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Tech Transfer + Startups

Electrical and computer engineers are leaders in moving their research from the lab to the marketplace. Explore some of the recent companies started by faculty and students here at Michigan.

ACCUPHOTONICS (acquired): Fiber-optic probes for biomedical imaging

Acquired By:Acquired by Seaflower Ventures in 1997

ACCURI CYTOMETERS (acquired): Low-cost, high-performance cell analysis systems

Founded:2005
Founders:Collin Rich (MSE PhD EE ’97 ’00), Jennifer Baird
Location:Ann Arbor, MI
St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, England
Acquired By:BD Mar 18, 2011 

Accuri Cytometers, Inc. was founded to address a compelling need: life scientists love the rapid cell-by-cell analysis capability of flow cytometers, but too few have a flow cytometer in their lab. The barriers for most researchers include cost of the instrument, complexity of the software, effort required for maintenance, and the large amount of bench space required for the instrument. 

Electronics, cell biology, micro-fluids and engineering come together in this rapidly expanding high-tech start-up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which sells its products worldwide.

ADVANCED FIBER SENSORS: Fiber-sensor technologies for practical test and measurement solutions

Founded:2010
Founders:Prof. John F. Whitaker, Kyoung Yang (PhD EE ’01)
Location:Ann Arbor, MI
Website:fiber-sensors.com

AMBIQ MICRO: Ultra-low power semiconductor solutions

Founded:2010
Founders:Scott Hanson (BSE MSE PhD EE ’04 ’06 ’09), Prof. David Blaauw
Prof. Dennis Sylvester
Location:Austin, TX
Website:ambiqmicro.com

ARBORLIGHT: Advanced lighting systems and components

Founded:2010
Founders:Prof. P.C. Ku and Prof. Max Shtein (MSE)
Location:1600 Huron Parkway Ann Arbor, MI 48109

ARBOR PHOTONICS (acquired): Compact, high-power fiber lasers for industrial and life science applications

Founded:2007
Founders:Prof. Almantas Galvanauskas, Michelle Stock (BSE MSE PhD EE ’88 ’90 ’94), Phillip Amaya
Location:Ann Arbor, MI
Acquired by:nLIGHT, January 2013

CELESTE OPTICS: Fiber telecommunications

CHEETAH OMNI: Optical switching and routing

Founded:2002
Founder:Prof. Mohammed Islam
Location:Ann Arbor, MI

CLARK-MXR: Ultrafast laser systems

Founded:1992
Founders:Bill Clark, Philippe Bado (former CUOS investigator)
Info:Technology also developed by Peter Pronko and Prof. Gerard Mourou.  Clark-MXR was a merging of the companies Medox Research (MXR) and Clark Instrumentation, Inc.
Location:Dexter, MI
Website:cmxr.com

CROSSBAR, INC.: Resistive Random Access Memory (ReRAM)

Founded:2010
Founder:Prof. Wei Lu
Location:Santa Clara, CA
Website:crossbar-inc.com

CUBEWORKS, INC.: Millimeter-scale modular sensing platform for wireless sensing applications

Founded:2013
Co-Founders:Zhiyoong Foo, Gyouho Kim, Yoonmyung Lee, Prof. David BlaauwProf. David WentzloffProf. Dennis Sylvester, Prabal Dutta
Location:Ann Arbor, MI

CYCLOS SEMICONDUCTOR: Ultra-low power semiconductor chips

Founded:2004
Founders:Marios Papaefthymiou, Alexander Ishii
Location:Berkeley, CA
Website:cyclos-semi.com

ELECTRODYNAMIC APPLICATIONS: Spacecraft systems, plasma systems, and electromagnetic interactions

Founded:1999
Founders:Professors Alec Gallimore and Brian Gilchrist
Location:Ann Arbor, MI
Website:edapplications.com

EMAG TECHNOLOGIES: RF design solutions and services

Founded:1994
Founders:Dr. Kazem Sabet, Prof. Linda Katehi, Prof. Kamal Sarabandi
Location:Ann Arbor, MI
Website:emagtech.com

ePACK: Advanced water scale packaging for MEMS devices

Founded:2008
Founders:Prof. Khalil NajafiJoe Giachino, Jay Mitchell
Location:Ann Arbor, MI
Website:epackglobal.com

EVERACTIVE: Ultra-Low-Power Wireless Sensor Platforms

Founded:2012
Founders:Prof. David Wentzloff (Michigan) and Dr. Benton Calhoun (U. Virginia)
Product/Service:Ultra-Low-Power Wireless Sensor Platforms 
Location:313 2nd Street SE, Suite #207 Charlottesville, Virginia
Website:Everactive

EVIGIA SYSTEMS: Integrated Active RFID Sensors, Transponders, Tags and Readers

Founded:2004
Founder:Navid Yazdi (PhD EE ’99)
Location:Ann Arbor, MI
Website:evigia.com

GLOBAL PHOTONIC ENERGY CORPORATION: Renewable energy and technology development

Founded:1992
Founder:Prof. Stephen Forrest
Location:Medford Lakes, NJ
Website:globalphotonic.com

Graphene Vision LLC: Graphene light detectors

Founded:2014
Founders: Prof. Ted Norris, Prof. Zhaohui Zhong

INTRALASE (acquired): Precision eye surgery known as “IntraLasik” or “Bladeless Lasik”

Founded:1997
Founders:Ron Kurtz, Tibor Juhasz
Acquired By:Advanced Medical Optics, Inc. Mar 2007
Advanced Medical Optics was acquired by Abbott Laboratories in February 2009
Abbott Medical Optics Inc. became Abbott’s eye care unit

