University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

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Featured Startups and Technologies


mc10, Inc. is an advanced materials company commercializing conformal, high performance CMOS (complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor) electronics. mc10’s competitive advantage stems from its ability to transform rigid, planar electronics into new types of systems that can bend, stretch and wrap into novel form factors. We use the existing semiconductor industry infrastructure to make these systems, thereby leveraging proven performance and cost competitive economics. mc10 works with partners in a joint development model to prototype and manufacture novel applications for consumer, military, medical and industrial applications.

Eden Park

Eden Park Illumination is a young dynamic lighting technology company anchored in over fifty years of technology heritage through our affiliation with the Laboratory of Optical Physics and Engineering at the University of Illinois. We are leaders in the areas of research, development and commercialization of Microplasma. Our team includes business and technology experts from diverse backgrounds and nationalities who collaborate to innovate and achieve excellence. We are aware of the impact of today’s lighting technologies on our environment, and are continuously working to ensure that the products we develop and sell evolve with the changing needs of the environment.

Diagnostic Photonics

Diagnostic Photonics, Inc. (DxP) is developing an ultra-high resolution, in vivo, microscopic imaging platform for intra-operative use in several clinical settings which collectively represent a $3B market. DxP’s initial focus in cancer will enable in vivo and real time scanning of tumor margins and nearby lymph nodes, giving immediate feedback to optimize surgical efficacy. The result will be fewer repeat surgeries, improved prognoses, lower cost, and higher quality care.

Pattern Insight

Pattern Insight was founded by a team of researchers with cutting-edge expertise in systems mining—Yuanyuan Zhou, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and three members of her research team—Zhenmin Li, Spiros Xanthos, and Qingbo Zhu. At Pattern Insight, we bring powerful data mining technology to the advanced, real-time analysis of every type of system data—code, logs, scripts, and more. Our solutions help you analyze system data at every stage of the lifecycle, and are changing how software-intensive products are developed, tested, and supported. Now shipping, Code Insight, a search and analysis suite for source code, helps development teams with the challenges of managing large code bases.


Semprius is developing low cost, high performance concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) modules to make solar power generation economically viable in sunny, dry climates. The company’s unique micro-transfer printing technology enables CPV modules with high performance, high reliability and low cost with scalability to high-volume production. Semprius is also licensing its micro-transfer printing technology for non-solar applications to enable a wide variety of new products requiring large-area, thin, lightweight form factors, unprecedented performance, high reliability and low cost. Applications include flat-panel displays, flexible electronics, large-area sensors, RF devices and other applications requiring heterogeneous integration of high-performance semiconductors.


ANDalyze offers products for testing water contamination using catalytic DNA technologies. The company has developed a methodology for detecting and quantifying chemical levels based on the recent discovery of the catalytic properties of DNA. This technology and product is a universal platform that offers simple, fast, inexpensive and reliable detection of trace metals and other target chemicals. Company contact and product information can be found at

Cornboard Manufacturing Inc.

Cornboard Manufacturing Inc., is dedicated to sustainable practices. CBMI is passionate about taking biomass residue and manufacturing a wood alternative that can be used in thousands of applications. CBMI processes and systems are designed with the goal of minimizing the utilization of petroleum based fuels and resins. It is important to CMBI to actively seek to create and establish innovative and industry-defining practices to reduce the consumption of natural resources.

Market Maker

MarketMaker was developed as an online marketing resource to give Illinois farmers greater access to regional markets by linking them with processors, retailers, consumers and other food supply chain participants. It is currently one of the most extensive collections of searchable food industry related data in the country and contains over 350,000 profiles of farmers and other food related enterprises in Illinois, Iowa, Georgia, Mississippi, Nebraska, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and New York.

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