The faculty and students in the Department of Chemistry have made an impact on the world beyond academia by creating startup companies based on their research. Below is a listing of the currently active companies that have resulted from research in the University of Illinois Department of Chemistry.
- ANDalyze, Champaign IL and Boston MA
Professor Yi Lu - ANDalyze manufactures instruments for quick on-site testing and analysis of water for heavy metal contamination.
- Cooledge Lighting, Burnaby BC Canada
Professor John Rogers - Cooledge Lighting makes flexible sheets of led lights that are cool and can be incorporated into structural forms.
- Glucosentient, Champaign IL
Professor Yi Lu - Glucosentient produces Personal Glucose Meters that can quantitatively and conveniently detect non-glucose molecules. The instruments are used for environmental monitoring, drug testing, immunoassay diagnostics and molecular diagnostics.
- INI Power Systems, Inc., Morrisville NC
Larry J. Markoski (undergraduate researcher with Jeffrey Moore) - INI Power is an alternative energy company providing generator and hybrid power solutions.
- MC10, Cambridge MA
Professor John Rogers - MC10 produces thin flexible electronics that are used in a wide variety of devices for consumer, medical and industrial benefit.
- Metabolomx, Mountain View CA and West Palm Beach FL
Professor Kenneth Suslick - Metabolomx specializes in optoelectronic sensing of metabolites from an individual's breath for disease detection.
- Obiter Research, LLC, Champaign IL
Dr. William Boulanger (1985 PhD with Katzenellenbogen) - Obiter Research specializes in in custom contract chemical research and manufacturing of difficult or complex chemical compounds.
- Protasis, Magnetic Resonance Microsensors, Marlboro MA and Savoy IL
Professor Jonathan Sweedler - Protasis designs target molecule purification and analysis instruments for the structural biology and proteomics markets.
- Radius, Waltham MA
Professor John Katzenellenbogen - Radius is a biopharmaceutical company focusing on making therapeutics for patients with osteoporosis and other endocrine-mediated diseases.
- Revolution Medicines, Inc., Redwood City CA
Professor Martin Burke - Revolution Medicines synthesizes original compounds using Burke's "chemical building blocks" process. Third Rock Ventures launches Revolution Medicines with $45 million.
- Semprius, Inc., Durham NC
Professor John Rogers and Professor Ralph Nuzzo - Semprius designs and manufactures high efficiency solar modules. They make concentrator photovoltaic modules for use in solar panels with the use of a micro-transfer printing process.
- Simbiosys, Champaign IL
Joseph R. Peterson, PhD. and John A. Cole, Jr., Ph.D. - Simbiosys simulates a patient’s unique breast tumors for precise, standardized treatment that accounts for the particular combination of characteristics present.
- Spectral Data Services, Champaign IL
Professor Eric Oldfield - Spectral Data Services is a NMR contract testing facility, providing NMR results with GLP/GMP compliance. They prepare protocols, study reports, provide method validations, and conduct audits and inspections.
- Spectroclick, Champaign IL
Emeritus Professor Alexander Scheeline and Bùi Anh Thu′ - Spectroclick produces hand-held spectrometers.
- Tiptek, Champaign IL
Professor Gregory Girolami, Scott Lockledge (1990 PhD with Klemperer), Professor Joseph W. Lyding (ECE) - Tiptek is a manufacturer of ultra-hard and ultra-sharp probes for atomic force microscopy (AFM) applications.
- Transient Electronics Inc., Brookline MA
Professor John Rogers - Transient Electronics is developing biodegradable electronics.
- UT Dots, Champaign IL
Dr. Yuri Didenko (1999-2005 Visiting Scientist with Suslick) - UT Dots manufactures and sells conductive silver, gold and platinum nanoparticles for printed electronics.
- Vanquish Oncology, Champaign IL
Professor Paul Hergenrother - Vanquish Oncology is a drug development company that focuses on targeting unexploited molecular defects in cancer cells to create therapeutics for unmet or underserved cancer markets.
- X-Celeprint, Cork, Ireland
Professor John Rogers - This business develops and licenses patented Micro-Transfer-Printing (µTP) technology for specific applications.