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Technical.ly's Editorial Calendar explores a different topic each month. The September 2016 topic is tech transfer. See tech transfer coverage from all five of our East Coast markets here.
Universities are the secret weapon of national startup hubs like Silicon Valley and Boston. And over the last few years Baltimore has done its best to follow suit.
Consider spaces like Johns Hopkins’ FastForward incubator, the University of Maryland BioPark and IMET’s Harbor Launch incubator, and even accelerator programs like Dreamit Health Baltimore. These are all spaces where research takes the leap into commerce.
Because that’s the big challenge: The research is here, but bringing those discoveries out of the lab and into the commercial sector is difficult.
Of course, plenty of research-driven startups have made it work — perhaps because of the infrastructural investment local institutions have made in recent years.
Here’s a list of companies that were hatched in Baltimore, and stayed:
- A FastForward East-based company commercializing Johns Hopkins technology to develop a test for HIV.
- An ETC Eastern-based company developing therapeutics to treat patients with diseases affecting the brain. The technology grew out of Johns Hopkins research.
- A bwtech@UMBC-based company founded by UMBC professors that met at the Goddard Space Flight Center. The company makes aerosol sampling stations.
- A UMB company building an app marketplace for healthcare.
- A FastForward-based company commercializing biologics and drug development technology that was developed at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
- A bwtech@UMBC-based company that was founded by UMBC professors and focuses on chemistry innovation.
- A Dreamit Health Baltimore alum developing a platform for collaboration and handoffs between medical care teams that was developed at Johns Hopkins University.
- A Glen Burnie-based company developing a platform based on the microbiome signature that was developed by a pair of UMB researchers.
- A BioPark-based company commercializing an “out-of-hospital” artificial lung development.
- A Remington-based startup commercializing Johns Hopkins-developed technology for the treatment of Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation.
- A Johns Hopkins startup developing a clothing liner to help cool prosthetic devices from sweat and heat.
- A Woodberry-based startup developing biopsy imaging technology licensed from Johns Hopkins.
- A Johns Hopkins spinout that develops public-health mobile apps to help manage diseases such as tuberculosis and Ebola.
- A Federal Hill-based company creating a treatment to heal wounds based on technology licensed from Johns Hopkins University.
- A FastForward East-based company commercializing a JHU-developed non-invasive treatment for Type 2 Diabetes.
- A BioPark-based startup commercializing a UM School of Medicine device that would shorten the time and invasiveness of open heart surgery.
- This Baltimore-based company licensed technology from Johns Hopkins to develop software that assists in craniofacial surgery.
- A UMBC startup developing a new lysing technology for bacteria, bugs and algae.
- An IMET-based startup working on the process to extract oil from algae, which was invented at UMCES by CEO Ryan Powell.
- An app that delivers info to orchestral concertgoers, developed by UMBC professors.
- The FastForward-based startup is developing a test for early-stage ovarian cancer, licensed from technology developed at Johns Hopkins’ Kimmel Cancer Center.
- A startup developing a “barcode” for infectious diseases that began with work in UMB labs.
- A Canton-based company founded by Johns Hopkins cancer researchers that is developing genome analysis for cancer patients.
- A Johns Hopkins spinout developing an app that helps music students learn how to sight read. The app was created by a pair of Peabody Institute professors.
- A FastForward-based company that licensed JHU technology to engineer new proteins and DNA variants.
- A Johns Hopkins spinout developing a mobile sensor and app system to manage asthma and COPD.
- A Spark Baltimore-based startup commercializing UMB-developed technology that brings software into the drug discovery process.
- A Johns Hopkins spinout developing technology that helps doctors catch blood clots faster after patients have reconstructive surgery. The company is based at Johns Hopkins’ FastForward incubator.
- A Spark Baltimore-based startup that licensed UMBC technology to develop a high-resolution camera system for surveying and surveillance.
- A Spark Baltimore-based company developing a vaccine to protect fish against Viral Nervous Necrosis. The technology was developed at UMBC.
- A Locust Point-based startup developing a device that would allow patients to be tested by primary care doctors instead of eye specialists.
Who did we miss? Let us know in the comments.