Rutgers Startup Companies

AAB Research, LLC

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Year Started: 2006
Primary Investigator(s): April Benasich Ph.D. - Infancy Laboratory Studies, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience
Location: New Brunswick, NJ

AAB Research, LLC. is a neuroscience research company that builds and advertises technologies to improve brain development and increase learning potential in infants and young children.

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Actinobac Biomed, Inc.

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Year Started: 2009
Primary Investigator(s): Scott Kachlany, Ph.D. - Center for Oral Infectious Diseases, School of Dental Medicine
Location: North Brunswick, NJ

Actinobac Biomed, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the development of pharmaceutical technologies based upon the natural biologic agent leukotoxin (Leukothera™), which targets Leukocyte Function Antigen-1 (LFA-1) on white blood cells.

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Affineti, Inc.

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Year Started: 2011
Primary Investigator(s): Daniel H. Fine, DMD - Department of Oral Biology, School of Dental Medicine
Location: New Brunswick, NJ

Affineti, Inc. utilizes recent findings in oral biology and dental medicine to progress its research and development of therapeutic and diagnostic products.

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AmnioChor, Inc.

amniochor.com
Year Started: 2013
Primary Investigator(s): Russ Schweizer
Dale Woodbury, Ph.D. - Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Akiva J. Marcus - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Location: Middletown, NJ

Amniochor, Inc. is a biotechnology company that focuses on perinatal stem cell technology.

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Aprenda Systems, LLC

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Year Started: 2013
Primary Investigator(s): Alexander Izaguirre, Ph.D., M.B.A. - Rutgers-Newark MBA Program
Location: The Woodlands, TX

Aprenda Systems, LLC. is a healthcare information technology company that built a flexible, collaborative platform to instantaneously link people with profile data using their flagship invention, Signature.

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Aquarius Biotechnologies, LLC

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Year Started: 2013
Primary Investigator(s): Raphael J. Mannino, Ph.D. - Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, New Jersey Medical School
Location: Chicago, IL and Somerville, NJ

Aquarius Biotechnologies, LLC is founded on a revolutionary drug delivery platform called “cochleates.” When applied to existing drugs, cochleates can address IV administration and toxicity drug delivery issues.  The platform 1) creates oral drug alternatives with non-inferior efficacy for drugs that are currently only available via IV and 2) reduces drug toxicity.

Successful Exit: Acquired by Matinas BioPharma in 2015

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BioArray Solutions, Ltd.

immucor.com
Year Started: 1997
Primary Investigator(s): Richard H. Ebright, Ph.D. - Waksman Institute of Microbiology
Location: Warren, NJ

BioArray Solutions, Ltd. develops and builds technology for transfusion and transplantation medicine such as HEA BeadChip kits for multiplex human erythrocyte antigen DNA analysis, HLA-A BeadChip kits for single-locus human leukocyte antigen DNA analysis, and other products that are in the development stage such as HPA, array imaging systems and BASIS.

Successful Exit: Acquired by ImmuCor in 2008

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BiTKOO

(acquired by Dell)
bitkoo.com
Year Started: 2006
Primary Investigator(s): Liviu Iftode, Ph.D. - Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences
Location: North Hollywood, CA

BiTKOO, LLC is a software company innovating in Identity and Access Management, and specializing in the service-oriented development of applications. BiTKOO provides secured access to data and systems with the highest degree of ease and flexibility, enabling applications to consume authentication and authorization as a run-time service.

Successful Exit: Acquired by Quest Software, Inc. in 2011, which is now a part of Dell

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CellXplore, Inc.

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Year Started: 2008
Primary Investigator(s): Kiran Madura, Ph.D. - Department of Pharmacology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Location: New Brunswick, NJ

CellXplore, Inc. is a recently formed biotechnology company that is studying the ubiquitin/proteasome system of protein degradation. CellXplore intends to classify disease-specific biomarkers and targets for drug discovery in human diseases, and to develop diagnostic assays that can be applied to the field of animal science.

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Celvive, Inc.

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Year Started: 2011
Primary Investigator(s): Hatem Sabaawy, M.D., Ph.D. - Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Location: New Brunswick, NJ

Celvive, Inc. is dedicated to refining a technology for the isolation and use of autologous stem cells for regenerative medicine applications with an initial focus on neural regeneration in patients of spinal cord injury (SCI). The company has developed a new approach, using a closed bag system to isolate specific Adult Stem Cells from the patients' self Bone Marrow to treat SCI.

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Connotate Technologies, Inc.

connotate.com
Year Started: 2001
Primary Investigator(s): Tomasz Imelinski, Ph.D. - Department of Computer Science
Location: New Brunswick, NJ

Connotate Technologies, Inc. uses knowledge management tools and machine-learning Intelligent Agents that can be trained to do anything a human can to harvest, monitor, extract, mash up, repurpose and integrate disparate sources of information and data.

