The following companies have participated in our gap grant program and benefited from a $50,000-250,000 collaborative proof-of-concept project award. Many of the resulting products are on market now or are on their way there, making them ripe for investment, partnership and supplier opportunities.
They represent the best and brightest in nanoscience and microtechnology research in Oregon—entrepreneurs selected because of their companies’ high-growth potential.
Advanced materials, semiconductors, sensors, optics
Amorphyx is well on its way to helping display manufacturers reduce costs and improve performance. The company’s metal-insulator-metal (MIM) diode-based devices promise a groundbreaking alternative to thin-film transistor.... Read More >>
Semiconductor companies are looking to Inpria, an ONAMI spinoff, to help them pack more transistors onto their chips. The company’s innovative metal oxide-based materials promise more function per unit area, which means higher-performing smartphones, laptops and tablets in the near future... Read More >>
Shoei Electronic Materials Inc. Before long, your televisions, tablets and smartphones may render more accurate colors and draw less power. That’s thanks to quantum-dot technology. Shoei Electronic Materials is responding to the demand with a reactor system that can produce the dots on a commercial scale. ...
Thanks to SupraSensor Technologies, growers can make sure they’re not pouring too much fertilizer, money and pollution into their fields and ground water. An ONAMI Gap grant is helping the company bring its real-time wireless soil sensors to market.... Read More >>
The saying goes that seeing is believing. When you see how Vadient Optics is applying revolutionary nanocomposite materials and technologies to new lens designs, you’ll believe there’s a brighter future for eyeglasses, contact lenses, smartphone cameras, LED displays and more.... Read More >>
Energy generation and storage
A remarkably simple and cost effective energy storage system can be realized by using waste (or otherwise low-grade) heat. This approach to energy storage is poised to open up new areas for waste heat utilization, energy recovery, and enhanced power plant operations....
With CSD Nano’s thin-film coatings, more light can pass through glass. That means less money spent on indoor electric lighting and more electricity production from solar energy installations. ... Read More >>
As the demand for pure hydrogen gas increases, so too does the challenge associated with delivering and storing it in a compressed form. Element 1’s scalable hydrogen generators make the gas available on-site and on-demand.... Read More >>
With its patented All-Iron Flow Battery technology, Energy Storage Systems has found a way to minimize electricity expenditures while providing the facility-wide backup power needed to coast through power outages. ... Read More >>
Rechargeable lithium-cobalt oxide batteries are making the future greener, propelling electric cars and keeping laptops charged longer. OnTo Technology is making them go even further, with a process to extract material from the spent batteries and recycle them into new ones.... Read More >>
Wireless sensors are pervasive in industry today and dependent on battery technology for continuous operation. Perpetua has developed a sustainable alternative to batteries—unique thermoelectric technology solutions that convert waste heat into electric energy.... Read More >>
New battery technologies are brewing at Polaris Battery Labs, Oregon’s first and only sample making and test lab for lithium-ion batteries. By providing the equipment and expertise, Polaris is helping speed time to market for their startup customers.... Read More >>
Life sciences, healthcare, pharmaceuticals
For Cascade Prodrug, making cancer treatment safer and more effective is a priority. The company’s “pro drugs” are activated by physiological changes, specifically, when they’re inserted into the body—making them less toxic to normal cells.... Read More >>
With drug resistance on the rise around the world, diseases like malaria and diarrhea continue to kill millions of people every year. DesignMedix is developing novel drugs to combat resistant pathogens and reduce the incidences of infectious diseases.... Read More >>
For scientists looking to answer fundamental questions in genetics, ecology, evolutionary biology and biomedical research, Floragenex is fast becoming a go-to resource. The company’s breakthrough technology lets researchers efficiently discover and genotype large amounts of genetic information, in any plant or animal system, at a competitive cost.... Read More >>
With its novel microfluidic device, or “worm chip,” NemaMetrix is on a path to eliminate worm infections in humans and livestock. By monitoring roundworms, or C. elgans, the company’s device is aimed at accelerating the development of drugs that kill off or paralyze parasites.... Read More >>
A looming shortage of medical-grade isotopes in the United States could have a dramatic effect on medical diagnostics and patient health. NWMI hopes to solve this problem by providing a domestic, secure and reliable supply of molybdenum-99.... Read More >>
Imagine how many lives could be saved if clinicians could detect a patient’s level of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk before a cardiac event. By taking precise measurements of the CVD biomarker troponin, PacNano’s Nanomonitor is designed to do just that....
With Sonivate’s innovative, fingertip ultrasound, hands-free imaging may soon be the new norm. The company’s SonicEye, frees up clinicians’ hands to simultaneously perform other procedures, while improving diagnostics and the patient experience.... Read More >>
While flourine is ubiquitous in everyday applications, from Teflon® cookware to liquid crystal displays, there are few reliable, selective and cost-effective ways to introduce it into organic molecules. Valliscor is changing that.... Read More >>
Using proprietary nanotechnology techniques, Crystal Clear Technologies is developing materials and methods to remove toxic contaminants like mercury, arsenic and lead from industrial wastewater and drinking water....
MTEK Energy Solutions
Potable water is a global issue for agriculture, low-population density markets and developing nations without electric power infrastructure. MTEK has a solution—a system to cut the energy needed to remove salt from seawater by 50 percent....
Improving public health is an aggressive goal, but one that Puralytics is already achieving. Using light-activated photochemical processes, the company has pioneered products that enable pure water in places and applications where it was not possible before. ... Read More >>
Thanks to ZAPS, water treatment, water analysis and environmental analysis are quick, reliable and automatic. With advanced photonic technology, the company’s optical instrumentation takes discrete measurements over 50 times per second, providing real-time detection, analysis and control.... Read More >>
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