Portfolio Companies

During the course of the past fifteen years, IllinoisVENTURES has led or collaborated on the initial funding of over 75 new ventures spanning a broad spectrum of scientific and technological innovation across multiple domains.

LIFE SCIENCE

Aptimmune Biologics

http://aptimmune.com/

Aptimmune Biologics

Aptimmune Biologics specializes in the development and application of prophylactic measures against viral diseases of swine.  The company's current focus is bringing into the market effective prophylaxis against Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) virus.  Aptimmune utilizes novel technologies to create effective vaccines against PRRSV such as the proprietary pig alveolar macrophage cell line ZMAC.

Cast21

https://cast21.com/

Cast21

Cast21 is a medical device company developing an alternative orthopedic cast used for treating fractures; Cast21's benefits include breathability, less odor, reduced itching, less likelihood of skin problems, and the ability to access the arm throughout the healing process. The Company began as a senior design project at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has affiliations with Carle Health System and is advised by Dr. Jerrad Zimmerman, head Physician for University of Illinois Athletics.

Diagnostic Photonics

http://www.diagnosticphotonics.com/

Diagnostic Photonics

Diagnostic Photonics, Inc. is developing an ultra-high resolution imaging platform for clinical applications that provides real-time insight into the microscopic structure of tissue, giving clinicians immediate feedback to optimize patient care in a number of clinical scenarios.

Chromatin

http://www.chromatininc.com/

Chromatin

Chromatin is focused on sorghum — a high-yielding, nutrient-efficient, and drought tolerant crop that is vital to meeting the world’s growing demand for sustainable agricultural systems and can be cultivated on over 80% of the world’s agricultural land.  They are tapping the tremendous natural biodiversity of sorghum to create new seed products that use resources efficiently and grow on marginal land. Their products are enabling farmers worldwide to produce crops optimized for traditional agriculture or for bio-industrial processes that create renewable chemicals, materials and fuels.

PhotoniCare

http://photonicareinc.com/

PhotoniCare

PhotoniCare is a medical device start-up in Champaign, IL, developing technology invented at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign by the company's founders. This handheld imaging technology provides access to new clinical indicators that will fundamentally change the way middle ear infections and other middle ear diseases are managed, by providing unprecedented views into the middle ear space where these diseases take place. Fundamentally, PhotoniCare seeks to improve healthcare by enabling higher-value care, resulting in reduced healthcare costs and better patient outcomes. Its platform technology will provide new insights into a number of diseases and applications, starting with the most common disease afflicting our children.

Phi Optics

http://phioptics.com/

Phi Optics

Phi Optics Inc was founded in 2009 to respond to market’s request for QPI enabled devices. The company is developing the next generation of optical imaging systems through its Quantitative Phase Imaging Platform. Phi Optics platform is aimed at augmenting conventional optical microscopy in various vertical markets. Backed by an extensive patent portfolio secured both through in-licensing and continued developments at Phi Optics, the company is targeting applications in life sciences, medical diagnostics, nanotechnology, and semiconductor testing.

Phi Optics technology platform uses standard tools and processes and combines the performance of traditional modalities of an light microscope (e.g. fluorescence, DIC, phase contrast) with the real-time 3D topography capabilities of QPI. This combination offers a significant advantage for applications that require low-cost, fast and accurate imaging of nanostructures.

Vanquish Oncology

http://vanquishoncology.com/

Vanquish Oncology

Vanquish Oncology Inc. is an exciting new drug development company focused on targeting unexploited molecular defects in cancer cells to create first in class, personalized therapeutics for unmet or underserved cancer markets.

NexHand

NexHand

NexHand is focused on developing highly innovative medical devices to improve the diagnosis and the surgical procedure to more safely and effectively treat patients suffering from stress urinary incontinence (SUI). NexHand's novel technologies address the unmet needs of patients and physicians during SUI diagnosis and during surgery using quantifiable metrics to determine condition severity and proper tension of urethral slings. NexHand is based in Chicago, Illinois.

Catylix

http://www.catylix.com

Catylix

Catylix, Inc. is working to develop better methods for producing biologically-active compounds with improved pharmacokinetic properties for medicinal, veterinary and agrochemical applications.

Cell Habitats

http://cellhabitats.com

Cell Habitats

Cell Habitats, Inc. is redefining the field of tissue regeneration by harnessing the body’s own endogenous stem cells to restore normal function to damaged or diseased tissue. This innovation could be a medical breakthrough in the treatment of heart muscle injury and may serve as a platform for the regeneration of other tissues such as bone, muscle, and nerve tissues.

