We have helped 1,200 graduate students, postdocs and faculty
researchers explore the commercial applications of their ideas
and connect them with industry careers and business
Our alumni have launched more than 50 companies in areas ranging
from medical diagnostics to solar power to biodegrable plastics.
Institute-affiliated startups have raised more than $90 million
Institute alumni come from universities around the globe and from
a variety of disciplines in science and engineering.
Below is a sample of current ventures.
Diagnostics (AMD) is developing the PlatinDx assay,
which provides direct measurement of in vivo tumor responses to a
microdose (~1/100th the therapeutic dose) of platinum-based
chemotherapy agents such as carboplatin and oxaliplatin, allowing
selection of the correct therapy for each patient thus saving
suffering and costs on unneeded therapy.
modular robots provide the flexibility required for advanced
research in the field of robotics, mechatronics and machine
Center provides top-quality educational services,
including personalized tutoring and SAT prep, for students in
innovative problem solving for biotechnology, chemistry, and the
provides water efficient irrigation solutions for small-plot
farmers in developing nations.
Vending is a 2012 Big Bang! winner. The retail,
equipment leasing and product wholesale distribution company that
sells eco-friendly items and healthy, all-natural/organic snacks
for children 0-5 years old through vending machines, ecommerce,
and business to business wholesale.
is a medical device company founded to develop and bring to
market innovative diagnostics to quantify and characterize the
hemostatic potential of whole blood.
is an innovative plant-based manufacturing platform for fast,
high-volume, and cost-efficient production of high-value
recombinant proteins, such as vaccines and biosimilars.
Consulting provides customized marketing strategies
and services that deliver value through accelerated market
adoption of medical device products.
Materials produces biodegradable plastics from waste
biogas (methane) that are economically competitive with
conventional oil-based plastics.
biorefinery processes convert carbon found in organic wastewater
in to degradable and recyclable bioplastics that can be used in
place of harmful petrochemical based plastics.
personalized nutrition, to help clients optimize their health and
Optorobotix designs and
develops world leading optical trapping and characterization
technology for industry and research.
VinPerfect offers a
high-performance screw cap closure with a liner that allows
winemakers to specify how much oxygen enters a wine bottle over
time and, therefore, how their wine ages. Big Bang! Business
Plan Competition winner.