NC State Office of Research Commercialization SBIR/STTR Spark Plug Initiative

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    The NC State Office of Research Commercialization (ORC) in collaboration with KIETS has established a formalized support process called the Spark Plug Initiative that will help NC State researchers and startups to maximize their potential for success on SBIR/STTR proposals. In FY 2021-22, ORC continued a partnership with the First Flight Venture Center (FFVC) and their Liftoff, FAST and Propeller Programs.

    The Spark Plug Program funded eight companies in fiscal year 2021-22 including the following:

    • DNAli Data Technologies, Inc., Focused on pairing molecular biology and encoding technologies to be able to scale DNA data storage systems; Participated in the 2021 FAST and Liftoff Programs and submitted Phase I proposal in January 2022.
    • Mammae Biosciences Inc.: A simple solution able to transform lactose in milk; Participated in the 2021 FAST and Liftoff Programs and submitted Phase I proposal in January 2022.
    • Bay Nano, Inc.: Makes energy-saving low-cost smart glass and smart EC plastic laminates for applications such as windows, curtain wall/architectural glass, automotive glass, and roof-coverings; Participated in the Liftoff Program and submitted a Phase 1 proposal in December 2021.
    • Helixomer: Developed RNA origami anticoagulants and a specific reversal agent to address the critical problems of traditional anticoagulants; Participated in the Liftoff Program and invited to submit a direct Phase II proposal.
    • Vizma Life Sciences: Develops next-generation molecular imaging and chemical analysis solutions; Participated in the Liftoff Program and submitted Phase I proposal to NIH.
    • TreeCo: Revolutionizing the forestry industry by combining insights from tree genetics with the power of CRISPR-Cas3 genome editing to breed more resilient trees in a faster time frame; Participated in the 2021 FAST Program and won NSF STTR Phase I $256,000.
    • Vector Textiles: Developing non-chemical-based insect and bite resistant products; Participated in the 2021 FAST Program.
    • Vetletics: Commercializing a pneumatic dynamic compression device for equine use to improve recovery and promote overall horse health; Participated in the 2021 FAST Program.