GlucoSentient

http://glucosentient.com

GlucoSentient

GlucoSentient, Inc. is focused on the development of an accurate, convenient yet affordable therapeutic drug monitor for people receiving immunosuppressant medications to avoid organ rejection. While this is the initial target market, there are many therapeutic drug monitoring applications for the company’s technology.

Immune Cell Therapy

http://immcellther.com

Immune Cell Therapy

Immune Cell Therapy, Inc. is a development stage biotechnology company founded in 2003 to develop patient specific vaccines to prevent metastases or recurrence of cancer.

NantKwest

http://nantkwest.com

NantKwest

NantKwest (Nasdaq: NK), is a pioneering, next generation, clinical-stage immunotherapy company focused on harnessing the unique power of our immune system using natural killer (NK) cells to treat cancer, infectious diseases and inflammatory diseases. NK cells are the body’s first line of defense due to the innate ability of NK cells to rapidly identify and destroy cells under stress, such as cancer or virally-infected cells.
NantKwest’s unique NK cell based platform, with the capacity to grow active killer cells as a biological cancer therapy, has been designed to induce cell death against cancer or infected cells by three different modes of action:
(1) Direct killing using activated NK cells (aNK) that release toxic granules directly into the cell through cell to cell contact,
(2) Antibody-mediated killing using haNKs, which are NK cells engineered to incorporate a high affinity receptor that binds to an administered antibody, enhancing the cancer cell killing effect of that antibody, and
(3) Targeted activated killing using taNKs, which are NK cells engineered to incorporate chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) to target tumor-specific antigens found on the surface of cancer cells
Our aNK, haNK and taNK platform addresses certain limitations of T cell therapies including the reduction of risk of serious “cytokine storms”‎ reported after T cell therapy. As an “off-the-shelf” therapy, NantKwest’s NK cells do not rely on a patient’s own often compromised immune system. In Phase 1 clinical trials in patients with late stage cancer, Nantkwest’s NK cells has been successfully administered as an outpatient infusion therapy without any reported severe side effects, even at doses of 10 billion cells.
By leveraging an integrated and extensive genomics and transcriptomics discovery and development engine, together with a pipeline of multiple, clinical-stage, immuno-oncology programs that include a phase 2 trial for a rare form of melanoma and the planned initiation of a clinical trial of NK cells targeted to breast cancer, we believe NantKwest is uniquely positioned to be the premier immunotherapy company and transform medicine by delivering living drugs in a bag and bringing novel NK cell-based therapies to routine clinical care.

RespireRX

http://respirerx.com

RespireRX

RespireRX Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is engaged in the discovery and development of pharmaceuticals for the treatment of breathing disorders, including respiratory depression and sleep apnea.

Senex Biotechnology

http://senexbio.com/

Senex Biotechnology

Senex Biotechnology is a drug discovery and development company focused on oncology therapeutics. Senex was founded by Dr. Igor Roninson, based on the discovery in his academic laboratory of a novel biological pathway involved in cancer and other aging-associated diseases. Senex has discovered small molecules that inhibit this pathway, identified their pertinent molecular targets, and developed selective inhibitors of these novel targets. Function based genomic screening enabled the identification of additional new targets that are required by tumor cells but not by normal tissues. Leads against three of Senex’s targets are under development; the most advanced lead is anticipated to enter clinical trials within a year.

PharmaIN

http://pharmain.com/

PharmaIN

PharmaIN is an injectable drug delivery company. Itsproprietary nanocarrier technology, Protected Graft Copolymer (PGC), is comprised of a family of related technologies designed to formulate various types of drug payloads. The technology is broadly applicable, with significant advantages in formulating peptides and small proteins. PGC does not bind the drug covalently, using a high affinity interaction to increase half-life and preferentially accumulate in areas of enhanced vascular permeability, such as infection, solid tumors, and inflammation. PGC was initially developed at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and has been expanded by PharmaIN to include over 15 families of issued and pending patents. They are funded by NIH awards of over $6M for the development of several peptides and proteins (biologics), and by angel investments.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

Semprius

http://semprius.com/

Semprius

Semprius is the smart way to generate solar electricity. Based upon the world’s smallest solar cells, Semprius designs and manufactures the highest efficiency solar modules in the world. Using patented cell technology and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes, Semprius is leading the way to cost-competitive, sustainable generation of solar electricity. Semprius’ headquarters and production facilities are located in North Carolina.

