2016 Spinouts

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Startup: Blacksand Technology

Founded: 2015

Originating Department: Metallurgical Engineering

Primary Inventor: Zhigang Zak Fang

Description: Blacksand Technology was founded to commercialize new titanium production methods developed at the University.  Blacksand’s process is aimed at making low-cost, high-quality titanium powder for use in emerging methods of manufacturing parts for aerospace and medical implants.

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Startup: Farhang Wireless

Founded: 2015

Originating Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Primary Inventor: Behrouz Farhang

Description: Farhang Wireless develops advanced solutions for the cellular, WiFi, and custom wireless communications industry. Through partnering, consulting, and licensing our goal is to use our core strength in signal processing to develop and proliferate market leading technology.

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Startup: Fluidx Medical Technology

Founded: 2015

Originating Department: Bioengineering

Primary Inventor: Russell Stewart

Description: Fluidx’s GPX product is a new multi-use non-cytotoxic embolic designed to improve effectiveness, safety, and delivery. GPX combines the benefits of coils, particles, and liquid embolics and has demonstrated to be effective in occluding vasculature from capillary to 6mm in bench and in-vivo studies.

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Startup: Frameshift Labs

Founded: 2016

Originating Department: Human Genetics

Primary Inventor: Chase Miller

Description: Frameshift Labs is a company dedicated to building cloud-based, visually driven, genomic analysis tools to facilitate discovery of diseases and diagnostic tests based on genetic variation. Their easy to use, web-based tools eliminate the need for expensive hardware and staff to maintain it. 

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Startup: iCORDS

Founded: 2015

Originating Department: Energy & Geoscience Institute

Primary Inventor: Varun Gowda

Description: iCORDS is a spinout from the Energy & Geoscience Institute (EGI) at the U. The company offers an easy-to-use cloud-based knowledge platform that facilitates interactive access to both proprietary EGI oil and gas exploration data and curated publicly available data of the same.

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Startup: ItRunsInMyFamily.com

Founded: 2016

Originating Department: Biomedical Informatics

Primary Inventor: Brandon Welch

Description: Family health history (FHx) is one of the most important risk factors for cancer and the foundation of genomic medicine, but is under-utilized by patients and clinicians. ItRunsInMyFamily.com uses artificial intelligence and social networking to help family members link up and share health information with each other to improve FHx collection.

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Startup: Polarized Antenna Innovations

Founded: 2015

Originating Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Primary Inventor: David Landon

Description: Polarized Antenna Technology offers a duel polar antenna that provides clearer sound on the calls, fewer dropped calls, and an increased ability to pick up signals in previously dead areas. Studies show a 50% recovery of rotation induced distortions and drops.