MEMStim: MEMS electrode leads for medical device

Founded:2011
Founder:Angelique Johnson, Christopher Cadotte, Andrew Smith, Prof. Kensall Wise
Location:Ann Arbor, MI

MOBIUS MICROSYSTEMS (acquired): Semiconductor technology focused on mixed-signal integration

Founded:2002
Founders:Michael McCorquodale (MSE PhD EE ’00 ’04), Richard Brown
Acquired By:Integrated Device Technology (IDT) Jan 14, 2010

NEURONEXUS TECHNOLOGIES (acquired): Implantable, microscale neural probes

Founded:2004
Founders:Prof. David Anderson (ECE), Professor Daryl Kipke (Biomedical Engineering; BSE Engin Sci ’85; MS Bioeng ’86; MSE EE:S ’88; PhD Bioeng ’91), Jamie Hetke
Location:Ann Arbor, MI
Greatbatch Inc. Feb. 2012
Website:neuronexustech.com

OMNI SCIENCES: Applications of lasers for tissue ablation and infrared counter measures

Founded:2004
Founder:Prof. Mohammed Islam
Location:Ann Arbor, MI
Website:omnisciinc.com

OPTEOS (acquired): Electro-optic and magneto-optic sensing technologies

Founded:2002
Founders:Prof. John F. Whitaker, Kyoung Yang (PhD EE ’01)
Acquired by:EMAG Technologies, Inc.

PHOTONAFFINITY, LLC: Medical instruments

Founded:2009
Co-Founder:Prof. Ted Norris, James Baker, Dr. Jing Yong Ye
Location:Ann Arbor, MI

PICOCAL: Novel nanoscale measurement solutions

Founded:2003
Founder:Prof. Yogesh Gianchandani
Product/Service:Novel nanoscale measurement solutions
Location:Ann Arbor, MI

PICOMETRIX (acquired): High-speed optical sensing devices

Founded:1992
Founder:Rob Risser, Steven Williamson (Research Scientist with CUOS, 1988-1993)
Product/Service:High-speed optical sensing devices
Location:Ann Arbor, MI
Acquired By:Advanced Photonix, Inc. Mar 9, 2005

QUADMETRICS, INC.: Management and quantification of enterprise cybersecurity

Founded:2014
Founders:Prof. Mingyan Liu, Wesley Huffstutter, Manish Karir, Brad Robertson
Product/Service:Predictive cybersecurity RRisk
Location:Ann Arbor, MI
Website:quadmetrics.com

QUANTUM SIGNAL: State-of-the-art intelligence sensing and data analysis techniques

Founded:2000
Founders:Prof. William J. Williams, Mitchell M. Rohde (BSE EE ’94; MSE EE:S ’96; MS PhD Biomed Eng ’97 ’00)
Product/Service:Advanced technologies for Mobile Robotics and Autonomous Vehicles
Location:Saline, MI
Acquired by:Ford Autonomous Vehicles in 2019
Website:quantumsignal.com

RadioMEMS:Wafer-level-encapsulated integrated MEMS bandpass filters on silicon

Founders:Prof. Mina Rais-Zadeh and alumnus Dr. Farrokh Ayazi

SENSICORE (acquired): Advancing water testing technology

Founded:2000
Founders:Richard Brown, Rob Hower (BSE MSE PhD EE ’89 ’92 ’05)
Product/Service:Advancing water testing technology
Location:Ann Arbor, MI
Acquired By:GE, Water & Process Technologies Division Apr 1, 2008

SENSORS UNLIMITED (acquired): In GaAs technology, products, and shortwave IR imaging solutions

Founded:1991
Founders:Prof. Stephen Forrest, Greg Olsen
Product/Service:InGaAs technology, products, and shortwave IR imaging solutions
Location:Princeton, NJ
Acquired By:Goodrich Corporation, Optical and Space Systems Division Nov. 1, 2005

SONETICS ULTRASOUND: Handheld real-time 3D imaging for medical applications

Founded:2003
Founder:Collin Rich (MSE PhD EE ’97 ’00), Jennifer Baird
Product/Service:Handheld real-time 3D imaging for medical applications
Location:Ann Arbor, MI

SPIDER 9: Energy storage solutions that deliver lower cost, longer life and improved reliability

Founded:2012
Founder:Prof. Kang Shin
Acquired By:Pathion, Inc. in November, 2015

STRYD: Wearable devices for runners

Founded:2014
Co-Founder:Prof. Robert Dick
Product/Service:Wearable devices for runners
Location:Boulder, CO
Website:stryd.com

TRANSLUME: Glass machining and micromachining

Founded:2001
Founders:Philippe Bado, Ali Said, Mark Dugan
Product/Service:Glass machining and micromachining
Location:Ann Arbor, MI
Website:translume.com

UNIVERSAL DISPLAY CORPORATION: OLED technology for use in flat panel displays, lighting and organic electronics

Founded:1994
Founder:Prof. Stephen Forrest, Sherwin Seligsohn
Location:Ewing, NJ
Website:oled.com

VIRTA LABS: Solutions to measure and visualize exposure to cybersecurity risks for healthcare delivery organizations

Founders:Prof. Kevin Fu and Ben Ransford
Website:Virta Labs

Voxel51, Inc: AI for video

Founded:2016
Founders:Prof. Jason Corso and Dr. Brian Moore
Location:Ann Arbor, MI
Website:https://voxel51.com

XTERA COMMUNICATIONS: Fiber optic transmission equipment

Founded:1998
Founder:Prof. Mohammed Islam
Product/Service:Fiber optic transmission equipment
Location:Allen, TX
Website:xtera.com