Advanced Diamond Technologies

http://www.thindiamond.com/

Advanced Diamond Technologies

Advanced Diamond Technology, Inc. is a leader in developing and applying diamond films for electronic, mechanical, industrial, and biomedical applications, and offers several families of high-performance products that exploit the characteristics of UNCD® (ultrananocrystalline diamond) technology.

ANDalyze

http://andalyze.com

ANDalyze

ANDalyze, Inc. develops and sells products for real-time water sensing using DNA technology.

Autonomic Materials

http://autonomicmaterials.com

Autonomic Materials

Autonomic Materials, Inc. develops and commercializes breakthrough low-cost, self-healing polymer additives for

high performance coatings and structural composites.

Eden Park Illumination

http://edenpark.com

Eden Park Illumination

Eden Park Illumination, Inc. has developed and commercialized a new, differentiated, specialty lighting platform based on microplasma technology.

Serionix

http://www.serionix.com/

Serionix

Serionix is commercializing disruptive, high-performance, fibrous adsorbents capable of rapid and efficient removal of toxic and odorous chemicals from air. We have acquired a deep level of expertise in product design and evaluation, and provide services including filter failure analysis, engineering design of adsorbents, prototyping and gas testing.

Serionix’s proprietary technology originated from work performed in Prof. James Economy’s labs in the Material Science and Engineering program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A member of the National Academy of Engineering and fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Economy has over 30 years of experience in commercializing material technologies, including 6 currently marketed products.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Amber Agriculture

http://www.amber.ag/

Amber Agriculture

Amber Agriculture is an agtech company focused on introducing precision and automation throughout postharvest processes. Their initial technology utilizes a system of sensors that monitors the internal conditions of the bin & grain, alongside the external weather environment. The sensors turn the fans on and off in the bins as needed, thus automating the grain storage and drying process.

Amber Agriculture is a student run startup from the University of Illinois of Urbana-Champaign. They were the winners of the Cozad New Venture Competition and the IllinoisVENTURES Prize in 2016.

RECONSTRUCT

http://reconstructinc.com/

RECONSTRUCT

Reconstruct provides a visual production management platform for construction projects. Using images captured with drones or ground cameras, integrated with building information models, it provides project teams with easy and quick access to actionable construction performance analytics with an online interface that is accessible through commodity smartphones and tablets. The platform detects and communicate performance problems and offers insight on potential delays so that project teams can prevent delays before they surface on jobsites.

Persio

http://www.pers.io/

Persio

Persio’s multi-channel marketing and decisioning platform puts the power of personalization into marketers’ hands. Built to meet the needs of retailers, Persio works with marketers’ existing data sources, technology solutions, deployment channels and identity resolution services to establish a unified customer record so that marketers can deploy data-driven and personalized campaigns across web, email, SMS, mobile apps and other sales channels. Persio empowers marketers to deliver relevant offers to customers at their most responsive point.

ShareThis

http://www.sharethis.com/

ShareThis

ShareThis is a social data platform with real-time processing at its core. A pioneer in the industry, ShareThis believes the desire to share is rooted deep within human beings, reflecting passions, wants, and lifestyles that are constantly fluctuating throughout the day, week, and month. By identifying these human sentiments, ShareThis gains a better understanding of people, thus empowering a more personal and relevant internet experience. Due to the dynamic nature of humans, ShareThis recognizes the value of real time for publishers, advertisers, or any data-driven business and has built a social data platform designed to process actual first-party data in actual real time. The ShareThis consumer engagement and sharing tools are used by over 4.5 million domains to drive engagement, traffic, and personalization, capturing the widest and deepest sentiments of people across the internet. These sentiments flow into the ShareThis platform as terabytes of data that are processed daily to better understand people, making social data actionable for any business that requires a holistic view of people or customers.

Rithmio

http://www.rithmio.com/

Rithmio

Rithmio is a wearables company that creates motion recognition software. Consumer electronics companies and global fitness brands leverage Rithmio's software to make the next generation of wearables and connected clothing. Headquartered in Chicago, IL, Rithmio is  spun out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014.

Oso Technologies

https://myplantlink.com/

Oso Technologies

Founded in 2013 in Urbana, IL, Oso Technologies is the maker of PlantLink, a connected, wireless soil monitoring system for use indoors and out by gardeners and landscapers. PlantLink was a 2013 top Kickstarter project, a 2015 Fund Conference Finalist and is currently an Edison Award Nominee.

