5 Startups to Scout in 2016

Are you curious about the types of technologies and startups that are profiled on seed? Below are five interesting startups that come from our member institutions. If you would like to see their full profiles, you can request a demo at the bottom of the page!

  1. Likarda

Likarda utilizes a proprietary cell culture system to create 3D cell clusters, or miniaturized organs, with applications in markets from drug discovery and development to cell-based transplantation and regenerative medicine. Likarda’s first product on the market will be a kit to cure diabetes in companion animals by transplanting Kanslets™ into diabetic dogs and cats. Likarda also conducts research and development with pharmaceutical and nutraceutical companies by testing new drug compounds on our 3D miniaturized organs, providing for better prediction of how drugs will work within the body. Likarda was founded by researchers from the University of Kansas.

2. Mosaic Materials

This company’s technology enables a radical reduction in cost and energy consumption for removing carbon dioxide and other impurities from high-volume commodity chemicals, including natural gas, biogas, and hydrogen, through the development and manufacturing of high-efficiency metal-organic framework (MOF) adsorbents.

Mosaic Materials is incubated at Cyclotron Road, in partnership with Lawrence Berkeley Lab.

3. Nanoly

Nanoly develops polymers that may be blended with any protein-based vaccine or therapeutics at any point in the delivery chain. The solution is composed of non-toxic particles that are custom synthesized for each vaccine. When the vaccine is combined with our polymer, the advantage is to prevent spoilage without refrigeration. The solution is portable, convenient, and reliable. It is designed to eliminate the difficulties associated with drug storage, transportation, and delivery.

Nanoly was founded by researchers from the University of Colorado.

4. NII

NII’s first product, the Vein-Eye™, provides real-time video of veins and small tumors below the surface of the skin. This technology has been highlighted in over 250 research articles. NII’s technology both images and enhances visualization of near-surface vascular structures using the principle of polarization and depolarization of light.

NII was founded by researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles

5. ShiftCool

ShiftCool’s technology aims to dramatically and cost-effectively reduce the total demand on the electrical power grid during summertime afternoon peak demand period, using cost-effective and widely deployed Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technology coupled to air conditioning systems.

ShiftCool was founded by researchers from Arizona State University.


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