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CreOsso, LLC

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Year Started: 2013
Primary Investigator(s): Joseph Benevenia, M.D. - Department of Orthopaedics, New Jersey Medical School
Location: Montclair, NJ

CreOsso, LLC. is a biotechnology company that creates and commercializes products that improve the human body’s regeneration and bone healing abilities.

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Durin Technologies, Inc.

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Year Started: 2010
Primary Investigator(s): Robert G. Nagele, Ph.D. - Department of Biological Sciences
Venkat Venkataraman, Ph.D. - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Location: New Brunswick, NJ

Durin Technologies, Inc. is a startup that is creating diagnostic kits to detect, identify, and stage neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD) years before the arrival of noticeable physical symptoms.

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Elucid Bioimaging, Inc.

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Year Started: 2013
Primary Investigator(s): Andrew Buckler
Location: Wenham, MA

Elucid Bioimaging, Inc. is a medical imaging company that is building the Computer-Aided Phenotyping (CAP) Platform, a cutting-edge bioimaging system that can reduce the rates of misclassification that lead to increased medical costs and over- and under-diagnosis in cardiology and oncology.

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Everist Genomics, Inc.

everisthealth.com
Year Started: 2001
Primary Investigator(s): Matthew Bartlam, MBA
Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Everist Genomics, Inc. is a personalized medicine company that developed the ANGIODEFENDER system. This device is the world’s first integrated diagnostic product that combines sensor technology with a software algorithm to help doctors swiftly and economically detect early-stage cardiovascular disease (CVD).

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GeneAssess, Inc.

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Year Started: 2012
Primary Investigator(s): Helmut Zarbl, Ph.D. - Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI)
Location: Piscataway, NJ

GeneAssess, Inc. is a biotechnology company that concentrates on the unearthing, development, and commercialization of innovative, high-value diagnostic tests that help doctors diagnose, treat and improve results for cancer patients.

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Healthy Cow Corp.

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Year Started: 2012
Primary Investigator(s): Kiran Madura, Ph.D. - Department of Pharmacology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Healthy Cow Corp. helps dairy producers improve animal health, productivity, and yield higher quality milk through ethical, natural, and environmentally responsible methods.

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Ibris, Inc.

inspirata.com
Year Started: 2011
Primary Investigator(s): Annat Madabushi - Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering
Location: Piscataway, NJ

Inspirata is a medical imaging company that applies their PathologyNEXTTM plan to advance the practice of pathology with digital pathology solutions. These solutions utilize 21st century tools and technologies to increase the speed of cancer detection, diagnosis, and treatment.

Successful Exit: Acquired by Inspirata, Inc. in 2015

Integra Lifesciences Corporation

integralife.com
Year Started: 1989
Primary Investigator(s): Joachim B. Kohn, Ph.D. - Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences
Location: Plainsboro, NJ

Integra Lifesciences Corporation provides original solutions in orthopedic extremity surgery, neurosurgery, and reconstructive and general surgery to reduce uncertainty for surgeons when operating on patients.

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Intuidex, Inc.

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Year Started: 2006
Primary Investigator(s): William M. Pottenger, Ph.D. - The Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, Department of Computer Science
Location: Bethlehem, PA

Intuidex, Inc. is a data-modeling and analytics technology company that provides advanced data analysis and decision support solutions for clients across the defense, homeland security, intelligence, law enforcement, civilian agencies, as well as the commercial sector.

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Longevica Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Year Started: 2008
Primary Investigator(s): Alexey G. Ryazanov, Ph.D. - Department of Pharmacology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Location: Piscataway, NJ

Longevica Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biotechnology company that creates and markets kinase inhibitors that keep normal cells healthy during chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

Maverick Vascular Technologies, Inc.

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Year Started: 2014
Primary Investigator(s): Kathryn Uhrich, Ph.D. - Dean of the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Maverick Vascular Technologies, Inc. is a developing company concentrating on creating the first drug-eluting bioresorbable vascular scaffolds (“BVS”) and the first dual drug-eluting bioresorbable coating for coronary and peripheral implementation.

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MentiNova, Inc.

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Year Started: 2012
Primary Investigator(s): M. Maral Mouradian, M.D. - Department of Neurology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Location: New Brunswick, NJ

Maverick Vascular Technologies, Inc. is a developing company concentrating on creating the first drug-eluting bioresorbable vascular scaffolds (“BVS”) and the first dual drug-eluting bioresorbable coating for coronary and peripheral implementation.

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Mito BioPharm, Inc.