Revenew

http://www.revenew.com/

Revenew

Revenew is the leading through-channel marketing automation (TCMA) platform that brings control, transparency and a holistic view to channel marketing. With Revenew, enterprise brands are able to market to, through and for their channel partners at scale.

Personify

http://www.personify.com/

Personify

Personify brings you a completely new video experience by removing your background and immersing you right into your desktop, like a real-time green screen. Personify transports you to a shared virtual space where you can interact with friends, family and colleagues like you're sitting across the table from them. Experience digital content together or record, edit and share your own immersive video content with others.

Agrible

http://www.agrible.com/

Agrible

Agrible's focus is to provide innovative, easy-to-use products that farmers and companies can use to improve their production. We create predictive analytics tools that deliver field-specific data and forecasts to help with decision-making on the farm. Current customers include independent growers, software developers, soil test laboratories, crop consultants, insurance agencies, commodities companies, traders, and major ag chemical companies developing seed technologies and new production methods.

Agrible formed in 2012 as a merger between Spatial Rainfall Consulting, Inc. (formed in 2007) and a group of scientist-investors independently providing ag data to growers and traders since 1997. They include a talented computer programmers, business people, and sales team working with a group of PhD’s in Agricultural Engineering, Soil Physics, Atmospheric Science, and Agronomy. A perfect company to have on your side when you are up against tough odds and Mother Nature.

PrintEco

http://www.serionix.com/

PrintEco

Frustrated by the waste of paper, time and resources, PrintEco is contributing to a more sustainable business environment using proprietary algorithms that are easy to use and produce immediate results.

They have been recognized by Microsoft as a start-up in their BizSpark program. Microsoft BizSpark is a global program that helps software startups succeed by giving them access to Microsoft software development tools, connecting them with key industry players, including investors, and providing marketing visibility

OTHER

Petronics

http://www.petronics.io/

Petronics

Petronics is building the future of personal robotics and AI that interacts with real intelligence. Their first product, Mousr, is designed to play automated games of hide and seek with house cats.

Tiesta Tea

http://tiestatea.com/

Tiesta Tea

Tiesta Tea focuses on providing the highest quality functional loose-leaf teas in the world. Tiesta Tea can be found nationwide in specialty, natural and conventional grocery stores along with hundreds of cafes that serve our product.

Infochimps

http://www.infochimps.com/

Infochimps

Infochimps was founded by data scientists, cloud computing, and open source experts. Their solutions make it faster, easier and far less complex to build and manage Big Data systems behind applications to quickly deliver actionable insights. With Infochimps Cloud, enterprises benefit from the fastest way to deploy Big Data applications in complex, hybrid cloud environments.

Local Offer

http://www.localoffernetwork.com/

Local Offer

Clearstream.TV

http://clearstream.tv/

Clearstream.TV

Clearstream.TV, Inc. has a goal is to equip advertisers with a well-rounded look at the video content they purchase by going beyond page level and metadata and journeying into the actual video stream. Using a combination of object and audio detection, ground-breaking viewability technology, and comprehensive content and audience targeting capabilities, the company provides brands with a TV-like buying experience in a progressive, digital world.

TetraVitae Bioscience

TetraVitae Bioscience

Juhl Energy Inc.

http://juhlenergy.com

Juhl Energy Inc.

iCyt Mission Technology

http://www.sharethis.com/

iCyt Mission Technology

iCyt Mission Technology offers a comprehensive line of flow cytometry products, lab productivity software, and novel reagent solutions. A leading innovator in the industry. iCyt, received the Frost & Sullivan Emerging Technology Award, the Milestone Award, and the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, in recognition of their contribution to technological development. Behind every iCyt product is a team of experienced professionals who are dedicated to designing, manufacturing, and supporting the highest quality products and most productive solutions for their customers.

In February 2010, iCyt was acquired by Sony Corporation (Sony). As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America (SCA), to leverage Sony's global resources to continue to develop and deliver innovative solutions to the cell analysis market. By combining Sony's engineering and manufacturing expertise with the technological assets of iCyt, the acquisition accelerated iCyt's development of next-generation cell analysis systems, culminating in the release of the SY3200 analyzer and EC800 Sorter.

In 2012, iCyt changed its name to Sony Biotechnology Inc. to demonstrate the company's progress towards a technology driven business that transcends the boundaries of traditional flow cytometry and brings thoughtful innovation which dramatically improves the way research and science works. Through the application of Sony's core optic and data transmission technologies, Sony Biotechnology Inc. is positioned to introduce unique advances in flow cytometry, and realize plans for delivering innovative products to research and clinical laboratories around the world.

