Six CSU companies to participate in ‘Destination Startup,’ featuring Colorado talent and technology

destination startup logoColorado research institutions including Colorado State University continue to roll out innovative discoveries with real-world products, but often investment capital is hard to come by to get the startup off the ground.

Helping to bridge that gap by drawing investors to Colorado is “Destination Startup,” a showcase of the state’s best technologies from Colorado’s innovation ecosystem. The event will be hosted by University of Colorado Boulder.

Twenty-five of the best startups from Colorado’s leading research institutions and laboratories will present to investors and the business community on Feb. 1 at the Omni Hotel in Broomfield.  Participating institutions include CSU, CU Boulder, CU Anschutz, CU Colorado Springs and University of Denver.

CSU Ventures, the technology transfer office for CSU, is pleased to announce the following six startup companies that will present at the showcase:  Access Sensor Technologies, OptiEnz Sensors, PhotonPharma, Prieto BatteryVetMeasure and New Iridium. The hand-picked startups went through a competitive selection process and represent disciplines on campus including veterinary medicine, chemistry and engineering.

“The research and innovation coming out of CSU continues to be impressive and bringing new investment funding possibilities to Colorado benefits the entrepreneurial community as a whole,” said, Terry Opgenorth, vice president and director of Launchpad at CSU Ventures. “This event just reaffirms the commitment Colorado has to the innovative ecosystem.”

About the CSU companies

Access Sensor Technologies – develops inexpensive and accurate environmental and biological tests. Co-Founders: Charles Henry, Dan Miller-Lionberg, John Volckens.

OptiEnz Sensors – an instrumentation system incorporating biosensors for the continuous monitoring of organic chemical concentration in water and aqueous solutions. Founder: Ken Reardon.

PhotonPharma – develops cancer vaccines, applicable to all cancers, using live inactivated tumor cells with full preservation of neo-antigens and cell structure. Co-Founders: Jon Weston, Ray Goodrich, Amanda Guth.

Prieto Battery – commercializing a patented solid-state lithium-ion battery technology, helping companies and organizations accelerate the innovation of their existing battery technology options and energy storage capabilities.  Founder: Amy Prieto

VetMeasure – produces animal harnesses that enable accurate detection of an animal’s health statistics to optimize care and treatment options. Founder: Kevin Maher

New Iridium – produces organic photo redozx catalysts for light-driven chemical reactions. Co-founder: Chern-Hooi Lim; co-founded with CU Boulder.

For a complete list of the companies presenting at Destination Startup or for more information visit the website.