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Year Started: 2012
Primary Inventor: Shengkan (Victor) Jin, Ph.D.
Primary Investigator(s): Shengkan (Victor) Jin, Ph.D. - Department of Pharmacology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Location: Piscataway, NJ

Mito BioPharm, Inc. is targeting mitochondria and cellular metabolism for developing therapeutics, which contributes to diseases such as type II diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, and aging in general.

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Nexomics Biosciences, Inc.

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Year Started: 2007
Primary Investigator(s): Guy Montelione, Ph.D. - Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, School of Arts and Sciences
Location: Highland Park, NJ

Nexomics Biosciences, Inc. is dedicated to developing and commercializing novel scientific discoveries. Nexomics leverages its expertise in protein biochemistry, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and x-ray crystallography to aid its customers’ discovery efforts.

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Nian-Crae, Inc.

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Year Started: 2013
Primary Investigator(s): William Craelius - Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering

Nian-Crae, Inc. developed the world’s first prosthetic hand with individually controlled fingers. Nian-Crae is working to advance DextraHand functionality and make the technology accessible to those in need of prosthesis.

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NovoPedics, Inc.

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Year Started: 2013
Primary Investigator(s): Charles J. Gatt, Jr., M.D. - Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Michael Dunn, Ph.D. - Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Location: New Brunswick, NJ

NovoPedics, Inc. is an innovative orthopedics company that created Meniscofix, which is a biodegradable polymer, fiber-reinforced scaffold for total meniscal replacement. NovoPedics is currently working on an implantable medical device that restores mobility to patients with severe meniscal knee injury.

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Nutrasorb, LLC.

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Year Started: 2010
Primary Investigator(s): Ilya Raskin, Ph.D. - Department of Plant Biology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Location: Manalapan, NJ

Nutrasorb, LLC. pioneers the use of a proprietary, groundbreaking process, Nutrasorb™ technology, that naturally concentrates the beneficial phytonutrients from fruits and vegetables into foods in amounts sufficient to promote health and wellness.

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OncoPath Genomics

oncopathgenomics.com
Year Started: 2013
Primary Investigator(s): Emmanuel Zachariah, Ph.D. - Department of Pediatrics, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Location: Highland Park, NJ

OncoPath Genomics, Inc. is an innovative new company that strives to provide high-quality gene expression prognostic and predictive services for the personalized medicine arena, enabling better management of cancer patients.

PolyCore Therapeutics, LLC.

Year Started: 2015
Primary Investigator(s): Sandhya Kortagere, Ph.D. - Drexel University Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Eldo Kuzhikandathil - Department of Pharmacology & Physiology, New Jersey Medical School

Location: Philadelphia, PA

PolyCore Therapeutics, LLC. is a developing company established to commercialize a new drug that could treat Parkinson’s disease without dangerous side effects.

Polymer Therapeutics, LLC

polymerx.com
Year Started: 2015
Primary Investigator(s): Kathryn Uhrich, Ph.D. - Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences
Location: Chester, NJ

Polymer Therapeutics, LLC is a medical polymer company that has developed a novel class of biocompatible/bioabsorbable drug-eluting polymers (BDEP™) having broad applications in the medical device coating and fabrication industries.

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Scarlet Computing Solutions, LLC

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Year Started: 2009
Primary Investigator(s): Paul Johnson, Ed.D. - Research & Enrollment Information Services
Location: Princeton, NJ

Scarlet Computing Solutions, LLC provides environmentally friendly hosted software solutions to universities that simplify the admissions process using their Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) system and STARS college application and review technology.

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Scientific Learning Corp.

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Year Started: 1995
Primary Investigator(s): Paula Tallal, Ph.D. - Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience (CMBN), Rutgers-Newark
Location: Berkley, CA

Scientific Learning Corp. provides education software to K-12 schools, educational institutions, speech and language clinics, and learning and tutorial centers around the world.

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Sicut Enterprises Limited

(Micron, Inc. LTD acquired by Sicut Holding Limited)
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Year Started: 2014
Primary Investigator(s): Thomas J. Nosker, Ph.D. - Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Location: London, UK

Sicut Holding Limited is an environmentally conscious company that specializes in recycled composite railway sleepers, Vertech® composite building products, and Ulti-Mat crane and bog mats.

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Solidia Technologies

solidiatech.com
Year Started: 2008
Primary Investigator(s): Richard Riman, Ph.D. - Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering
Location: Piscataway, NJ

Solidia Technologies is an advanced materials company, focusing on developing scalable solutions for the world of building and construction materials. Their technology enables the design of next generation products made by low energy processes that utilize waste materials and consume CO2.

