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Client Firms

Current Client Firms

EnVault, a creative and forward-thinking multidisciplinary group, is passionate about building a greener tomorrow through novel technologies. Our first goal is to liberate mobile businesses from their dirty and expensive fossil-fuel vehicle-mounted generators. 

Contact: Matthis Herrera, matthis@Vault-0.net


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, tpahnke@ionbiosciences.com

Website: www.IONBiosciences.com


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, tom@micropower-global.com or Ed Sadjadi, ed@micropower-global.com

Website: http://micropower-global.com/


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, jane@paratusdiagnostics.com

Website: www.paratusdiagnostics.com


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, brent.ferguson@petaomics.com


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, ssquires@qamdots.com

Website: http://www.quantummaterialscorp.com/


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, sean.bauld@sempulse.com

Website: sempulse.com


Terra Solar is making solar energy more accessible by reducing the high installation costs associated with small-scale solar. We are developing simple assembly kits that provide directed-use solar for residential, commercial and civic applications. With rapid, user-friendly installation, we eliminate the complexity and time requirements of traditional solar panel installation. Terra Solar Kits provide an easy, quick mechanism for more users to tap into clean energy.

Contact: Jennie Yoshimoto, jenyoshi1@gmail.com

Website: Coming Soon


Tripology was created in 2019 to bring the process of finding, booking and conducting educational field trips into the digital age. Our mission is to empower educational institutions and help more students experience the world. Tripology is developing an online platform and marketplace that gives providers and planners the most extensive and complete field trip directory that exists to date. In light of COVID, Tripology is in the process of developing additional offerings to support small and medium field trip providers in creating and offering virtual field trips for K-8 students, as well as providing virtual field trip resources to educators.

Contact: Nicole Pennington, nicole@gotripology.com

Website: www.gotripology.com


Varian Medical Systems has joined STAR Park to undertake product integration studies involving microspheres used in drug delivery. Varian was attracted to Texas State by the availability of state of the art private chemistry labs, the ability to pursue collaborations with faculty in the Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry and access to students in order to create a talent pipeline for the company.

Website: www.varian.com


WATTRII, a startup firm developing alternative energy storage technologies is joining Texas State University's STAR One technology business incubator. Incorporated in the state of Texas, WATTRII is working to create solid state battery prototypes for use in a wide range of applications such as smartphones and electric vehicles. Availability of state-of-the-art private chemistry labs, access to core campus facilities, opportunities to collaborate with faculty, access to Entrepreneurs in Residence, and the potential to create a future talent pipeline of Texas State students were all factors in the selection of STAR One as their location.

Contact: Joshua Kim, info@wattrii.com

Website: www.wattrii.com


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.

Website: www.blueshiftmaterials.com