Archive for September, 2010

NanoH2O (UCLA), Nanosys (Columbia) named in Wall Street Journal’s Technology Innovation Awards (9/27/2010)

September 28, 2010

NanoH2O is a UCLA spinoff that provides reverse osmosis membranes that change the fundamental economics of desalination. Nanosys Inc. is a Columbia-based spinoff that delivers process-ready materials for electronics device manufacturers and lithium ion battery makers.

The Wall Street Journal announced winners in 17 categories of the Innovation Awards. NanoH2O was named the winner in the Environment category. Nanosys was named a runner-up in the Semiconductors category. [read more]


Abbott and Reata Pharmaceuticals (Columbia) Announce Agreement to Develop and Commercialize Bardoxolone Methyl for Chronic Kidney Disease Outside the U.S. (9/23/2010)

September 28, 2010

Reata Pharmaceuticals is a Columbia University spinoff focused on pharmaceuticals for intractable diseases.

Abbott and Reata Pharmaceuticals today announced that they have entered into a collaboration agreement to develop and commercialize bardoxolone methyl (bardoxolone), which is currently in late Phase 2 trials for the treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD). [read more]

Gevo (Caltech, UCLA) Announces Closing of Acquisition of Ethanol Production Facility to Produce Isobutanol (9/23/2010)

September 28, 2010

Gevo is a Caltech spinoff focusing in renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels.

Gevo, Inc., a privately held renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company, announced today the closing of its acquisition of Agri-Energy’s ethanol production facility in Luverne, Minnesota. This plant is expected to provide 18 million gallons per year (MGPY) of production capacity for chemicals and fuels customers. [read more]

Audyssey (USC) Announces MultEQ Pro Software Update (9/23/2010)

September 28, 2010

Audyssey is a USC spinoff that develops sound equalization solutions.

Audyssey, a leader in audio technology for the home, automotive and theater markets, today announced a new version of its MultEQ Pro Software. The software is used to calibrate and equalize home theater systems using Audyssey installer-ready AVRs, and to customize other Audyssey technologies, such as Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume. [read more]

ThingMagic (MIT) Celebrates 10 Years of RFID Market Leadership (9/21/2010)

September 28, 2010

ThingMagic is an MIT spinoff developing RFID technology.

ThingMagic, Inc. (, a leading developer of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, today announced its 10th anniversary with a celebration of its achievements and by gathering predictions from several industry leaders about the next 10 years of RFID and the impact it will have on business and society. [read more]

Ember (MIT) Emerges as a European ZigBee Powerhouse (9/21/2010)

September 28, 2010

Ember is an MIT spinoff that develops wireless mesh networking technology.

Ember-enabled smart meters are becoming increasingly pervasive in Europe as the company’s ZigBee wireless networking technology gets deployed in some of the largest smart meter projects across the continent. Ember’s low-power ZigBee wireless solutions – CMOS wireless system-on-chips (SoCs), networking co-processors (NCP) and ZigBee protocol software – are extensively used in the smart grid and Home Area Networks (HAN) as well as a variety of other sensor networking applications. [read more]

Vivisimo (CMU) Releases Velocity 8.0, New Version of its Market Leading Information Optimization Platform (9/20/2010)

September 28, 2010

Vivisimo is a CMU spinoff that provides information optimization services.

Vivisimo, the leader in Information Optimization, announced today the release of Velocity 8.0. Recognizing the need for greater control by business managers and content owners, the reduction of IT resources, the ability to leverage existing SharePoint systems and hardware scalability, the newest version of Velocity introduces features that aim at driving quantifiable revenue increases and productivity savings. [read more]

SensAble Technologies (MIT) Launches New Dental Lab Solutions in Germany (9/16/2010)

September 28, 2010

SensAble Technologies is an MIT spinoff that develops 3D touch-enabled technology.

SensAble Technologies Inc., a leading provider of dental restoration design and fabrication solutions, 3D modeling software and haptic devices, announced that it has appointed Antonius Koester, GmbH & Co, KG as its first dental reseller in Germany – and named R+K CAD/CAM Technologie, GmbH & Co., KG, as the first German Authorized Production Center partner. Together, they will help SensAble expand its dental lab presence in the German-speaking regions of Europe through the sales, support and services associated with the award winning SensAble™ Dental Lab System, and its new modular configurations. [read more]

Chromatin, Inc. (Chicago) and Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc. Collaborate to Develop Gene Stacking Technology for Soybean (9/16/2010)

September 28, 2010

Chromatin is a University of Chicago spinoff that develops and markets technologies and products that benefit the agricultural, energy, chemical, nutritional, and pharmaceutical sectors.

Chromatin, Inc. announced today an extension of its research and commercial license agreement with Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc. for corn and soybeans for Chromatin’s proprietary gene stacking technology.

The agreement furthers a three-year relationship between the two companies. Under a 2007 agreement, Syngenta obtained non-exclusive rights to use Chromatin’s gene stacking technology for trait genes in corn and soybeans, and in 2009, Syngenta obtained exclusive worldwide research and commercial license rights to that technology for use in sugar cane. Today, Chromatin announces that they have launched activities to further develop gene stacking technology for soybean applications. [read more]

Conviva (CMU) Secures $15 Million Round of Funding Led by GGV Capital (9/15/2010)

September 28, 2010

Conviva is a CMU spinoff delivering high quality video experiences.

Conviva Inc., an advanced streaming solutions provider, today announced that it has closed a $15 million Series C round of funding, bringing Conviva’s total amount raised to $44 million since its launch in 2006. GGV Capital led the round with participation from existing investors Foundation Capital, New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Pelion Venture Partners (formerly UV Partners). Conviva has optimized over a billion video streams for some of the largest broadcasters on the Internet and will use the new financing to expand the company’s global footprint, drive continued technology innovation and invest in new industry segments to meet the growing demand for high-quality, high-definition (HD) online video. [read more]