University of Washington celebrates record 18 start-up companies in FY14

Story by Clare LaFond
Photos by Conrado Tapado

More than 400 invited guests, including Washington Governor Jay Inslee and UW President Michael Young, turned out July 29 for the 2014 UW Start-Up Celebration held at C4C’s New Ventures Facility, which featured a record 18 new spin-outs spanning a broad range of industry sectors — from medical devices and therapeutics to software and clean technology.

The celebration began under a tent outside the New Ventures Facility, C4C’s business incubator in Fluke Hall, and featured remarks by Governor Inslee and UW Provost Ana Mari Cauce, along with Vikram Jandhyala, UW Vice Provost for Innovation, and Linden Rhoads, Special Advisor to the Vice Provost for Innovation. Guests then headed into Fluke Hall to C4C’s third floor Idea Lab for an Innovator Showcase poster session, where they were able to meet the founders and leaders of the 2014 UW start-up teams and learn more about the variety of new technologies headed to market.

Read the Puget Sound Business Journal story, and check out our photo gallery from the event below.

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FY 2014 UW Start-Up Companies:

AnswerDash – Has developed contextual Q&A technology that provides website and web application users with instant context-sensitive answers right when and where they need them. As users ask new questions over time, an “answer layer” builds up over a site or application, enabling future visitors to find answers easily without having to ask again.

Applied Dexterity – Advancing the field of robotically assisted surgery by creating a research surgical robot that allows researchers in engineering, surgery, and computer science to experiment, innovate and collaborate.

BluHaptics – Creating a control system for underwater remotely operated vehicles that can perform a variety of undersea tasks too dangerous for humans.

Deurion – Developing products for diagnostics and mass spectrometry, an analytical technique that produces spectra of the masses of atoms or molecules constituting a sample of material.

Ennaid Therapeutics – Commercializing cures for mosquito-borne diseases, including Dengue virus and West Nile virus.

Lodespin Labs – Creating the next generation of iron oxide magnetic nanoparticle tracers for medical imaging.

MarqMetrix – Providing real-time product quality improvement through optical, or light-sensing, measurement technology — most notably its use in an optical measurement device known as the Raman BallProbe™.

Medical Models – Using specialized medical imaging software and 3D printing to create custom physical models to assist medical students and patients when confronted with specific injuries and anatomical abnormalities that are typically only visible in scan data.

NaviSonics – Developed a handheld, ultrasound-guided catheter system to assist neurosurgeons with placement of extraventricular drains during surgery to relieve elevated cranial pressure, reducing neurosurgical revision rates and improving patient safety.

Oricula Therapeutics – Developing medications to protect hearing and balance from the effects of aging and ototoxic drugs, or medications that are toxic to the ear.

PET/X LLC – Integrates PET (positron emission tomography) and X-ray mammography to determine which targeted breast cancer therapies will be effective on an individual patient.

Polydrop – Developing robust new technology that improves adhesion and durability in paints and coatings for aerospace and automobile manufacturers. The technology diffuses the electrostatic charge that accumulates from friction, and provides electromagnetic interference shielding for paints and other coatings used in the transportation industries.

Shockmetrics – Creating non-invasive devices that measure the amount of oxygen in a patient’s muscles to detect medical shock.

Spark Medical — Developing a novel football helmet that protects against skull fracture and traumatic brain injury, particularly concussion.

Stasys – Commercializing a novel device to assess the state of blood coagulation in trauma patients within minutes, helping emergency physicians save lives.

Taggpic — Developing computer software that automatically recognizes buildings, structures, and landmarks in digital photographs, as well as the precise location where photos were taken.

VerAvanti – Developing medical devices focusing on the Endoluminal Optical Imaging, or Angioscopy, segment of the medical industry. Angioscopy is a medical technique for visualizing the interior of blood vessels.

Universal Cells — Developing methods for accurate and reliable gene editing in stem cells.