News from the University Technology Park at IIT
In This Issue
In the News
New Tech Park Companies
HEVT Unveils the World's First Hybrid Ford F-150
Comarch Software Solution Wins Several Awards
Alion Awarded New Contracts
Upcoming Events
In the News
All Cell Technologies
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.

Alter Via
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 Click here to listen to the interview.

New UTP Companies
AlterVia Fuels
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.
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Data Defenders
Data 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.
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Sarmas Group
The 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.
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Wrightwood 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.
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The 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.

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Wexford 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.

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Technology Business Center atrium: upper level.

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Technology Business Center atrium: lower level.
Issue: #7 Summer 2008

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.

Technology SuiteWe'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.

Daniel F. Marselle
Associate Director for Technology & Business Services
University Technology Park at IIT

HEVT Unveils the World's First Plug-in Hybrid Ford F-150 Pickup Truck
HEVT's Ford F-150 Plug-n 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 transformedHEVT Group Photo 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 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, Texas.

The 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 companies from 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 Logo 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.
Upcoming Events
Lessons of a Midwest High-Tech Entrepreneur
Join the Knapp Center for its August lecture, which will focus on the practical aspects of being a high-tech entrepreneur.
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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
Event Info
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
August 26, 2008

Technology Business Center Atrium
University Technology Park at IIT


Please join the Jules F. Knapp Entrepreneurship Center, the University Technology Park at IIT, and Wexford Science + Technology for our monthly networking event on TThreadlesshursday, 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 Tech Park, 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
Event Info
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
August 28, 2008

Technology Business Center Atrium
University Technology Park at IIT

SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop
iBio InstituteThe 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.
Event Info
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
September 15-16, 2008

University Technology Park at IIT
10 West 35th Street