+ Portfolio Companies

LIFE SCIENCE

Aptimmune Biologics

http://aptimmune.com/

Aptimmune Biologics

Aptimmune Biologics specializes in the development and application of prophylactic measures against viral diseases of swine.  The company's current focus is bringing into the market effective prophylaxis against Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) virus.  Aptimmune utilizes novel technologies to create effective vaccines against PRRSV such as the proprietary pig alveolar macrophage cell line ZMAC.

Cast21

https://cast21.com/

Cast21

Cast21 is a medical device company developing an alternative orthopedic cast used for treating fractures; Cast21's benefits include breathability, less odor, reduced itching, less likelihood of skin problems, and the ability to access the arm throughout the healing process. The Company began as a senior design project at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has affiliations with Carle Health System and is advised by Dr. Jerrad Zimmerman, head Physician for University of Illinois Athletics.

Diagnostic Photonics

http://www.diagnosticphotonics.com/

Diagnostic Photonics

Diagnostic Photonics, Inc. is developing an ultra-high resolution imaging platform for clinical applications that provides real-time insight into the microscopic structure of tissue, giving clinicians immediate feedback to optimize patient care in a number of clinical scenarios.

Chromatin

http://www.chromatininc.com/

Chromatin

Chromatin is focused on sorghum — a high-yielding, nutrient-efficient, and drought tolerant crop that is vital to meeting the world’s growing demand for sustainable agricultural systems and can be cultivated on over 80% of the world’s agricultural land.  They are tapping the tremendous natural biodiversity of sorghum to create new seed products that use resources efficiently and grow on marginal land. Their products are enabling farmers worldwide to produce crops optimized for traditional agriculture or for bio-industrial processes that create renewable chemicals, materials and fuels.

PhotoniCare

http://photonicareinc.com/

PhotoniCare

PhotoniCare is a medical device start-up in Champaign, IL, developing technology invented at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign by the company's founders. This handheld imaging technology provides access to new clinical indicators that will fundamentally change the way middle ear infections and other middle ear diseases are managed, by providing unprecedented views into the middle ear space where these diseases take place. Fundamentally, PhotoniCare seeks to improve healthcare by enabling higher-value care, resulting in reduced healthcare costs and better patient outcomes. Its platform technology will provide new insights into a number of diseases and applications, starting with the most common disease afflicting our children.

Phi Optics

http://phioptics.com/

Phi Optics

Phi Optics Inc was founded in 2009 to respond to market’s request for QPI enabled devices. The company is developing the next generation of optical imaging systems through its Quantitative Phase Imaging Platform. Phi Optics platform is aimed at augmenting conventional optical microscopy in various vertical markets. Backed by an extensive patent portfolio secured both through in-licensing and continued developments at Phi Optics, the company is targeting applications in life sciences, medical diagnostics, nanotechnology, and semiconductor testing.

Phi Optics technology platform uses standard tools and processes and combines the performance of traditional modalities of an light microscope (e.g. fluorescence, DIC, phase contrast) with the real-time 3D topography capabilities of QPI. This combination offers a significant advantage for applications that require low-cost, fast and accurate imaging of nanostructures.

Vanquish Oncology

http://vanquishoncology.com/

Vanquish Oncology

Vanquish Oncology Inc. is an exciting new drug development company focused on targeting unexploited molecular defects in cancer cells to create first in class, personalized therapeutics for unmet or underserved cancer markets.

NexHand

NexHand

NexHand is focused on developing highly innovative medical devices to improve the diagnosis and the surgical procedure to more safely and effectively treat patients suffering from stress urinary incontinence (SUI). NexHand's novel technologies address the unmet needs of patients and physicians during SUI diagnosis and during surgery using quantifiable metrics to determine condition severity and proper tension of urethral slings. NexHand is based in Chicago, Illinois.

Catylix

http://www.catylix.com

Catylix

Catylix, Inc. is working to develop better methods for producing biologically-active compounds with improved pharmacokinetic properties for medicinal, veterinary and agrochemical applications.

Cell Habitats

http://cellhabitats.com

Cell Habitats

Cell Habitats, Inc. is redefining the field of tissue regeneration by harnessing the body’s own endogenous stem cells to restore normal function to damaged or diseased tissue. This innovation could be a medical breakthrough in the treatment of heart muscle injury and may serve as a platform for the regeneration of other tissues such as bone, muscle, and nerve tissues.

