Algoma Algal Biotechnology (AABT) is a Wisconsin-based start-up firm founded in 2012 whose core business is focused on the research and development of microbial systems for production of specialty chemicals and biofuels. AABT recently secured $250k in R&D funding in January 2015 through an NSF-funded STTR Phase 1 project entitled: “Carbon Capture and High-Value Isoprene Production by Fast-Growing Cyanobacteria”. While studies are currently underway for the Phase 1 project, the company has plans to apply for a Phase 2 STTR later this year with an aim of producing a pilot scale algal photo-bioreactor for CO2 capture capable of large scale production of value-added isoprenoids (Figures 2 and 3 below). The team has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in proprietary enhancements to cyanobacterial growth conditions specific to chemically reduced product yield improvements, proprietary promoter and expression systems as well as deployment of photo-bioreactors in the Midwest and beyond.

Microionic Systems. Annamalai Karthikeyan, founded Microionic Systems to develop and commercialize the fast, economical synthesis of high quality activated carbon from recycled raw materials. This technology could have applications in mercury removal, catalysis, medical purification and electrochemical cells. Thanks to its cost-effective approach in a growing market, Microionic Systems is poised for success.

NovaScan LLC is pioneering the use of the Cole relaxation frequency (the speed at which cells release a charge) as a method of cancer detection. In clinical trials involving more than 350 patients, NovaScan’s founders discovered that this frequency is several orders of magnitude larger for cancerous than non-cancerous cells, translating to nearly perfect sensitivity and specificity. NovaScan’s technology is not size constrained, nor is it expensive, and provides instantaneous results. The company’s first product is directed towards making Mohs surgery dramatically faster and more efficient.


OptSolv LLC is an IT startup created in December, 2011 to develop software implementations of advanced optimization technology innovations created by its co-founders. The company currently focuses on designing web-based college degree planning systems that empower students to easily explore the proper sequencing of courses for majors and minors that interest them while also providing complete semester-by-semester course plans that show for their degree choices the corresponding shortest paths to graduation.


Prentice Technologies was co-founded by Professors Anthony Ellertson and Trudi Miller of UW-Stevens Point to develop cutting-edge digital tools for health care. Specifically, Prentice Technologies is developing patient and hospital management software as well as mobile apps, virtual and augmented-reality tools to help patients. The company's products will offer significant cost savings in a growing market.

Vibetech, Inc. Previously, there existed no comprehensive solution to the universal problem of disuse atrophy and functional decline attributable to aging, disability, illness, inactivity, injury, and surgery. Now, a NASA Spinoff company, VibeTech, Inc., has discovered and developed a novel solution to this problem that significantly affects the health and quality of life over 18 million Americans and costs over $23 billion in direct healthcare expenses annually. VibeTech’s premier product, The VIBETECH ONE™, is not like anything else out there. It is the world’s first and only pressure-activated strength training and vibration therapy system. It is the most accessible and comprehensive rehabilitation product on the market for the most expensive and difficult to treat patients -- those with the greatest deficit in weight bearing physical activity. VibeTech’s new treatment modality offers a supplement to weight bearing physical activity in even the most debilitated patients, and it has no contraindications so it can be used by everyone. The FDA Class I exempt VIBETECH ONE™ is patented, clinically-tested, Medicare reimbursable, NIH-funded, backed by the University of Wisconsin System, supported by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and originated with funding and specifications from NASA.

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