START:IP Portfolio

Technologies for START:IP 2021
Environment / Waste and Recycling

Bio-based Active Ingredients

Active ingredients are common in everyday products, for example as antimicrobial, antioxidative or emulsifying agents in cosmetics, paints and wood preservatives. However, standard active ingredients are derived from fossil fuels, meaning they are not biodegradable and are associated with adverse health effects and they accumulate in the environment. This technology is an eco-friendly alternative, creating active ingredients from an abundant

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Human Health/Therapy

Bone harvesting tool

Bone sample cylinders are difficult to obtain because they need to be much larger than bone marrow biopsies. Small biopsies break easily, limiting their utility for analysis of diseases. Obtaining large intact bone samples is technically difficult with conventional instruments, requiring pressure that is traumatic for the patient and can easily damage the bone. This technology is a simple to

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Measurement Systems/Tools

Specialized electron crystallography sample holder

Crystallography is a chemistry technique for characterizing compounds. Standard crystallography uses X-ray technology, but this is limited because crystals must be a certain size. Only about a third of crystalline compounds make large crystals. Alternatively, transmission electron microscopes can be used for the same technique. Here, there is no lower size limitation, but these machines are designed for imaging, not

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Electronics/Microelectronics

Improved Thin Layer Deposition

Electrodeposition is the process of coating surfaces using electrochemical reactions, for example to prevent corrosion, improve aesthetics, or create an electronically conductive surface. Current standard methods for electrodeposition are resource-intensive and costly. This technology solves these problems, enabling nanoscale-thin electrodeposition on a variety of surfaces.

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Human Health/Therapy

Hand sanitizer containing natural extracts

Many of us have formed a love-hate relationship with hand sanitizer in 2020. Though necessary, many have an unpleasant smell, cause skin irritation, or feel sticky and gross. This is a hand sanitizer product that combines pharmaceutical ingredients and natural essential oils, to create a pleasant smelling, soft feeling, and effective antibacterial/antiviral agent.

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Human Health/Therapy

Physiotherapy toy for hand exercises

Hand and finger physiotherapy exercises have been shown to relieve pain and prevent arthritic joints from getting worse. However, such exercises are challenging for people with arthritis because such movements are painful. This trumpet toy helps motivate people to do these exercises by making music and light effects in response to correct movements.

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E-Health

Data Protection in Blockchain Ledgers

Blockchain ledgers are a decentralized (i.e., “owner-free”) way of sharing data. This is incredibly useful because publicly available data allows efficient use, thereby streamlining many bureaucratic processes. However, complying with data protection laws in this context presents a challenge. This innovation is a blockchain-based system that protects personal information, only revealing it when permission is granted by the owner.

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Human Health/Therapy

Naturally Derived Blood Clotting Agent

Blood clotting, or hemostatic, agents are a medical necessity to prevent bleeding after injury or during surgery. Currently available hemostatic agents are limited in their utility (e.g. poor shelf-life, toxic side-effects) or come from animal sources. This hemostatic agent is derived from a biopolymer found in fungi. It has exceptional blood-clotting activity, is antimicrobial, and biocompatible.

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Carbon Capture/Energy

Recycling Carbon Dioxide into Methanol

Reduced carbon emissions are desperately needed to prevent global warming. Carbon dioxide (CO2) waste from industrial flue gas can be recycled, by reacting on a chemical catalyst, to produce methanol, but other compounds in flue gas interfere with this reaction. These researchers have developed a catalyst that reacts with CO2, but not the contaminants, to produce methanol.

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Electronics/Microelectronics

Faster Computing in Memory

It is becoming more difficult to increase computing speed, but a solution to this that is gaining great interest is computing “in-memory” – processing within memory arrays rather than separate processing arrays. Even within in-memory computing, new solutions are required to process faster. This technology is a way to perform a classic computer operation (XOR) faster in-memory.

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