"American Universities Are Uniquely Positioned To Ensure U.S. Leads Socially And Economically"

Washington, D.C. - August 29, 2016 - The National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2), an association of university Startup Officers, will hold its first University Startups Demo Day at Congress on September 20, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Universities create over 800 startups each year around the country, and 200 companies were submitted and screened to find the "Best University Startups 2016". These companies are the most exciting early-stage companies presented by the country's great universities.

"To lead the world in the 21st Century, our nation must have a sustained commitment to education, scientific research, and startups," says Tony Stanco, NCET2 executive director, "and American universities are uniquely positioned to deliver on all three to ensure the U.S. continues to lead socially and economically in this century, as it did in the last."

While everyone is familiar with the dominant position of American universities in two of the three pillars, education and research, little attention has been drawn to the revolutionary transformation occurring at universities to build campus-wide innovation ecosystems. Universities have quietly hired startup officers to help students, researchers and alumni create and fund innovative social and for-profit startups. And, at the same time, they have been establishing new innovation districts on their campuses to nurture and incubate these American dreamers. If you walk onto a university campus today you will find unheralded doers and makers solving the world's most pressing problems, from remotely powered medical devices to regenerative medicine, and from IoT building solutions to alternative sustainable coatings and materials.

The University Startups Demo Day is the university community's opportunity to show the nation how far it's come in its bold, new vision for the future of the university, and how that vision is central to national competitiveness and economic growth, peace and prosperity. The University Startups presenting at the Demo Day have individual stories to tell about the good work they are doing to create jobs, serve humanity and leave the world a better place for the next generation.

For more information about the University Startups Demo Day contact NCET2 or any of the university startup officers listed below whose companies were selected as "Best University Startups 2016".

 

Best University Startups 2016

COMPANY UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY
STARTUP OFFICER
STATE
Garwood Medical Devices University at Buffalo Brian McIlroy NEW YORK
ZOETIC Pharmaceuticals University at Buffalo Brian McIlroy NEW YORK
Celvive Rutgers University Christopher Pflaum NEW JERSEY
XPEED Turbine Technology Rutgers University Christopher Pflaum NEW JERSEY
EpiCypher University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Donald Rose NORTH CAROLINA
Renovion University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Donald Rose NORTH CAROLINA
Rhizoform University of Alaska Anchorage Helena Wisniewski ALASKA
Nanochon The George Washington University Steve Kubisen DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
LytPhage Temple University Steve Nappi PENNSYLVANIA
Praeventix Temple University Steve Nappi PENNSYLVANIA
PolyCore Therapeutics Drexel University Bob McGrath PENNSYLVANIA
Calidum University of Nebraska Medical Center Michael Dixon NEBRASKA
Orion BioScience University of Nebraska Medical Center Michael Dixon NEBRASKA
Claridge-Culp Texas A&M University Balakrishna Haridas TEXAS
Curtana Pharmaceuticals University of California, San Diego Briana Weisinger CALIFORNIA
3Bar Biologics The Ohio State University Cheryl Turnbull OHIO
Neurxstem The Ohio State University Cheryl Turnbull OHIO
Avisa Pharma Inc University of New Mexico Elizabeth Kuuttila NEW MEXICO
Building Energy Efficiency Solutions Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Esther Vargas NEW YORK
HiberSense University of Pittsburgh Greg Coticchia PENNSYLVANIA
LumiShield Technologies Carnegie Mellon University Reed McManigle PENNSYLVANIA
Uniqarta North Dakota State University David Wells NORTH DAKOTA
Nventi University of California, Berkeley Suzanne Levi CALIFORNIA
Viewpoint Molecular Targeting University of Iowa Paul Dymerski IOWA
GreenScale Technologies University of Vermont Corine Farewell VERMONT
SimUCare University of Delaware Joy Goswami DELAWARE
Tethis North Carolina State University Wade Fulghum NORTH CAROLINA
FORGE Life Science Princeton University Tony Williams NEW JERSEY
Anvyl University of California, Irvine Kathleen Eiler CALIFORNIA
Sanyal Biotechnology Virginia Commonwealth University Ivelina Metcheva VIRGINIA
Acera Surgical Washington University in St. Louis Nichole Mercier MISSOURI
Adipomics Children's National Medical Center Greg Baker DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Minnepura Technologies University of Minnesota Russ Straate MINNESOTA
Innotronics University of Minnesota Russ Straate MINNESOTA
Red5 Case Western Reserve University Stephanie Weidenbecher OHIO
NeuroLucent Rosalind Franklin University / The Chicago Medical School Dora Espinosa ILLINOIS

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

FOR NCET2:

Ria P. Ancheta-Adrias
National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer
Associate Director
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FOR THE UNIVERSITY STARTUP OFFICERS:

Brian McIlroy
SUNY-University at Buffalo
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Christopher Pflaum
Rutgers University
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Don Rose
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Helena Wisniewski
University of Alaska Anchorage
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Steve Kubisen
The George Washington University
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Steve Nappi
Temple University
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Bob McGrath
Drexel University
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Michael Dixon
University of Nebraska Medical Center
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Balakrishna Haridas
Texas A&M University
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Briana Weisinger
University of California, San Diego
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Cheryl Turnbull
The Ohio State University
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Elizabeth Kuuttila
University of New Mexico
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Esther Vargas
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Greg Coticchia
University of Pittsburgh
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Reed McManigle
Carnegie Mellon University
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David Wells
North Dakota State University
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Suzanne Levi
University of California, Berkeley
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Paul Dymerski
University of Iowa
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Corine Farewell
University of Vermont
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Joy Goswami
University of Delaware
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Wade Fulghum
North Carolina State University
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Tony Williams
Princeton University
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Kathleen Eiler
University of California, Irvine
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Ivelina Metcheva
Virginia Commonwealth University
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Nichole Mercier
Washington University in St. Louis
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Greg Baker
Children's National Medical Center
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Russ Straate
University of Minnesota
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Stephanie Weidenbecher
Case Western Reserve University
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Dora Espinosa
Rosalind Franklin University / The Chicago Medical School
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