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Most inventions disclosed to UNeMed are at an extremely early stage of development, and industry partners typically require additional research data before entering into formal relationships. In such a circumstance, new corporate entities are often the most appropriate avenue for product development.

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Active Startups

Here’s a selection of active startups that got their start from University of Nebraska innovations. Most are still in early-stage product development and fundraising.

AcademicEdgar+
Burch Kealey, Ph.D., developed and licensed software to make EDGAR searches more efficient. Dr. Kealey, an accounting associate professor of at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, developed the program as a way to solve frustrations he encountered during a large research project.
Actorius Pharmaceuticals
Actorius Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Formed around an siRNA delivery system developed in the lab of Joe Vetro, Ph.D. The siRNA delivery system helps protect the siRNA from degradation and can be used to improve systemic administration of siRNA-based therapies. Actorius Pharmaceuticals is currently developing the siRNA delivery technology to treat various forms of cancer including breast cancer.

Alievio
Alievio
Originally named Camras Vision, the startup was founded on an intraocular pressure device developed by the late Carl Camras, M.D., a UNMC physician. His daughter, Lucinda, founded the company.
Automated Assessments
Automated Assessments
We provide medical devices to assure the future of medical decisions” or “Providing providers validated data that changes people’s lives assuring the right decision.

BreezMed
Breezmed
Breezmed is a health informatics startup developing a new platform to ease workflow around prior authorizations. Breezmed streamlines the different documents insurance companies often require, making it easier for patients to get their prescriptions.

CareCubes
CareCubes
Carecubes provides portable, modular negative-pressure isolation chambers designed to allow rapid access to patients while protecting front-line workers.

ECD Measure
ECD Measure
ECD Measure helps build better lives for young children around the world through data.

Exavir
Exavir
Exavir is developing an ultra-long acting antiretroviral portfolio that is a multi-class arsenal for HIV treatment and prevention regimens. Their agents are de-risked by existing antiretrovirals already proven to work at target drug exposure levels. Exavir’s next-generation formulations and CRISPR-based technology are aimed eradicating HIV.

Impower Health
Impower Health
Impower was created on a remarkable innovation developed at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s world-class Biomechanics facility: The world’s first biomechanics-based self-pacing treadmill. The treadmill relies on a coordinated sensor system and algorithm to detect the user’s center of mass and leg swing velocity to sense the user’s position and adjust speed accordingly.

NeAT Surgical
NeAT Surgical
Omaha startup is based on a freehand-navigated, computer-aided orthopedic surgery system developed at UNMC. NeAT Surgical’s handheld saw and its tracking system could eliminate the need for complex and expensive jigs that are used today in joint replacement surgeries. It could also dramatically reduce the amount of surgical training and specialized support staff, cutting the overall cost of the procedures and making them more accessible to a wider range of patients throughout the world.

Precision Syringe
Precision Syringe
Precision Syringe is built on a technology invented by ophthalmologist Donny Suh, MD, who wanted more precision and dexterity when administering eye injections on children. The result is the Suh Precision Syringe, an elegant one-handed syringe that allows clinicians to quickly and accurately perform delicate injections with almost shocking ease. The transformative device dramatically improves patient comfort and care.
Prommune Inc.
Prommune Inc.
Late UNMC researcher Sam Sanderson, Ph.D., founded Prommune to develop his innovation, EP-67, a protein formulation that can serve as a platform to activate and enhance the natural immune system for a number of conditions. Prommune is currently focused on using EP-67 to deliver a more effective vaccine for the H1N1 virus in pigs. In the future, Prommune hopes to expand to other conditions and perhaps human use.
ProTransit NanoTherapy
ProTransit NanoTherapy
Co-founded by former Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Gary Madsen, Ph.D., ProTransit Nanotherapy is based on the work of former UNMC researcher Vinod Labshetwar, Ph.D., who is also a co-founder in the Omaha-based startup. ProTransit is developing a nanoparticle as a delivery vehicle for antioxidant enzymes to the deepest layers of the skin. The final product could be a topical application such as skin cream or sun lotion that better protects the skin against cancer, blemishes and wrinkles. There is also potential for additional applications that include treatment for some spinal cord injuries or certain types of brain damage.
Radux Devices, LLC
Radux Devices, LLC
Greg Gordon, M.D., a former interventional radiologist at UNMC and the Veteran’s Administration, is commercializing new tools that help reduce radiation exposure. The devices also reduce the stress and strain often experienced by interventional radiologists, improving their work flow, efficiency, career longevity and quality of life.
RespirAI Medical
RespirAI Medical
RespirAI is a medical device startup in the pulminary, cardiovascular, and long-term care spaces currently collaborating with Jennifer Yentes, PhD at UNO Biomechanics, Stephen Renard, MD at UNMC College of Medicine and their team to commercialize innovative respiratory monitoring devices.
ScanMed Enterprises
ScanMed Enterprises
ScanMed was created in the 1990s when UNMC faculty member Randy Jones, Ph.D., commercialized MRI coils he created. ScanMed later escaped the economic downturn by pivoting into a service company that repairs MRI scanning coils. More recently, ScanMed has enjoyed significant growth and now uses its repair service to bankroll some of the most innovative MRI coil designs in the world, including a novel prostate cancer screening coil that could dramatically improve a physician’s ability to make the earliest possible diagnosis.

Suh Hermsen Strap
Suh Hermsen Strap
Suh Hermsen Strap is a leading innovator creating vision solutions for special needs and requirements that traditional eyeglass manufacturers can’t or won’t address. Suh Hermsen Strap sells hundreds of ergonomic surgical loupe head straps monthly to dentists, ophthalmologists, surgeons, and jewelers, etc. Suh Hermsen Strap is also developing modular glass frames with a pediatric focus.

University Medical Devices, Inc.
University Medical Devices, Inc.
University Medical Devices, Inc. is built on MicroWash, an innovation developed by clinicians in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine. MicroWash offers a fast and painless solution to collecting samples with nasal swabs. The device is a self-contained nasopharyngeal irrigation tool, elegantly designed to collect specimens to test for common diseases like COVID-19, Influenza, RSV, and Rhinovirus.
Vireo Systems
Vireo Resources
Nebraska manufacturing startup Vireo Systems was established in Plattsmouth, Neb., about 20 miles south of Omaha. Vireo manufactures popular muscle-building health supplements that were developed at UNMC, Creatine Ethyl Ester and Creatine HCL. Vireo eventually outgrew its first facility, expanding into a larger space in 2012. More than 20 Nebraskans are employed at Vireo, which holds more than 40 manufacturing contracts.
Virtual Incision Corporation
Virtual Incision Corporation
Virtual Incision was born out of a collaboration between UNMC surgeon Dmitry Oleynikov and UNL robotics engineering professor Shane Farritor. Together, the cofounders are developing miniaturized surgical robots that could transform highly invasive major surgeries into minimally invasive procedures. Their surgical platform has also shown potential for remote surgical applications, and has undergone zero-gravity testing with NASA. In 2015 alone, Virtual Incision raised more than $11.2 million, entered their first human trials in 2016 and was granted FDA clearance in early 2024.
VisionSync
VisionSync
VisionSync is an innovative cloud-based software solution meticulously designed to empower organizations in architecting, refining, and executing strategic plans with unparalleled efficiency and precision. As a comprehensive platform, VisionSync seamlessly integrates the vital components of strategic planning, enabling users to craft, manage, track, and report on multiple strategic initiatives within an organization effortlessly.

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