UK Startup Network

The UK Startup Network is a community of startup companies based on technology and Intellectual Property developed at the University of Kentucky (UK).  The Network is managed by the Office of Technology Commercialization to facilitate continued engagement with UK and between UK startups for idea, resource and opportunity sharing. The Network hosts periodic events for gathering and sharing. The login-protected platform additionally aggregates and presents other Network membership benefits developed by UK and provided by third parties to advance UK startups towards success.

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UK Startup Network Reception


Tuesday, November 19, 2019
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

2018 Panelists

Seth DeBolt Ph.D.

Redleaf Biologics

CEO & Founder

Seth is a Professor of Horticulture at the University of Kentucky where he has been a faculty member since 2006. Prior to his appointment at Kentucky, Seth carried out postdoctoral research at Stanford University.


Stephen Dobson, Ph.D.

MosquitoMate Inc.


Stephen Dobson is a professor at UK, Department of Entomology and CEO of MosquitoMate, Inc., and a key focus of his work relates to developing novel tools to control medically important mosquitoes. Following receipt of his bachelor’s degree in entomology from Clemson University, he served as a volunteer teacher in American Samoa, where he witnessed first-hand the effects of mosquito-borne pathogens. Stephen completed an entomology Ph.D. at Berkeley, followed by a post-doctorate at the Yale University Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. In 1998, he began at the UK as a medical entomologist, and he has worked steadily toward developing the Wolbachia pesticide approach against mosquitoes. His research has received funding support from NIFA, NIH, NSF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2011, Stephen founded MosquitoMate, Inc. as a spinoff company, based on UK-patented Wolbachia technology, which has subsequently received additional funding support from NIH and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. The Wolbachia pesticide approach has received experimental permits from the US EPA, and with multiple years of field trials completed, MosquitoMate has recently received commercial registration for one Wolbachia-based product, while additional products are in the development pipeline. 

James Landon, Ph.D.

PowerTech Water LLC


James Landon co-founded PowerTech Water in January 2014 following initial success in raising seed capital from the Bluegrass Angels in Lexington, KY. After small-scale demonstrations of PowerTech Water's new salt separation technique, he and PowerTech Water were successfully awarded a National Science Foundation grant to advance and scale-up their technology. He is currently the chief technology officer at PowerTech Water with current focus directed towards pilot-stage validation of our membrane-free capacitive deionization process. James received his BS degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Janelle Molloy, Ph.D., DABR

Wild Dog Physics LLC


Janelle Molloy earned her Ph.D. in Physics in 1990 and is now a tenured professor and director of Medical Physics in the Radiation Oncology Department at the University of Kentucky. She supervises seven Ph.D. faculty and oversees clinical and educational operations. She is certified by the American Board of Radiology, was elected Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), was principal investigator on over $1 million in grant funding, is sole inventor on a device patent, is (co)author on over 40 peer-reviewed publications and has 30 years of experience in all aspects of Radiation Therapy Physics. She served as treasurer for the AAPM for three years and oversaw management of the $8 million annual association budget. She is a mother to one daughter and a (wild) dog from the shelter named Holly. In December 2017 she formed Wild Dog Physics, LLC, an innovative startup company focused in the cancer treatment space. In June, Wild Dog Physics competed in the 5Across pitch contest and took first place, securing a spot in the final round on December 5.