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Current Client Firms

ION Indicators formerly changed our name to ION Biosciences in 2019 to better reflect our mission and purpose. Originally focused solely on fluorescent indicators, ION Biosciences' broader mission includes creating complete solutions to the ongoing challenges faced by life science investigators. To this end, ION opened bio-labs at Texas State STAR Park in San Marcos, Texas as well as in Nashville, Tennessee. The labs will allow in-house, bio-validation of the new technology we generate. ION Biosciences is updating our web presence to better reflect our mission and initiatives.

Contact: Taylor Pahnke,


Established in 2008, MicroPower Global is the leading producer of cutting-edge thermoelectric devices that are three to four times more efficient than others, can operate in extreme temperatures and generate up to a kilowatt of electricity per kilogram. Small size, light weight and flexible integration capability make MicroPower devices ideal for multitude of applications in heat-to-electricity conversion. From portable power generators for military and consumer markets to large scale power co-generation and waste heat recovery systems for industrial clients, MicroPower solutions provide clean and affordable energy on demand while helping the environment by reducing harmful emissions. Texas State University's STAR One is home to MicroPower's first volume production line planned to reach full capacity by the end of 2020.

Contact: Tom Zirkle, or Ed Sadjadi,


Paratus Diagnostics is a point-of-care diagnostics company developing an accurate, small, low cost, and very convenient in vitro diagnostic device suitable for use in a doctor's office or clinic for the rapid detection of the cause of such common ailments as respiratory infections, periodontitis (gum disease), gastrointestinal diseases, urinary tract infections, and sexually transmitted diseases. The Company’s launch product is the ParatusPerio® Test for periodontal disease detection in a dental office, and is scheduled for submission to the FDA for clearance later this year. Future products will address the detection of possible acts of bio-terrorism for defense and homeland security applications as well as products to detect tropical diseases for use in the developing world. Paratus Diagnostics is the winner of the 2017 Innovation Company of the Year by the Association of University Research Parks.

Contact: Jane Shipwash,


PetaOmics., Inc. is a life sciences firm focused on functional genomics, epigenomics, and DNA methylation sequencing. The company is developing innovative approaches that facilitate the epigenetic analysis of human cells, which are applicable to all human cell types. The company will commercialize reagent kits designed to enable ground-breaking experiments in genomics and epigenomics. Some of the new research approaches enabled by PetaOmics kits and related technologies will facilitate the study, from an epigenetic standpoint, of chronic, complex diseases such as autoimmunity and the metabolic syndrome. Information generated using PetaOmics technologies will be of value for biomedical research, pharmaceutical drug discovery, and development of diagnostic tests.

Prior to founding PetaOmics, Dr. Paul Lizardi was a Professor of Pathology at Yale University. He is the primary inventor named on 25 issued patents which collectively have been licensed to over 80 commercial entities. In the year 2006 Dr. Lizardi was named by the Journal Nature Biotechnology in their short list of the 75 most influential scientists in life science technology development.

Contact: Dr. Brent Ferguson,

The 21st Century will be The Quantum Dot Era. The ability of mass producing Quantum Dot products for fulfilling needs from various commercial applications is clearly a game changer. High quality, high quantity, and lowest price quantum dots will increase the rate of change and new products will cascade into the marketplace once manufacturers learn to integrate higher efficiency/luminescence quantum dots into their products. This level of change represents a new paradigm that will create new industries, products, and jobs in science and industry. The list of possible quantum dot applications is ever expanding.

Contact: Steve Squires,


Sempulse was created for the men and women of our armed forces. With the constant reminders of the dangers our military men and women face in training and combat, Sempulse began developing sensor systems designed specifically for the harsh conditions of battlefield triage spread across the globe. We then realized that we could enhance the entire existing prehospital and multiple casualty spaces with our FieldVitals solution. We are a collection of biomedical, hardware, and software engineers and former U.S. Military Officers located in Arizona, California, Texas, and Illinois. Our Advisory Board consists of Fortune 50 executives, high-ranking U.S. Military flag officers, CEO-tenured physicians, and Tier 1 medical operators. Sempulse is the winner of the 2019 Innovation Company of the Year by the Association of University Research Parks.

Contact: Sean Bauld,


STAR One hosts Student Entrepreneurial Teams pursuing potential commercialization of new products, process, and services. Three student startups have been selected to participate.

Graduated Client Firms

Blueshift International Materials was founded in 2013. As pioneers in the advanced materials industry, Blueshift created AeroZero, the revolutionary polymer aerogel. With precision and mastery, it provides a wide range of performance properties to serve not only as a composite material, but to empower innovative product design.