University of Kentucky Research

ASTeCC Incubator Companies

Advanced Semiconductor Processing Technology
Zhi David Chen

Based on research by Zhi David Chen, Center for Nanoscale Science & Engineering
Advanced Semiconductor Processing Technology’s current product is a dew point sensor which is based upon research on semiconductor processing technology and its applications on electronic devices including sensors and transistors. The company has also developed a new type of moisture sensor called alpha-Al2O3 based dew point.

Biological Prospects LLC
Patrick Lawless, 859.721.1412, info@biologicalprospects.com
Biological Prospects LLC develops and manufactures therapeutic natural products for the human and animal health markets. The company has commercialized a proprietary resveratrol product (Resverasyn®) with enhanced bioavailability and stability and which is free of the impurities present in natural sources of resveratrol. Biological Prospects currently is engaged in the research and development of plant-derived natural compounds with immunomodulatory, antimicrobial and anti-diabetic activities.  The resulting technology will form the basis of the company’s second generation of innovative natural products with applications in a diverse array of industries.

BDC - Biomedical Development Corporation
Danika Lippert, Human Resources and Commercialization, 859.412.7650
Study our corporate DNA. You’ll see a biomedical research and development lab that fuses business with science. We form true partnerships with scientists, focus on superior clinical outcomes, and commercialize the innovative products that come from it. The result? Our products go from our lab. To the marketplace. To you.

Bluegrass Advanced Material, LLC
Nihar Shah, PhD, Chief Technology Officer, 859.257.0796

BrainChem
Peter Huettl
Based on research from the Center for Microelectrode Technology, Greg Gerhardt director, Peter Huettl assistant director
Developing a new generation of clinical diagnostic devices for patients with epilepsy and traumatic brain injury.

Brockman Hastings
Todd Hastings, CEO, 859.576.4951

Coplex Therapeutics LLC

CytoInformatics, LLC
Lin Yang, PhD, Chief Technical Officer, 859.218.2248 / Karyn Esser, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, 859.323.8107 / Tamela Spurlin, Administrative Contact, 859.553.0442
is a software company focused on image informatics and biomedical cell biology to develop products for the rapidly evolving digital pathology market.  Work is ongoing to build out new software, CytoQuant, that relies on technical developments in the field of automated image segmentation and machine learning with new hardware developments using whole slide scanning to  provide more accurate and automated image segmentation results with better user experiences.  

DermVantage
Dr. Sybille Muller, 859.533.7287
DermVantage is developing transfollicular delivery of biological agents for the cosmetic and medical industries. The company is exploring using its technology to treat hyperhidrosis and cancer.

Dynamic Aerial Data Systems, LLC
Solomon Van Meter, President/CEO, 859.221.3165
Michael Thamann, 859.620.8498
Marco Contreras, 406.207.9052
Brent Seales, 859.257.3063
Ruigang Yang, 859.257.3886
Autonomous data capture and analytics for precision agriculture, forestry and natural resources management.

Exatherm 
Shannon Bass, President, 859.556.0731
Exatherm is developing a medical device that can apply heat to localized areas on patients to treat lung, colon, pancreatic and other forms of cancer. The process has been shown to selectively kill cancer cells and enhance the effects of certain chemotherapy drugs without damaging normal tissues. The company is planning a clinical trial with lung cancer patients at the University of Kentucky in late 2012 with a novel whole body circulatory hyperthermia system.

GISMO Therapeutic, Inc.

Innovation Diagnostics, Inc.
Phyllis Siegal, Vice President

Invenio Therapeutics
Mukesh Agarwal, President, 216.496.9053
Invenio Therapeutics Inc. is an early-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel drug compounds that terminally differentiate leukemia cells so that they no longer have the ability to divide and replicate. Invenio's focus is R&D on cutting-edge drug treatments targeting Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), for which no cure exists.

Kentucky Space 
Kris Kimel and Mahendra Jain
Kentucky Space involves select Kentucky universities, including UK and Morehead State University, focused on small entrepreneurial and educational space solutions. Kentucky Space is owned by the Kentucky Science &Technology Corporation.

Minerva Systems & Technologies
Kalyan Ganesan, Chief Technology Officer, 859.489.0156 or 859.218.6569
Minerva Systems & Technologies, LLC is an emerging technology company with expertise in navigation and guidance, satellite & wireless communications, signal processing, and embedded hardware and software design and development.

Nano-Mite Technologies
Based on research by Patrick Sullivan / SCoBIRC and anatomy & neurobiology
R&D to control obesity using nanotechnology to alter the body's metabolic rate and increase the cell's ability to convert sugar to energy. Research could lead to future breakthroughs in the treatment of traumatic central nervous system damage and neurodegenerative disorders.

Naprogenix
Based on research by John Littleton / molecular pharmacology and plant genomics
Commercialized technology that enables bio-prospecting (screening) of Kentucky native plants and mutant plants for molecules that could lead to plant-based medicines and natural insecticides. Founded in 2002, the company's current focus is on non-toxic insecticides, CNS-acting drugs and chemotherapeutic agents.

PowerTech Water, LLC
James Landon

Pryog, LLC
Stephanie Dilocker

RNAnano, LLC
Andrew Wang, President
Dr. Jinqiang Chen, 443.824.3532

Science Tomorrow LLC

Seikowave
Based on research by Daniel Lau / Center for Visualization & Virtual Environments 
Matt Bellis
Seikowave is developing three dimensional imaging technologies targeted at medical, security and industrial imaging applications. Seikowave's patent-pending optical architectures combined with Daniel Lau's (UK Center for Visualization & Virtual Environments) patent-pending machine vision algorithms enable high performance, low cost 3D imaging solutions capable of capturing human motion in real time. Seikowave, with offices in the U.S. and Japan, is working with global healthcare, security and semiconductor companies to bring these imaging solutions to market.

Signal Solutions LLC
Bruce F. O'Hara, 859.266.0964
Signal Solutions LLC was formed in February 2009 to sell products and support research associated with their non-invasive, high-throughput sleep-wake tracking system for mice. Currently, several systems are being used in research labs around the world including an 80 cage set-up at The Jackson Laboratory (Bar Harbor, ME) as part of a large-scale NIH U54 project to perform deep phenotyping on individual mouse gene knockouts to better understand these genes and associated diseases. Signal Solutions was chosen as a primary subcontractor for this five year effort referred to as KOMP2 and supported by the International Knockout Mouse Consortium. In April 2013, Signal Solutions was awarded a 2-year Phase I NIH SBIR grant to further extent the capability of its system to track REM and nonREM sleep in addition to other behaviors. Signal Solutions also develops a variety of other hardware and software for assessing physiological variables in mice, horses, and people.

Vindico NanoBioTechnology
Eric Ostertag, 859.218.6568
Vindico applies proprietary polymersome technology to develop and commercialize diagnostic and therapeutic applications focusing on the transfusion medicine market.

W-Z Biotech
Cherry Croft
W-Z Biotech, founded in 2009 by Dr. Jay Zwischenberger, surgery, and Dr. Dongfang Wang, cardiothoracic surgery, specializes in the development of novel medical devices for cardiopulmonary surgery and hyperthermia delivery systems for lung cancer therapy.