Current Ventures

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New ventures formed around research discoveries and through the Innovation & Entrepreneurship program at UO regularly win awards and recognition for being pioneers in their industry. The majority of these startups and spinout companies remain headquartered in Oregon, where their presence supports local economic development while maintaining the state's role as a leader in emerging industries.

Learn more about employment and revenue numbers for UO-affiliated startups and spinout companies.

Avant Assessment, LLC (2002) designs, develops and provides web-based language testing software for clients around the world. Avant was formed by Dr. Carl Falsgraf, director of UO's Center for Applied Second Language Studies, and the company works closely with CASLS as a research partner.
Cascade ProDrug, Inc. (2009) is a drug discovery company developing targeted therapeutics against hyperproliferative diseases. The platform technology, acquired from UO and based on the research of retired UO professor John Keana (Chemistry), enables the company to reformulate existing chemotherapy agents with the potential to make them safer and more effective in treating solid tumors.
Crystal Clear Technologies, Inc. (2004) has a mission to bring to market a low cost water purifier that removes both biological and chemical contaminants from water, at a cost affordable to the majority of the world’s population. CCT works in collaboration with University of Oregon professor Darren Johnson (Chemistry) to develop new water purification materials, and licenses the work from the University of Oregon.
Dune Sciences, Inc. (2007) offers platform technologies for research at the nanoscale, including a novel tool for aiding analysis of structural, chemical, and functional characteristics via electron microscopy. Dune's work is based on green nanoscience technology developed in UO Professor Jim Hutchison’s lab. Dune also provides materials and methods for the self-assembly of nanomaterials onto diverse substrates with nanoscale resolution.
EdImagine (2010) provides college and career readiness consultation services to educational institutions, non-profits, research organizations, and government agencies. EdImagine (formerly CCR Consulting Group) was founded by David Conley, a UO professor and Director of the Center for Educational Policy Research.
Electrical Geodesics, Inc. (EGI) (1992) has both research and clinical divisions to develop, manufacture, and distribute new brain wave analysis systems. EGI products are widely used in human neuroscience research laboratories around the world, addressing topics such as the mechanisms of visual attention, the abnormal frontal lobe development in autism, and brain activity during normal sleep. EGI was founded by University of Oregon professor Don Tucker (Psychology). 
The Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC) (2002) conducts research and analysis directed at changing and improving educational policy and practices, with the goal of increasing student success and college and career readiness. EPIC's work involves highly developed standards-referenced methods, and is a spin-out of the research activities of Dr. David Conley and the Center for Educational Policy Research at the University of Oregon.
Eugene Software Solutions, LLC (2003) distributes GradWebTM, a software program which facilitates graduate school business practices by providing a platform for interaction between departments, students, faculty, and the school. GradWeb was developed at the University of Oregon by Toby Deemer, former Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, and UO alum Asif Suria. 
Floragenex, Inc. (2005) uses an innovative molecular biology technique in next-generation DNA sequencing and bioinformatic analysis tools to provide genetic research services for clients in agriculture, human health and basic research.  Floragenex was founded through the Technology Entrepreneurship Program by University of Oregon professor Eric Johnson (Molecular Biology) and UO alum Nathan Lillegard.

 

 

 

HopSkip Technologies develops mobile solutions that are multi-platform and support a variety of applications.

 

Insignia Health, LLC (2006) provides the Patient Activation MeasureTM (PAMTM), a self-assessment tool that evaluates patients' emotional dispositions, attitudes toward health care, self-management abilities, and use of health care.  Insights from PAMTM allow caregivers and healthcare organizations to tailor support and allocate resources to effectively engage and activate the consumers they support. PAMTM was developed by Professor Judith Hibbard (Health Policy) and colleagues at the University of Oregon.
mAbDx, Inc., is an immunodiagnostics company specializing in creating novel immunodiagnostics through biomarker discovery and immunoassay development. mAbDx is developing effective diagnostics for diseases characterized by the common features of great clinical urgency and unmet diagnostic needs. The firm was the first company in the new Lewis Integrative Science Building’s designated corporate research and development space.
MitoSciences, Inc. (2004) was founded by University of Oregon professors Roderick Capaldi and Michael Marusich to advance understanding of the role of mitochondria (structures responsible for energy production in cells) in human diseases. MitoSciences is the leading developer of anti-mitochondrial antibodies, mitochondrial assays, and products and services for mitochondrial toxicity screening. 

