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July 17, 2013 at 3:02 PM

UW announcing 17 tech spinoffs

Get ready to hear more about startups based on technology developed at the University of Washington.

UW President Michael Young and others are planning to announce on Thursday that 17 such companies were started in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

The pace is faster than expected for the school’s C4C center for commercialization. The center has been operating since 2005 but is getting a higher profile since Young joined the school in 2011, in part because of his success nurturing startups in his previous job at the University of Utah.

Young, C4C Vice Provost Linden Rhoads and state Commerce Director Brian Bonlender are scheduled to announce the 17 startups at an event Thursday morning at C4C offices in Fluke Hall that opened in early 2012.

A number of the startups have already been announced by C4C, which reported in January that it six startups had spun out of the school in the previous six months.

Among the ventures it called out is GraphLab, Professor Carlos Guestrin’s analytics venture, which draws on his research into machine learning. Also noted was PatientStream, an electronic information system developed at Harborview Medical Center that replaces traditional whiteboards in hospitals.

Comments | Topics: Education, seattle, Startups


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