In the News
All Cell Technologies, LLC, develops technology for light-weight, high-energy batteries. The company provided Li-Ion batteries for both of the race cars entered by IIT students in Dartmouth University's 2008 Formula Hybrid International Competition. An NBC 5 story about IIT's participation in the race is available here.
AlterVia Fuels, a biofuel development company, was mentioned in a May 30, 2008 PBS Online News Hour story about new solvents leading to better biofuels. The full article is available here.
Cleversafe, a data storage company, recently graduated from the UTP. The company's President and CEO, Chris Gladwin, was interviewed by InformationWeek's Michael Singer on July 14, 2009. Click here to view the video.Cleversafe was named one of Chicago's "101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" by the National Association of Business Resources on June 19, 2008. More details are available here.
LiquidTalk, Inc.'s CEO Dave Peak was interviewed for the Six Minutes With... podcast on Networkworld.com. Click here to listen to the interview.
New UTP Companies
|AlterVia Fuels is a technology development company that is currently commercializing the
next generation of cellulosic biomass conversion technology as well as
an integrated biorefinery process for the production of other high
value biofuels, chemicals and food products.
Data DefendersData Defenders is a leading provider of electronic voting system
security solutions to election jurisdictions throughout the United
States. For the consumer market, Data Defenders has developed a unique holistic and
hybrid approach for managing PC operations and security.
> WebsiteSarmas GroupThe Sarmas Group specializes in advanced materials for the $417 billion active and intelligent packaging market. The company has focused
initially on the food packaging market, where there is a large unmet
need for interactive technologies that allow customers to actively and
inexpensively control certain environmental conditions inside a wide
array of food packaging applications.
> WebsiteWrightwood Technologies, Inc.
Wrightwood Technologies is a technology development company with a strong focus on robotics and
machine intelligence applications and their integration into industries
such as pharmaceuticals and health care.
University Technology Park at IIT is a unique combination of wet and
dry labs and office space that accommodates companies at every stage of
growth and connects them to the outstanding research faculty and
resources at one of the nation's leading universities, the Illinois
Institute of Technology.
Science + Technology is a private real estate investment and
development company that focuses on serving the real estate needs of
university, healthcare, science and technology-based organizations.
Technology Business Center exterior.
Technology Business Center atrium: upper level.
Technology Business Center atrium: lower level.
We've remodeled our quarterly UTP
e-newsletter to give you quick updates about new and growing companies within
the Tech Park, provide feature articles when warranted, and announce lectures,
workshops and networking events.
We'd also like to announce the completion and availability of the Technology Suites -
a collection of pre-built wet-labs (2,000 sq ft each, pictured right) - designed to get emerging
companies up and running quickly. More information is available here
If you have comments, questions or suggestions, drop me a line.
Associate Director for Technology
& Business Services
University Technology Park at
HEVT Unveils the World's First Plug-in Hybrid Ford F-150 Pickup Truck
On July 22, 2008, Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technologies,
Inc. (HEVT) unveiled the world's first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle
(PHEV) version of the popular Ford F-150 pickup truck at the Plug-In 2008
Conference and Exposition in San Jose, California.
The F-150 has been transformed from a standard
combustion engine vehicle, which gets about 16 MPG, to a PHEV, which gets up to
41 MPG for a typical day's driving.
The HEVT prototype
was displayed during the conference's keynote address by Dr. Andrew S. Grove,
former chairman of Intel Corporation. "Trucks, SUVs and vans are the
least-efficient vehicles on the road, so retrofitting them should be a
high priority if we want to make a meaningful, near-term difference in
oil consumption. Rapid commercialization of prototypes like HEVT's is
the way to go," Dr. Grove said. Click here to view the full press release.
HEVT is an early-stage
technology venture specializing in the design and development
of hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle controllers,
drive trains, and conversions.