GlucoSentient

http://glucosentient.com

GlucoSentient

GlucoSentient, Inc. is focused on the development of an accurate, convenient yet affordable therapeutic drug monitor for people receiving immunosuppressant medications to avoid organ rejection. While this is the initial target market, there are many therapeutic drug monitoring applications for the company’s technology.

Immune Cell Therapy

http://immcellther.com

Immune Cell Therapy

Immune Cell Therapy, Inc. is a development stage biotechnology company founded in 2003 to develop patient specific vaccines to prevent metastases or recurrence of cancer.

NantKwest

http://nantkwest.com

NantKwest

NantKwest (Nasdaq: NK), is a pioneering, next generation, clinical-stage immunotherapy company focused on harnessing the unique power of our immune system using natural killer (NK) cells to treat cancer, infectious diseases and inflammatory diseases. NK cells are the body’s first line of defense due to the innate ability of NK cells to rapidly identify and destroy cells under stress, such as cancer or virally-infected cells.
NantKwest’s unique NK cell based platform, with the capacity to grow active killer cells as a biological cancer therapy, has been designed to induce cell death against cancer or infected cells by three different modes of action:
(1) Direct killing using activated NK cells (aNK) that release toxic granules directly into the cell through cell to cell contact,
(2) Antibody-mediated killing using haNKs, which are NK cells engineered to incorporate a high affinity receptor that binds to an administered antibody, enhancing the cancer cell killing effect of that antibody, and
(3) Targeted activated killing using taNKs, which are NK cells engineered to incorporate chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) to target tumor-specific antigens found on the surface of cancer cells
Our aNK, haNK and taNK platform addresses certain limitations of T cell therapies including the reduction of risk of serious “cytokine storms”‎ reported after T cell therapy. As an “off-the-shelf” therapy, NantKwest’s NK cells do not rely on a patient’s own often compromised immune system. In Phase 1 clinical trials in patients with late stage cancer, Nantkwest’s NK cells has been successfully administered as an outpatient infusion therapy without any reported severe side effects, even at doses of 10 billion cells.
By leveraging an integrated and extensive genomics and transcriptomics discovery and development engine, together with a pipeline of multiple, clinical-stage, immuno-oncology programs that include a phase 2 trial for a rare form of melanoma and the planned initiation of a clinical trial of NK cells targeted to breast cancer, we believe NantKwest is uniquely positioned to be the premier immunotherapy company and transform medicine by delivering living drugs in a bag and bringing novel NK cell-based therapies to routine clinical care.

RespireRX

http://respirerx.com

RespireRX

RespireRX Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is engaged in the discovery and development of pharmaceuticals for the treatment of breathing disorders, including respiratory depression and sleep apnea.

Senex Biotechnology

http://senexbio.com/

Senex Biotechnology

Senex Biotechnology is a drug discovery and development company focused on oncology therapeutics. Senex was founded by Dr. Igor Roninson, based on the discovery in his academic laboratory of a novel biological pathway involved in cancer and other aging-associated diseases. Senex has discovered small molecules that inhibit this pathway, identified their pertinent molecular targets, and developed selective inhibitors of these novel targets. Function based genomic screening enabled the identification of additional new targets that are required by tumor cells but not by normal tissues. Leads against three of Senex’s targets are under development; the most advanced lead is anticipated to enter clinical trials within a year.

PharmaIN

http://pharmain.com/

PharmaIN

PharmaIN is an injectable drug delivery company. Itsproprietary nanocarrier technology, Protected Graft Copolymer (PGC), is comprised of a family of related technologies designed to formulate various types of drug payloads. The technology is broadly applicable, with significant advantages in formulating peptides and small proteins. PGC does not bind the drug covalently, using a high affinity interaction to increase half-life and preferentially accumulate in areas of enhanced vascular permeability, such as infection, solid tumors, and inflammation. PGC was initially developed at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and has been expanded by PharmaIN to include over 15 families of issued and pending patents. They are funded by NIH awards of over $6M for the development of several peptides and proteins (biologics), and by angel investments.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

Semprius

http://semprius.com/

Semprius

Semprius is the smart way to generate solar electricity. Based upon the world’s smallest solar cells, Semprius designs and manufactures the highest efficiency solar modules in the world. Using patented cell technology and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes, Semprius is leading the way to cost-competitive, sustainable generation of solar electricity. Semprius’ headquarters and production facilities are located in North Carolina.

