Startup Companies

Startup Companies

UC Davis is known worldwide for its leadership in research. Each year, this research generates new technologies and inventions that are translated into commercial applications, often becoming the foundation of startup companies that have a transformative impact on society.

“UC Davis Venture Catalyst provided the tools to help me grow my startup company.”
Karen McDonald, Co-Founder and Scientific Advisor, Inserogen Technologies
Selected UC Davis Startups
AccenGen Therapeutics
Entomolgy
Pharmaceutical company developing inhibitors for safer and more effective anti-inflammatories for treatment of sinusitis, pain, cardiovascular, respiratory indications and cancer.
AccenGen
Amaryllis Nucleics
Plant Biology
Enabling more efficient RNA-seq library synthesis for diagnostics, pharmaceutical development and food security.
Amaryllis Nucleics
Biomass Liquefaction Technologies
Food Science and Technology
Developing proprietary processes for energy-efficient high-solids biomass liquefaction.
Circularis
Plant Pathology
Developing a platform technology to optimize gene expression for agriculturally significant traits in crop plants & livestock.
Circularis
Evolve Biosystems
Food Science & Technology
Developing the next generation of microbiome-based solutions to establish, restore, and maintain a healthy human gut microbiome.
Evolve Biosystems Inc
InnovaNutra
Food Science & Technology
Vitamin, antioxidant and bioactive compound stabilizer and delivery system for food, nutraceutical and cosmetic products.
InnovaNutra
Juno BioMedical
School of Medicine
Developing novel stem cell delivery platforms for regeneration of brain tissue in patients suffering from traumatic brain injury, stroke, dementia and neurodegenerative disorders.
Juno BioMedical
MCW Engineering
Engineering
Developing a resorbable and injectable delivery vehicle that localizes cells at the defect site and promotes tissue repair.
MCW Engineering
NanoCERE Technologies
Biological Sciences
Developing novel drug delivery system that can cross the blood-brain barrier.
Regenerative Arthritis & Bone Medicine (RABOME)
School of Medicine
Treatments for osteoporosis and inflammatory arthritis, particularly rheumatoid arthritis.
Sapience Therapeutics
School of Veterinary Medicine
Focused on advancing novel therapeutics for high-mortality cancers; initial goal is to develop a first-in-class treatment for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).
Sapience Therapeutics
Shasqi
School of Medicine
Creating advanced platform for local drug activation.
Tule Technologies
Viticulture & Enology
Provides site-specific irrigation monitoring and recommendations to efficiently meet agricultural production goals.
Tule Technologies
Vizzario
School of Medicine
A non-invasive portable screening methodology and device for detecting traumatic brain injury.
Vizzario
A-Chip
Biomedical Engineering
A microfluidic-based diagnostic for evaluating an individual’s level of inflammatory cell activation to assess risk of heart attack.
Arcadia Biosciences
Plant Sciences
Develops genetically modified food crops for increased efficiency and reduced environmental impact.
Arcadia Biosciences
Cardiac Motion
Engineering
Developing a heart monitoring device that utilizes radar principles to detect and measure the motion of the heart muscles.
Efficient Drivetrains
Engineering
Developing and marketing advanced plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and battery electric vehicle drivetrain solutions for the global automotive industry.
Efficient Drivetrains
Glycohub
Department of Chemistry
Biotech company with highly effective enzymatic approaches for high yield and cost-effective production of complex glycans.
Glycohub
Inserogen
Engineering
Repurposing the tobacco plant to manufacture vaccines and therapeutics to improve quality of life.
Inserogen
LOGOS 4N
School of Medicine
Provides storage and analysis solutions for management of large data systems, including unbiased high-resolution identification and surveillance of human and other species genome/DNA.
Molecular Matrix
School of Medicine
Developing advanced research tools for cultivating and growing cells in three dimensions.
Molecular Matrix
Pandomedx
School of Medicine
Developing therapeutic product for the treatment of prostate cancer.
RF Biocidics
Physics
Manufactures equipment specifically designed for the elimination of food-related pathogens, pests, and fungi.
RF Biocidics
SensIT
Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering
Developing chemical sensors and information systems designed to identify specific chemicals in volatile, aerosol or liquid form.
StreamTex Technology
Biomedical Engineering
Developing a textile that stays dry by attaching a network of water-attracting threads to water-repellent fabric.
VenoSense
Biomedical Engineering
Developing a telemedicine-sensing device that provides feedback to patients and physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic venous insufficiencies.
AlloOnc
Stem Cell Program
Cellular therapeutic using engineered cells to specifically attack metastatic cancer cells and halt malignant metastasis.
AccenGen
Atocera
Engineering
Developing ceramic and semiconductor blades only a few atoms thick, with integrated micro-capillaries to allow for lubricating fluid flow.
Atocera
Chirp Microsystems
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Designing, developing and manufacturing a line of extremely low-power, ultrasonic 3D-sensing solutions for gesture recognition in consumer electronics, smart homes and industrial automation.
Chirp Microsystems
EncapSolutions
Chemistry
Nanoparticle capsules for photonic crystal color display in magnetic fields. Initial product is a system that leaves a transient mark on a tennis border line allowing players and officials to determine whether a ball was in or out of play.
ImmunoTess
School of Medicine
Develops novel compounds for enhancing the efficacy of immunotherapy through immunomodulation and inhibition of inflammation.
Isotropic Imaging Corporation
Biomedical Engineering
New CT scanner and imaging algorithms for imaging breast tissue.
Lumewave
California Lighting Technology
Wireless solutions for controlling and monitoring outdoor lighting for cities and municipalities and commercial entities. Company acquired by Echelon in 2014.
Lumewave
MUSE Microscopy
School of Medicine
A novel slide-free microscope technology for research and diagnostic applications.
Protein Architects
Physics
Develops beta-solenoid proteins as "molecular legos" for applications in self-assembly of nanoparticle based devices and materials, environmental remediation and passive mining, structured catalysis and potential tissue engineering.
Sage Therapeutics
School of Medicine
Develops life-changing therapies to treat rare central nervous system (CNS) disorders.
Sage Therapeutics
SerSense
Biomedical Engineering
Developing a novel device that simplifies and expedites blood-based diagnosis of infectious diseases.
SynapSense
Computer Science
Wireless sensor network architecture to improve energy efficiency and reduce power and cooling costs in data centers. Company was acquired by Panduit in 2014.
SynapSense
ViVita Technologies
School of Veterinary Medicine
Technology that removes the immunological barriers in animal-derived tissues, rendering them immune-compatible with human patients.
ViVita Technologies
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