Photos: (top) HEVT's F-150 prototype on the IIT main campus; (bottom) Ali Emadi, Founder of HEVT, Andy Grove, Senior Advisor of Intel, and Andrew Frank, Professor at U.C. Davis at the opening day of the July 22-24 inaugural Plug-In 2008 Conference and Exposition: A Short Drive to Tomorrow.
Comarch Software Solution Wins Several Awards
Comarch ALTUM won the the 2008 Microsoft Partner Program Award in the ISV/Software Solutions category. The award was
presented during the 2008 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference on July 7-10, 2008 in Houston,
Microsoft prize is the third international award Comarch's latest Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
system has won. In March 2008, just three weeks after
its international premiere, Comarch ALTUM received the Innovations
Produkt award in the most innovative ERP system contest organized
during the CeBIT trade fair. It was also awarded "Best
Solution Provider Product/Solution"
during Gartner's IT ChannelVision Europe 2008 conference, where it
was evaluated by both a judging panel and managers from nearly 200 IT
all over the world.
Comarch ALTUM is an innovative and process oriented solution
for medium and large companies in the trade and service sectors. Read more about ALTUM here.
Comarch is a global IT business solutions provider specializing in
forging client relationships to maximize customers' profitability and
optimizing operations and business processes.
|Alion Awarded Several Government Contracts
Alion Science and Technology has recently been awarded several U.S. government contracts: $7 million to perform a wide range of radio frequency spectrum services at
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; a one-year contract with a potential value of $1,840,000 from
the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology
Directorate to support critical cross-agency information sharing
capabilities; and $2 million from the Marine Corps Systems Command to support the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle alternate bow flap concept development. For more information, click here.
Alion is an
employee-owned technology solutions company delivering technical
expertise and operational support to the Department of Defense,
civilian government agencies and commercial customers.
Lessons of a Midwest High-Tech
Join the Knapp Center for its August lecture, which
will focus on the practical aspects of being a high-tech entrepreneur.
James Fairs, President and CEO of IMI Innovations, Inc., will discuss
strategies for domestic and international intellectual property, dealing with
venture capital firms, and give a product demonstration.
IMI Innovations, Inc. is a technology firm that develops multiple-user and
bimanual software for professional users, media, gaming and other sectors.
IMI's design team offers software development tools to meet and expand the
design parameters of software creators from all sectors.
Refreshments will be served. There is absolutely no charge for this event, but
RSVPs are required and should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
August 26, 2008
Technology Business Center Atrium
University Technology Park at IIT
join the Jules F.
Center, the University Technology
Park at IIT, and Wexford
Science + Technology for our monthly networking event on Thursday, August 28th!
Our featured guest this month will be Threadless, a community centered online apparel store. Starting as a thread on a design forum in 2000, Threadless now has more than 400,000 online users and a retail store in the Lakeview neighborhood. The Threadless concept - soliciting designs, creating a
community of users to vote on the best design of
the week, and turning a profit by selling the designs on apparel and other items - earned its parent company, skinnyCorp, a 2007
Chicago Innovation Award.
Connectiviity brings together
the entrepreneurship community both within IIT and the greater Chicagoland area
and provides the opportunity to network and share experiences with
fellow entrepreneurs. Whether you are currently an entrepreneur or are
considering starting a business, this event can help you make the connections
you need to get your new venture started or grow your existing business. Come
explore what the Knapp Center, University
Wexford and IIT have to offer!
Refreshments will be served. There is absolutely
no charge for this event. For more information, contact Jennifer Keplinger at email@example.com.
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
August 28, 2008
Technology Business Center
Park at IIT
SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop
The iBIO Institute is hosting a two-day intensive workshop that combines the SBIR/STTR 101, Proposal Preparation, and NIH
Electronic Submission workshops. Targeted to life science companies, this workshop covers Department of Defense, National
Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health grants.
If you plan to submit an SBIR or STTR proposal in 2008, you are highly
encouraged to attend this workshop. The
registration fee is $200 per participant / $150 for each additional participant
from the same company. For more information and to register
online, click here
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
September 15-16, 2008
University Technology Park at IIT
10 West 35th Street