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Over the last hundred years of oil extraction, not much has changed in rod-pumping technology. RodMax Oil & Gas, a company based out of Lindon, Utah and founded in 2014, is changing all that by modernizing and optimizing the Central Powers method of pumping. The company, in partnership with researchers at Brigham Young University, has added innovative autonomous control technology to rod-pumping surface units. In addition to learning and adjusting based on each pump, RodMax surface units are also easier and safer to install. Overall, the company’s technologies are lowering cost and increasing efficiency in the oil industry. In 2017, USTAR awarded supported the project by awarding RodMax Oil & Gas funding through the competitive Technology Acceleration Program. The grant enabled them to build a field beta surface unit, fully tested on their well simulator, then installed on an actual rod-pumped-well site for third party verification.

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In January 2017, USTAR awarded TAP funding to a West Jordan based startup company that is 3D printing lightweight, high quality, metal antennas for aerospace applications. Optisys was formed in the summer of 2016, but their team has over 60 years’ experience between them. Their innovative antenna designs are crafted using the most modern manufacturing methods and meet rigid Mil-spec requirements. The approach shortens lead times, closes variability between systems and improves efficiency. In an industry where weight and space is a limited commodity, Optisys is changing the game.

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Freedom to explore and live an active lifestyle is an important part of a child’s development. However, especially in busy public areas, it also poses the threat of a child wandering too far and becoming lost. KiLife Tech, a startup company out of Orem, Utah, is developing a solution to that problem. The Kiband is a wearable device that reports proximity information back to a smartphone and alerts both the wearer and caregiver if the set distance threshold is exceeded. The company has developed and integrated advanced positioning and location technology into the device. In 2016, KiLife was introduced to two San Francisco-based accelerators through USTAR’s Robotics and Internet of Things (RIoT) group. The programs were integral to KiLife’s business and product development. In January 2017, KiLife Tech was awarded grant funding through the Technology Acceleration Program (TAP) to continue along the path toward commercialization.

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In January 2015, Dr. Bala Ambati and Dr. Jay Ambati, brothers and world-renowned ophthalmologists respectively, founded iVeena. The biopharmaceutical company is headquartered in the University of Utah’s Research Park, and is developing novel products to improve the field of ophthalmology. iVeena has multiple products at various stages of commercialization that focus on a range of eye issues. The company was awarded TAP funding through USTAR at the start of 2017 to support their minimally invasive glaucoma surgical (MIGS) device called the Schlemm’s stent-sieve. S3 helps control pressure in the eye by draining fluid naturally through the Schlemm’s canal.

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i-CalQ, a life science device company based out of Salt Lake City, is using smartphone attachments and corresponding image analysis software applications to accurately perform point-of-care, single-use, lateral flow diagnostic tests. Currently, the company has tests for thyroid disease and another for measuring salivary cortisol levels. These tests can be performed inexpensively and produce results in as little as 20 minutes. The company was awarded USTAR funding through the competitive Technology Acceleration Program (TAP) to further develop their thyroid detection technology.

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Go Quiet Pro, a company administered by Brenkman and Company, LLC and located in the Utah Valley, is applying active noise cancelling (ANC) technology to the trucking and heavy equipment industries. The company has worked in partnership with Brigham Young University (BYU) and Caterpillar to develop an ANC device that can be installed or retro-fitted into the cabs of diesel semi-trucks to cancel engine noise that has been known to cause hearing damage. USTAR funding through the competitive Technology Acceleration Program (TAP) allowed Go Quiet Pro to build beta units to be tested by actual truck drivers in the field.

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Based in Ogden, UT, ENVE Composites designs and manufactures the best bicycle wheels in the world. ENVE Composites’ patented process of molding in spoke holes is just one example of their many proprietary technologies. Because carbon fiber gets its strength from continuous, unbroken fibers, ENVE routes the fibers around the hole which increases the strength of each spoke hole. This technique pays large dividends in the final product by allowing for a lighter spoke face in the rim without compromising strength. Because of this process, ENVE’s spoke holes are capable of resisting higher spoke tensions which greatly reduces the risk of spoke pull-through during wheel-build and on the road. In 2010, ENVE won a TCG grant from USTAR that prevented 10 jobs from being moved overseas. Since then, they have continued to use their technology to innovate the bicycle wheel and component industries.

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Founded in 2014, Eastwind Networks is increasing security across computer networks by increasing visibility. The company specializes in cyber security and has been developing new and innovative methods to detect malicious activity on the web. Their Breach Analytics Cloud platform employs machine learning algorithms, behavior analytics and threat hunter technologies to prevent or even predict data breach problems. If an issue does arise, Eastwind’s technology speeds up response time and enables improved forensic analysis. The company is a proud member of Dell’s Founders 50 program and actively participates with the Utah Tech Council to promote cyber technology and security within the state. In January 2017 they also became winners of a USTAR Technology Acceleration Program grant.

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Going to the dentist has long been a dreaded experience for adults and children alike. Dentavations, a company founded in 2010 and located in Spanish Fork, Utah, aims to improve dental visits for patients and dentists alike by introducing new and innovative technology. Instead of the outdated traditional drill that results in heat, vibration and potential damage to the healthy parts of the tooth, the company’s device uses a liquid stream for cutting. The design of the drill is modeled closely after old drills making it easy to adopt for dental professionals.  Dentavations was awarded funding in early stage development through USTAR’s former Technology Commercialization Grant program. At the start of 2017, they were awarded a Technology Acceleration Program grant in order to complete final stage development and seek FDA approval.

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Coreform is commercializing the first isogeometric analysis (IGA) finite element analysis (FEA) software for use in crash-simulations. The company was formed in 2014 and is located in Provo, Utah. Their technology is improving accuracy in computer assisted design (CAD) and engineering (CAE) programs through process innovations and new geometry, called “U-Splines.” Coreform believes IGA technology to be the core for integrated design and simulation workflows of the future. In 2017, USTAR granted funding for the project through the Technology Acceleration Program (TAP) to help make that a reality.

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Inspired by a frustrating, unchanging traffic signal, Blyncsy founder and CEO, Mark Pittman, came up with the idea for what would become the Blyncs Sensor. While still a business student at the University of Utah, Pittman developed the device that anonymously monitors Bluetooth and WiFi connected devices in its vicinity to better understand traffic flows. Since then, newer versions of the device have been employed by Utah “smart cities” and in nearby states.  When partnered with their software, the data collected by Blyncsy sensors can be used to better understand various types of traffic patterns in a given area. In early 2017, USTAR awarded Blyncsy TAP funding to help optimize sensor technology and develop new software platforms.

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Base2 Genomics is a big data and life science company that was founded and launched out of the Quinlan Laboratory, a part of the USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery at the University of Utah, in October 2015. Aaron Quinlan, Ph.D. and co-founders Brent Pedersen, Ph.D. and Ryan Layer, Ph.D. formed the company to provide solutions for more easily analyzing and reporting on whole genome sequencing data. USTAR partnered with Base2 in January 2017 by providing funding through the competitive Technology Acceleration Program (TAP) to support the GenoScope project.

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Founded in 2013, Applied BioSensors is a life science device company based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. They are producing multi-analyte, cost-effective, single-use biosensors and corresponding analytics software for use primarily in biopharma manufacturing. Their innovative technology is based around “smart polymers” which react in response to different biomarker levels. The company has benefited from multiple Utah state grant programs, and also set up shop at the BioInnovations Gateway, a life science incubator operated by USTAR in partnership with Granite School District. Applied BioSensors has received two Technology Acceleration Program (TAP) grants through USTAR which have helped develop the biosensor technology and advance research into new innovations.

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