Advanced Diamond Technologies

http://www.thindiamond.com/

Advanced Diamond Technologies

Advanced Diamond Technology, Inc. is a leader in developing and applying diamond films for electronic, mechanical, industrial, and biomedical applications, and offers several families of high-performance products that exploit the characteristics of UNCD® (ultrananocrystalline diamond) technology.

ANDalyze

http://andalyze.com

ANDalyze

ANDalyze, Inc. develops and sells products for real-time water sensing using DNA technology.

Autonomic Materials

http://autonomicmaterials.com

Autonomic Materials

Autonomic Materials, Inc. develops and commercializes breakthrough low-cost, self-healing polymer additives for

high performance coatings and structural composites.

Eden Park Illumination

http://edenpark.com

Eden Park Illumination

Eden Park Illumination, Inc. has developed and commercialized a new, differentiated, specialty lighting platform based on microplasma technology.

Serionix

http://www.serionix.com/

Serionix

Serionix is commercializing disruptive, high-performance, fibrous adsorbents capable of rapid and efficient removal of toxic and odorous chemicals from air. We have acquired a deep level of expertise in product design and evaluation, and provide services including filter failure analysis, engineering design of adsorbents, prototyping and gas testing.

Serionix’s proprietary technology originated from work performed in Prof. James Economy’s labs in the Material Science and Engineering program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A member of the National Academy of Engineering and fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Economy has over 30 years of experience in commercializing material technologies, including 6 currently marketed products.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Amber Agriculture

http://www.amber.ag/

Amber Agriculture

Amber Agriculture is an agtech company focused on introducing precision and automation throughout postharvest processes. Their initial technology utilizes a system of sensors that monitors the internal conditions of the bin & grain, alongside the external weather environment. The sensors turn the fans on and off in the bins as needed, thus automating the grain storage and drying process.

Amber Agriculture is a student run startup from the University of Illinois of Urbana-Champaign. They were the winners of the Cozad New Venture Competition and the IllinoisVENTURES Prize in 2016.

RECONSTRUCT

http://reconstructinc.com/

RECONSTRUCT

Reconstruct provides a visual production management platform for construction projects. Using images captured with drones or ground cameras, integrated with building information models, it provides project teams with easy and quick access to actionable construction performance analytics with an online interface that is accessible through commodity smartphones and tablets. The platform detects and communicate performance problems and offers insight on potential delays so that project teams can prevent delays before they surface on jobsites.

Persio

http://www.pers.io/

Persio

Persio’s multi-channel marketing and decisioning platform puts the power of personalization into marketers’ hands. Built to meet the needs of retailers, Persio works with marketers’ existing data sources, technology solutions, deployment channels and identity resolution services to establish a unified customer record so that marketers can deploy data-driven and personalized campaigns across web, email, SMS, mobile apps and other sales channels. Persio empowers marketers to deliver relevant offers to customers at their most responsive point.

ShareThis

http://www.sharethis.com/

ShareThis

ShareThis is a social data platform with real-time processing at its core. A pioneer in the industry, ShareThis believes the desire to share is rooted deep within human beings, reflecting passions, wants, and lifestyles that are constantly fluctuating throughout the day, week, and month. By identifying these human sentiments, ShareThis gains a better understanding of people, thus empowering a more personal and relevant internet experience. Due to the dynamic nature of humans, ShareThis recognizes the value of real time for publishers, advertisers, or any data-driven business and has built a social data platform designed to process actual first-party data in actual real time. The ShareThis consumer engagement and sharing tools are used by over 4.5 million domains to drive engagement, traffic, and personalization, capturing the widest and deepest sentiments of people across the internet. These sentiments flow into the ShareThis platform as terabytes of data that are processed daily to better understand people, making social data actionable for any business that requires a holistic view of people or customers.

Rithmio

http://www.rithmio.com/

Rithmio

Rithmio is a wearables company that creates motion recognition software. Consumer electronics companies and global fitness brands leverage Rithmio's software to make the next generation of wearables and connected clothing. Headquartered in Chicago, IL, Rithmio is  spun out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014.

Oso Technologies

https://myplantlink.com/

Oso Technologies

Founded in 2013 in Urbana, IL, Oso Technologies is the maker of PlantLink, a connected, wireless soil monitoring system for use indoors and out by gardeners and landscapers. PlantLink was a 2013 top Kickstarter project, a 2015 Fund Conference Finalist and is currently an Edison Award Nominee.

Revenew

http://www.revenew.com/

Revenew

Revenew is the leading through-channel marketing automation (TCMA) platform that brings control, transparency and a holistic view to channel marketing. With Revenew, enterprise brands are able to market to, through and for their channel partners at scale.

