofuels industries. Energy
Environment
2012-03-01

Vytacera Pharma

Technology for the prevention and treatment of cyanide poisoning. Biology
Pharmacy
2011-12-28

VitalSims

Enables the observation, analysis, and improvement of physician decision making in a simulated practice setting. Software
IT
2011-12-21

Drive Power

Products that leverage emerging measurement technologies and predictive analytics to enable people to make more informed driving decisions. Software
IT
2011-12-01

SMART Signal Technologies

Hardware and software solutions that can be used to reduce traffic congestion on major signalized arterial highways. Engineering
Physical Science
2011-10-07

Ariel Pharmaceuticals

Treatment that reduces death due to blood loss from trauma. Biology
Pharmacy
2011-10-01

cycleWood Solutions

Low-cost biodegradable and compostable bags. Energy
Environment
2011-09-27

Ninja Metrics

Online social networking and gaming analytics, predicting user behavior. Software
IT
2011-06-01

Aria CV

Medical device to treat pulmonary hypertension. Medical Device 2011-05-18

Minneamrita Therapeutics

Drug for cancerous pancreatic tumors. Biology
Pharmacy
2011-02-02

Upstream Technologies

Sediment control in storm water systems. Engineering
Physical Science
2011-02-01

Cellectis Plant Sciences

Genome editing that can add and modify plant genes to create valuable organisms. Biology
Pharmacy
2011-01-01

International Cardio Corp

Ablating vascular plaque utilizing high intensity focused ultrasound. Medical Device 2010-12-15

United Science

High accuracy measurement for chemical ions that reduces pollution. Engineering
Physical Science
2010-11-09

Kingsbury Animal Health

Improves animal health and food safety by reducing harmful bacteria using Glycerol Monolaurate (GML). Biology
Pharmacy
2010-10-01

Clinical Innovation Labs

Healthcare IT solution for clinical trial recruitment and physician quality reporting. Software
IT
2010-09-01

XO-Thermix Medical

Airway thermoplasty device to improve airway function for patients with severe, persistent asthma. Medical Device 2010-06-25

Renovo Water (NewWater)

New type of drinking water filter. Energy
Environment
2010-06-01

Early Learning Labs (IBU)

Assessments and services to help parents and early child-care providers develop “kindergarten-ready” children.Software
IT
2010-05-10

NeurEndo Pharma

Evaluation and development of compounds for the treatment of obesity and pre-diabetes management. Biology
Pharmacy
2010-03-04

Nouvant (CaSTT)

Web-hosted, subscription-based, search engine optimization tool for intellectual property marketing, licensing and tech transfer. Software
IT
2010-02-25

Miromatrix Medical

Human organs for transplantation, manufactured using decellularization/recellularization technology. Medical Device 2010-02-04

Hennepin Life Sciences

Antimicrobial technology to treat and prevent microbial infections. Biology
Pharmacy
2009-10-20

R8Scan

Cytometry instruments that track and measure individual cells, providing detail into the dynamics of cellular growth. Medical Device 2009-08-01

Celladon

Molecular therapies for cardiovascular diseases. Biology
Pharmacy
2009-05-11

BioCee

Cost-effective and environmentally sound production of clean fuels, chemicals and water treatment by harnessing the full biocatalytic potential of microorganisms. Energy
Environment
2009-05-01

Ascir

Revolutionary solid state semiconductor-based gas detector capable of monitoring the presence of hazardous gases at a safe distance. Engineering
Physical Science
2009-02-01

VitalMedix

Hemorrhagic shock drug that could keep patients temporarily alive even if they have suffered catastrophic blood loss. Biology
Pharmacy
2008-05-01

Rushford Hypersonic (Hypersonix)

Coating technologies which are harder, denser and more fracture resistant than standard carbide coatings, used in the industrial tooling industry. Engineering
Physical Science
2008-03-28

Orasi Medical

Diagnostic tests that detect the unique disruptions in the electrical activity of the brain caused by Alzheimer’s disease to aid a physician in the early diagnosis and initiation of treatment of patients. Medical Device 2007-09-01

Steady State Imaging

Novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology. Medical Device 2006-12-01

Recon Robotics

Devices used by the US military, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to protect their personnel, minimize collateral damage and gain immediate reconnaissance within dangerous and hostile environments. Engineering
Physical Science
2006-11-13

Macular Regeneration

Technologies to help with macular regeneration. Biology
Pharmacy
2006-07-19

Medication Management

Comprehensive, patient-centered medication therapy management services that identify and resolve drug therapy problems. Software
IT
2006-04-19