Conference to feature university startup companies

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Posted March 31, 2021 by Alyssa Amen

Registration is open for DeepTechU, a free virtual conference featuring 48 startup companies from Midwest national labs and research universities, including the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

The April 20-22 conference is open to the public, with a focus on university researchers, industry collaborators and venture capital investors. It will showcase companies in the following industry tracks: industrial technology, hardware and software, energy, and life sciences. NUtech Ventures, the university’s commercialization affiliate, is a conference partner.

Participating startups affiliated with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln include:

Drone Amplified: The company is developing fire-fighting drone technology to manage controlled burns. Carrick Detweiler, Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of computer science and engineering, is the company’s chief executive officer.

Synbiotic Health: The company is developing synbiotics, a combination of beneficial gut bacteria and the fuel that feeds them. Founding faculty include Bob Hutkins, professor of food science and technology; Andrew Benson, professor of food science and technology and director of the Food for Health Center; Tom Burkey, professor of animal science; and Jens Walter, adjunct professor of food science and technology.

Virtual Incision: The company is developing a miniature surgical robot for conducting minimally invasive abdominal surgeries, such as colon resections. Shane Farritor, Lederer Professor of Engineering, is the company’s chief technology officer.

Epicrop Technologies: The company is developing epigenetic technology to improve crop yields. Founding members include Michael Fromm and Sally Mackenzie, both former Nebraska faculty members.

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