TECH cocktail Champaign-Urbana Preview

September 25, 2008

5:08 pm

TECH cocktail Champaign Urbana

We are excited to be bringing TECH cocktail down to the heartland today as we host our first Big Ten Conference campus-style event near the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana campus and research park. With the support of the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation and Fox/Atkins Development, LLC we are pleased to be hosting TECH cocktail Champaign tonight from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. CST. More information about the Champaign-Urbana TECH cocktail event.

The event will show off six local Champaign-Urbana startups which will be demoing in an expo-style at the event. The six startups demoing include:

Autonomic Materials Inc. (AMI) – a business of commercializing disruptive scientific discoveries relating to self-healing polymers, representing the scientific team at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that has created a fundamental scientific discovery in material sciences that will revolutionize the way many materials across a diverse cross section of industries exist today. Initially, the company will focus its commercial development efforts on self-healing polymer coatings for anticorrosion applications. 

Cazoodle – a startup company from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), provides software and internet services for Web search, integration, and mining, with a central objective to “deepen” search on the Web–to access the vast amount of data beyond the reach of current search engines.

ISS – the overall goal of ISS is the commercialization of the instrument for clinical applications, specifically in Cardiovascular/Cerebrovascular and Sleep Medicine. After obtaining the ISO 9001:2000 certification on September 1, 2005, ISS is preparing the documentation for the submission of a 510(k) pre-market notification with the FDA for the approval of OxiplexTS.  An ongoing multi center clinical trial in Sleep Medicine (Carle Foundation-Urbana, IL; UI-Chicago; UC-Irvine; U-Stanford) is aiming towards this goal.

Network Geographics – creating tools to simplify and automate the analysis of changes to an enterprises security stance. We envision that such tools will be useful as part of the standard operating procedure for enterprise IT members. We also anticipate such tools will be useful to people auditing the security stance of a customer’s installation. Thiswhite paper provides an overview of our tool capabilities as they pertain to the enterprise IT environment. 

NPL Associates, Inc. – solving tomorrow’s energy problems NPL pioneered the NaBH4/H2O2 fuel cell technology in the United States.  NPL Associates, under a DARPA SBIR contract, has demonstrated for the first time the feasibility and excellent performance of peroxide-based fuel cells. NPL has thereafter been awarded a DARPA Phase-II grant to continue on the regenerative version of this technology.

Snap and Buy – an intuitive and social mobile service that enables users to receive immediate access to price-comparison, reviews and other product information simply by taking a picture of the barcode of a product using their cell phone. No software downloads are required. Additionally, Snap and Buy will instantly poll the users’ Facebook friends to get their opinion on “Should I Buy?

Special thanks to Tony Millenbine for helping to organize our first Big Ten-style TECH cocktail event. And don’t forget to join the TECH cocktail COMMUNITY at:

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