NemaMetrix's flagship technology, ScreenChip, enables real-time discovery of pharmaceutical compounds and at the same time provides insight into their mechanisms of action and toxicity.  The ScreenChip platform does this by measuring the minute electrical signals in a C. elegans worm using microfluidics and micro detectors.  The NemaMetrix technology is helping to advance drug research and is paving the way for novel theraputic breakthroughs.  Early adopters are currently using the NemaMetrix technology as a platform for investigations into Alzheimer's disease, anit-aging, and ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). 

OregonPDF in Health & Performance cooperates with colleges and universities throughout the world to make available a collection of graduate dissertations and theses in areas related to health and performance with a focus on physical activity. Academic areas of interest include biochemistry, biomechanics, dance, exercise physiology, history or philosophy of physical education, kinesiology, motor control, obesity, recreation, sports marketing, sports medicine, sports pedagogy, sports psychology, and tests and measurements. The collection, which came to be known as Kinesiology Publications, began in 1948 in the Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon. It has developed continuously since its inception and now contains more than 10,000 dissertations and theses, with over 200 new additions each year. 
On Time Systems, Inc. (1998) a Eugene based company founded by former UO Professor Matt Ginsberg during his tenure as director of the Computational Intelligence Research Laboratory, provides software for optimization of complex industrial problems.
ParaTools, Inc. (2004) provides consulting and training in parallel and distributed computing and performance evaluation tools, most notable of which is the Tau Performance System®. Company founders and University of Oregon professors Allen Malony and Sameer Shende (Neuroinformatics Lab) developed the tool at UO.
Perpetua Power Source Technologies, Inc.(2005) designs, manufactures and markets renewable energy solutions for wireless sensors. They focus upon offering cost effective and easy-to-integrate power products that last as long as the sensor electronics they power.  Perpetua was founded by University of Oregon MBA alum R. Jon Hofmeister as a result of the UO's Technology Entrepreneurship Program (TEP) and currently licenses some of Professor David Johnson's (Chemistry) thermoelectric materials and corresponding patents.
Personal Technologies, LLC (2005) develops and provides computer-based assistive products for persons with cognitive disabilities. Personal Technologies' products include CogLink, a simple email program and TREK, a reminder system delivered via television.  Personal Technologies was founded by University of Oregon professors Steve Fickas (Computer Science) and McKay Sohlberg (Communications Disorders and Sciences).

 

 

 

Phylagen combines bioinformatic analytics with scalable, high performance computing to determine and interpret complex genetic signatures and provide a powerful new decision-making tool for businesses.

 

 

 

 

RWCollins Publishing (2015) is an emerging niche publisher located in Drain, Oregon.

 

 

SNPSaurus (2013) provides genotyping-by-sequencing services using nextRAD, a flexible and powerful way to obtain unbiased genotype data on samples of interest.
  Steiner Locus provides historically accurate maps for the education and research communities, as well as for edutainment.
  Sun Mathematics (2013) creates opportunities for learning. Founded by UO graduate student Michael Sun, the company provides test performance analysis, study strategies, fundamental math techniques and other tools.
SupraSensor Technologies is focused on precision agriculture. The company has developed a nitrate sensing soil probe designed to maximize agricultural productivity, optimize fertilizer usage and minimize environmental impacts. Entrepreneurial lead Calden Carroll and University of Oregon chemistry professors Darren Johnson and Michael Haley head up the research team, which recently received the top prize at a National Science Foundation-funded program designed to bring innovation out of the lab and into the private sector. 
Thought Cycle is an educational video game and software developer founded by experienced designers, engineers, artists and business professionals and partnered with leading researchers. The company is focused on building products that improve education outcomes and encourage student success. Thought Cycle creates high quality, engaging learning experiences through the integration of gaming and education expertise, cutting edge technology and rigorous academic research. NumberShire, Thought Cycle's premier title, teaches critical math concepts to kindergarten through second grade students, especially those at risk for mathematics difficulties, through a unique narrative approach featuring endearing characters, fun mini-games and rewards.