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TAXIS Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

taxispharma.com
Year Started: 2010
Primary Investigator(s): Edmond Lavoie, Ph.D. - Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Location: Princeton, NJ

TAXIS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is focused on the discovery and development of pharmaceuticals targeting multidrug-resistant bacterial pathogens that constitute a worldwide therapeutic category estimated to exceed $30B in annual sales revenues.

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Teoma Technologies, Inc.

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Year Started: 2001
Primary Investigator(s): Apostolos Gerasoulis, Ph.D. - Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences
Location: Oakland, California

Teoma Technologies, Inc. was a 10-person startup out of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey with unique index and search relevancy technology. Teoma was the first, and is still the only, major search technology based upon the clustering concept of subject-specific popularity: ExpertRank.

Successful Exit: Acquired by Ask.com (Ask Jeeves) in 2001

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ThermoVolt Solar, LLC

thermovoltsolar.com
Year Started: 2014
Primary Investigator(s): Todd Katz - School of Engineering
Dunbar P. Birnie, III, Ph.D. - Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering
Vishnuvardhanan Vijayakumar, Ph.D. - Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering

Location: Holmdel, NJ

ThermoVolt Solar, LLC is an environmentally friendly company that is producing a rooftop co-generation solar system that generates electricity and hot water in the same device.

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Tokutek, Inc.

percona.com
Year Started: 2006
Primary Investigator(s): Michael A. Bender, Ph.D. - Department of Computer Science, SUNY Stony Brook
Bradley C. Kuszmaul, Ph.D. - Supercomputing Technologies Group, MIT
Martin Farach-Colton, Ph.D. - Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences

Location: Durham, NC

Tokutek, Inc. is a database company that developed pivotal Open Source data management technologies such as MySQL and MongoDB.

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TRIM-edicine, Inc.

trim-edicine.com
Year Started: 2008
Primary Investigator(s): Jianjie Ma, Ph.D. - Graduate Program in Physiology and Integrative Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Location: North Brunswick, NJ

TRIM-edicine, Inc. is an early-stage, privately held biotechnology company engaged in the development of novel biopharmaceutical products for the treatment of several important unmet medical needs, including oral healthcare, dermal wounds, ischemia/reperfusion injury, sports medicine and muscular dystrophy.

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TYRX, Inc.

tyrx.com
Year Started: 1998
Primary Investigator(s): Joachim B. Kohn, Ph.D. - Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences
Location: Monmouth Junction, NJ

TyRx Pharma, Inc. focuses on creating unique, cost-effective solutions that address surgical-site infections (SSIs) and inflammatory tissue-reaction associated with implanted medical devices. TYRX utilizes novel polymer technology, including a world-wide license from Rutgers University, covering a broad range of resorbable materials and drug delivery technology.

Successful Exit: Acquired by Medtronic in 2014

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Veracity Network, Inc.

veracitynetwork.us
Year Started: 2011
Primary Investigator(s): Brian Mayo
William E. Mayo, Ph.D. - Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering

Location: Melbourne, FL

Veracity Network, Inc. develops innovative solutions for the detection of concealed materials such as counterfeit drugs in sealed bottles, hidden explosives in airport luggage, or customized detection approaches for specific customer needs.

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Virbio

www.virbioinc.com
Year Started: 2016
Primary Investigator(s): Rob Toth - Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering
Mark Pierce, Ph.D. - Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering

Location: Long Valley, NJ

Virbio is a startup company aiming to provide virtual biopsy previews to clinicians to help hone in where to cut malignant tissue.

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Visikol, Inc.

visikol.com
Year Started: 2016
Primary Investigator(s): Tom Villani - Graduate Program in Medicinal Chemistry
James E. Simon, Ph.D. - Department of Plant Biology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Location: New Brunswick, NJ

Visikol, Inc. (Phytosys LLC) is a biotechnology company whose primary objective is to transform the bio-imaging field in order to provide superior information to researchers and improved outcomes for patients. The primary technology asset of Phytosys is Visikol™: a novel chemical method for rendering biological tissues transparent.

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XPEED Turbine Technology

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Year Started: 2015
Primary Investigator(s): Arturo Villegas, Ph.D. - Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering
Javier Diez-Garias - Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering

Location: New Brunswick, NJ

XPEED Turbine Technology is an engineering service company dedicated to provide cost effective technologies to make wind turbines more efficient, to make wind energy more competitive and to drastically improve wind farms profitability.

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Z53 Therapeutics

z53therapeutics.com
Year Started: 2015
Primary Investigator(s): Darren Carpizo, M.D. - Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Location: Cleveland, OH

Z53 Therapeutics, LLC is designing first-in-class novel therapeutics to target tumors with mutations in the tumor suppressor gene, p53.