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Posted Aug. 21, 2017 at 2:14 p.m.

32 emerging NC tech startups receive $1.9M in state matching grants

Published: 2017-08-21 14:14:24
Updated: 2017-08-21 14:14:24

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Thirty-two emerging tech and life science companies across North Carolina are getting more startup runway funding thanks to nearly $2 million in North Carolina funding that matches federal grants they won earlier.

The matching funds are made available through the One North Carolina Small Business program.

The funding is intended to help these startups “bridge the challenging period between initial development of a new technology and the point where sales revenue from a new product is generated.” The North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Office of Science, Technology & Innovation oversees the program.

Federal grants come through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. More than 250 companies across 25 counties and 47 cities have received matching state funds sonce 2006.

Receiving the latest grants were:

  • 0 Base Design, LLC of Raleigh: $49,982 to develop small scale, man-portable seawater reverse osmosis desalination systems for the members of the military. This project is sponsored by the Department of the Army in the Department of Defense.
  • Adroit Materials, Inc. of Apex: $49,999.77 to test high-quality and high-purity aluminum nitride-based technology for use in high-energy lasers that will enable high-power laser weapon systems and novel communication systems. This project is sponsored by the Department of the Army in the Department of Defense.
  • AI Tracking Solutions, LLC of Carrboro: $65,000 to further optimize and test a particle-tracking platform that has lower time and labor costs versus traditional particle-tracking experiments and can more efficiently describe the specific behaviors of proteins. This project is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health in the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Ambient Logic, LLC of Asheville: $49,910 to create a geospatial sound model that estimates multiple indicators of the background noise across the United States to better understand the effect ambient noise is having on the population. This project is sponsored by the Department of the Army in the Department of Defense.
  • Applied LifeSciences & Systems, LLC of Raleigh: $65,000 to develop imaging systems for the screening of healthy animals and the delivery of vaccinations in the poultry industry. This project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
  • Athena’s Compass, LLC of Washington: $65,000 to develop a customizable educational video game that covers the entire curriculum of high school chemistry. This project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
  • AxNano, LLC of Greensboro: $62,196 to develop a remediation technology to treat contaminated groundwater sources that will lower risks of exposure during deployment and have higher effectiveness levels during treatment. This project is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health in the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Bennett Advanced Research, LLC of Raleigh: $49,999.85 to develop an additive manufacturing processes to rapidly manufacture and qualify aerospace parts for missile defense systems. This project is sponsored by the Missile Defense Agency in the Department of Defense.
  • Blue Ridge Research and Consulting, LLC of Asheville: $49,898 to develop a geospatial data-based ambient sound model to better map biological, geophysical, and anthropogenic ambient sounds in rural and urban environments. This project is sponsored by the Department of the Army in the Department of Defense.
  • Cell Microsystems, Inc. of Durham: $65,000 to develop, manufacture, and commercialize products and tools for the isolation, recovery, and analysis of single cells for improvement in genome editing. This project is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health in the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Celldom, Inc. of Durham: $65,000 to develop a high-throughput screening platform that can analyze the observable differences in organisms having the same genetic sequences to understand how external environmental factors can influence or hinder an organism’s development. This project is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health in the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Corvid Technologies, LLC of Mooresville: $49,999 to develop an artificial scene generator for use in missile defense testing. This project is sponsored by the Missile Defense Agency in the Department of Defense.
  • Creative Scientist, Inc. of Durham: $65,000 to develop a nitric oxide testing service that can be used to assess the causes of cardiovascular diseases. This project is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health in the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • EncepHeal Therapeutics, Inc. of Winston-Salem: $65,000 to develop a medication agent that blocks cocaine’s inhibitors for individuals with cocaine addictions. This project is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health in the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Falcon Therapeutics, Inc. of Chapel Hill: $59,291.50 to develop personalized stem cell therapies to treat cancer. This project is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health in the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • FokusLabs Behavioral Solutions, Inc. of Wake Forest: $65,000 to develop intelligent, wearable technology that enhances student attention through personalized monitoring and reinforcement. This project is sponsored by the Department of Education.
  • Innovation Research and Training, Inc. of Durham: $65,000 to develop a commercially available, user-friendly educational tool for use by high school students to prevent early and risky sexual behaviors. This project is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health in the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • MAA Laboratories, Inc. of Raleigh: $65,000 to create a stable nanoformulation alternative to the common cancer-treatment drug Dasatinib, which will improve solubility and oral bioavailability. This project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
  • Metalytics, LLC of Cary: $65,000 to develop software tools and procedures that helps investigators fully integrate specific metabolic experimental techniques into their design strategies to more quickly engineer cells for biomanufacturing. This project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
  • Microgrid Labs, Inc. of Cary: $60,000 to develop a solar irradiance micro-forecasting system to better predict radiant energy from the sun, which will increase the use of solar electricity and help reduce dependency on fossil fuel-based electricity. This project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
  • Multi3D, LLC of Cary: $65,000 to develop a more conductive filament that is stable at high temperatures and can be used in a broad of applications in 3D printing. This project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
  • Nanodiagnostic Technology, LLC of Concord: $50,000 to develop a paper/nanotechnology-based bioanalytical system for rapid detection of pesticides in food and water. This project is sponsored by the Department of Agriculture.
  • NCO Technologies, LLC of Concord: $65,000 to develop a new generation of low-cost, large-area, defect-free membranes for improved efficiency in carbon capture. This project is sponsored by the Department of Energy.
  • Qatch Technologies, LLC of Burlington: $65,000 to develop a sensor technology that can measure blood coagulation times at point-of-care (POC). This project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
  • Redbud Labs, Inc. of Chapel Hill: $65,000 to improve the existing processes on understanding genetic differences by using less complex instruments, fewer delicate biological samples, and simpler timely protocols. This project is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health in the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • ScitoVation, LLC of Durham: $65,000 to develop an in vitro analysis to detect DNA damage caused by chemical exposure. This project is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health in the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • SeaTox Research, Inc. of Wilmington: $59,975 to develop a sensor for the detection of paralytic shellfish toxins acquired through human consumption. This project is sponsored by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration in the Department of Commerce.
  • TriboFilm Research, Inc. of Raleigh: $65,000 to create an advanced coating system for plastic pharmaceutical containers that provides oxygen-barrier properties to extend the shelf life of oxygen-sensitive pharmaceutical products. This project is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health in the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • United Protective Technologies, LLC of Locust: $65,000 to develop carbon-based nanocomposite coatings for use on high-performance bearing, sliding, and rotating surfaces used in unmanned aerial vehicles. This project is sponsored by the United States Special Operations Command in the Department of Defense.
  • Vadum, Inc. of Raleigh: $49,991 to develop and simulate a new communications protocol technology to improve communication capabilities over longer ranges and utilize less power. This project is sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in the Department of Defense.
  • Video Collaboratory, LLC of Charlotte: $65,000.00 to develop a commercial-ready video collaboratory platform for team-based learning and collaboration using video documents. This project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
  • Vigilant Cyber Systems, Inc. of Mount Airy: $65,000 to develop an algorithm that automatically calculates the quality and cost of care for military service members. This project is sponsored by the Defense Health Program in the Department

Learn more about the program at:

http://nccommerce.com/sti/grant-programs/one-nc-small-business-program.

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