Personify

http://www.personify.com/

Personify

Personify brings you a completely new video experience by removing your background and immersing you right into your desktop, like a real-time green screen. Personify transports you to a shared virtual space where you can interact with friends, family and colleagues like you're sitting across the table from them. Experience digital content together or record, edit and share your own immersive video content with others.

Agrible

http://www.agrible.com/

Agrible

Agrible's focus is to provide innovative, easy-to-use products that farmers and companies can use to improve their production. We create predictive analytics tools that deliver field-specific data and forecasts to help with decision-making on the farm. Current customers include independent growers, software developers, soil test laboratories, crop consultants, insurance agencies, commodities companies, traders, and major ag chemical companies developing seed technologies and new production methods.

Agrible formed in 2012 as a merger between Spatial Rainfall Consulting, Inc. (formed in 2007) and a group of scientist-investors independently providing ag data to growers and traders since 1997. They include a talented computer programmers, business people, and sales team working with a group of PhD’s in Agricultural Engineering, Soil Physics, Atmospheric Science, and Agronomy. A perfect company to have on your side when you are up against tough odds and Mother Nature.

PrintEco

http://www.serionix.com/

PrintEco

Frustrated by the waste of paper, time and resources, PrintEco is contributing to a more sustainable business environment using proprietary algorithms that are easy to use and produce immediate results.

They have been recognized by Microsoft as a start-up in their BizSpark program. Microsoft BizSpark is a global program that helps software startups succeed by giving them access to Microsoft software development tools, connecting them with key industry players, including investors, and providing marketing visibility

OTHER

Petronics

http://www.petronics.io/

Petronics

Petronics is building the future of personal robotics and AI that interacts with real intelligence. Their first product, Mousr, is designed to play automated games of hide and seek with house cats.

Tiesta Tea

http://tiestatea.com/

Tiesta Tea

Tiesta Tea focuses on providing the highest quality functional loose-leaf teas in the world. Tiesta Tea can be found nationwide in specialty, natural and conventional grocery stores along with hundreds of cafes that serve our product.

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Infochimps

http://www.infochimps.com/

Infochimps

Infochimps was founded by data scientists, cloud computing, and open source experts. Their solutions make it faster, easier and far less complex to build and manage Big Data systems behind applications to quickly deliver actionable insights. With Infochimps Cloud, enterprises benefit from the fastest way to deploy Big Data applications in complex, hybrid cloud environments.

Local Offer

http://www.localoffernetwork.com/

Local Offer

Clearstream.TV

http://clearstream.tv/

Clearstream.TV

Clearstream.TV, Inc. has a goal is to equip advertisers with a well-rounded look at the video content they purchase by going beyond page level and metadata and journeying into the actual video stream. Using a combination of object and audio detection, ground-breaking viewability technology, and comprehensive content and audience targeting capabilities, the company provides brands with a TV-like buying experience in a progressive, digital world.

TetraVitae Bioscience

TetraVitae Bioscience

Juhl Energy Inc.

http://juhlenergy.com

Juhl Energy Inc.

iCyt Mission Technology

http://www.sharethis.com/

iCyt Mission Technology

iCyt Mission Technology offers a comprehensive line of flow cytometry products, lab productivity software, and novel reagent solutions. A leading innovator in the industry. iCyt, received the Frost & Sullivan Emerging Technology Award, the Milestone Award, and the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, in recognition of their contribution to technological development. Behind every iCyt product is a team of experienced professionals who are dedicated to designing, manufacturing, and supporting the highest quality products and most productive solutions for their customers.

In February 2010, iCyt was acquired by Sony Corporation (Sony). As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America (SCA), to leverage Sony's global resources to continue to develop and deliver innovative solutions to the cell analysis market. By combining Sony's engineering and manufacturing expertise with the technological assets of iCyt, the acquisition accelerated iCyt's development of next-generation cell analysis systems, culminating in the release of the SY3200 analyzer and EC800 Sorter.

In 2012, iCyt changed its name to Sony Biotechnology Inc. to demonstrate the company's progress towards a technology driven business that transcends the boundaries of traditional flow cytometry and brings thoughtful innovation which dramatically improves the way research and science works. Through the application of Sony's core optic and data transmission technologies, Sony Biotechnology Inc. is positioned to introduce unique advances in flow cytometry, and realize plans for delivering innovative products to research and clinical laboratories around the world.