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July 2, 2014 at 4:21 PM

UW research spawns 18 companies in past year

The University of Washington today announced that it set a new record for startup creation, with 18 spinout companies licensing UW research over its last fiscal year.

UW image of the Raven II surgical robot on the "Ender's Game" movie set.

UW image of the Raven II surgical robot on the “Ender’s Game” movie set.

Seventeen startups were spun out of the school the previous year. Its fiscal years end June 30.

The 2014 tally was disclosed last month when the school promoted Professor Vikram Jandhyala to vice provost for innovation, replacing Linden Rhoads who is leaving to perhaps start her own company. But the list of new venture wasn’t disclosed until today

All but four are healthcare ventures. The highest profile one may be Applied Dexterity, a company commercializing the RAVEN surgical robots that have been in development since 2002 and were featured in the sci-fi movie “Ender’s Game.”

Some of the companies were formed years ago but the UW doesn’t count them as spinoffs until they finalize an intellectual-property licensing agreement with the school, Rhoads said.

Here are the companies, as described in the school’s announcement:

AnswerDash – Developed contextual Q&A technology that provides website and web application users with instant context-sensitive answers right when and where they need them. As users ask new questions over time, an “answer layer” builds up over a site or application, enabling future visitors to find answers easily without having to ask again.

Applied Dexterity – Advancing the field of robotically assisted surgery by creating a research surgical robot that allows researchers in engineering, surgery, and computer science to experiment, innovate and collaborate.

BluHaptics– Creating a control system for underwater remotely operated vehicles that can perform a variety of undersea tasks too dangerous for humans.

Deurion – Developing products for diagnostics and mass spectrometry, an analytical technique that produces spectra of the masses of atoms or molecules constituting a sample of material.

Ennaid Therapeutics – Commercializing cures for mosquito-borne diseases, including Dengue virus and West Nile virus.

Lodespin Labs – Creating the next generation of iron oxide magnetic nanoparticle tracers for medical imaging.

MarqMetrix – Providing real-time product quality improvement through optical, or light-sensing, measurement technology — most notably its use in an optical measurement device known as the Raman BallProbe.

Medical Models – Using specialized medical imaging software and 3D printing to create custom physical models to assist medical students and patients when confronted with specific injuries and anatomical abnormalities that are typically only visible in scan data.

NaviSonics – Developed a handheld, ultrasound-guided catheter system to assist neurosurgeons with placement of extraventricular drains during surgery to relieve elevated cranial pressure, reducing neurosurgical revision rates and improving patient safety.

Oricula Therapeutics – Developing medications to protect hearing and balance from the effects of aging and ototoxic drugs, or medications that are toxic to the ear.

PET/X LLC – Integrates PET (positron emission tomography) and X-ray mammography to determine which targeted breast cancer therapies will be effective on an individual patient.

Polydrop – Developing new technology that improves adhesion and durability in paints and coatings for aerospace and automobile manufacturers. The technology diffuses the electrostatic charge that accumulates from friction, and provides electromagnetic interference shielding for paints and other coatings used in the transportation industries.

Shockmetrics – Creating non-invasive devices that measure the amount of oxygen in a patient’s muscles to detect medical shock.

Spark Medical — Developing a football helmet that protects against skull fracture and traumatic brain injury, particularly concussion.

Stasys – Commercializing a device to assess the state of blood coagulation in trauma patients within minutes, helping emergency physicians save lives.

Taggpic — Developing computer software that automatically recognizes buildings, structures and landmarks in digital photographs, as well as the precise location where photos were taken.

VerAvanti – Developing medical devices focusing on the endoluminal optical imaging, or angioscopy, segment of the medical industry. Angioscopy is a medical technique for visualizing the interior of blood vessels.

Universal Cells -Developing methods for accurate and reliable gene editing in stem cells.

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