IPIRA Startups

IPIRA Startups


Brief Description

Atoco was created to leverage decades of advancements in reticular chemistry and nanotechnology to fight climate change. The company is tackling the causes of global warming and the resulting water scarcity by developing sustainable and transformational solutions in the fields of Atmospheric Water Harvesting and CO2 Capture – all built upon Professor Omar Yaghi’s discoveries in molecularly engineered materials. When Yaghi pioneered reticular chemistry in the 1990s, he did not envision that this breakthrough could change the world. He was more focused on the task at hand:...

Neomorphic Software

Brief Description

Neomorphic uses proprietary software algorithms and computing infrastructure to analyze, assemble and annotate genomic and expressed gene sequence data. Neomorphic's bioinformatics capabilities have been demonstrated in several scientific settings, including the Drosophila annotation jamboree sponsored by Celera Genomics, and the Genome Annotation Assessment Project. Through these efforts, Neomorphic demonstrated that its tools are the most accurate at identifying genes and other regulatory regions within genomic sequence. Neomorphic's work with its collaborators on...


Brief Description

Developing a novel class of molecules, aza-@-tides, that mimic the structural features of natural amino acids. These can be synthesized from amino acid precursors in either direction using standard peptide synthesis methods, facilitating the assembly of libraries incorporating all the amino acid building blocks.

Timeline 2004. Company founded Inventors

Paul Bartlett, Ming Chen Hammond, Stephen Olson, Scott Phillips, Miroslav Rezac

Lucira Health

Brief Description Lucira Health is revolutionizing the way infectious diseases are prevented, diagnosed, and monitored by developing the tools necessary to empower people to become knowledgeable about their health. We produce inexpensive, disposable health diagnostic hardware that transforms any smartphone into a portable, real-time health-monitoring device for rapid, accessible, multiplexed analysis of bodily fluids anywhere in the world.

Formerly known as Diassess, Inc.

Lucira Health had an initial public offering on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the ticker symbol of LHDX...

Cortera Neurotechnologies

Brief Description

Cortera Neurotechnologies, Inc. designs medical devices aimed at revolutionizing the treatment of incurable neurological conditions. The company's mission was to deliver innovative products that improve patient care, quality of life and advance neuroscientific research.

Rikky Muller (PhD ’13 EECS) invented the company's foundational technology, a micro-electrocorticography (ECoG) device, as a PhD student in electrical engineering and computer sciences at UC Berkeley. The small implant — as thin as plastic wrap and as flexible as a soft contact lens — can record...

Aclima Inc.

Brief Description

Aclima’s platform combines leading-edge sensor technology, climate science, and an enterprise software back-end to generate high-resolution maps of emissions across pollutants – from CO2 and methane to particulate matter. Aclima fills a fundamental need in climate risk management by making hyperlocal emissions data and insights accessible and standardized, at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods.

Timeline 2007. Company founded 2013. Product in market Inventors


5Plus Therapeutics

Brief Description

5Plus Therapeutics combines patent-pending software with the motion-sensor technology of Microsoft's Kinect to accurately measure functional range of motion across multiple conditions and injuries as it relates to activities of daily living (ADL).

The diagnostic software delivers an intuitive 3D assessment and progress report of the client’s functional movements to improve clinical outcomes and engage client participation.

Timeline 2013. Company founded Inventors

Ruzena Bajcsy, Richard Abresch, Aaron Bestick, Jay Han, Gregorij Kurillo,...


Brief Description

Iaterion is a biopharma company developing novel therapeutics for women's health and diseases. The company develops targeted selective nuclear receptor drugs addressing multiple indications encountered by women and focuses on novel drugs as an alternative to menopausal hormone therapy (MHT). The company was founded to commercialize a novel discovery made by UC Berkeley Adjunct Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences Dale Leitman, MD, PhD, for nuclear receptors reprogramming (NRRP) agents.

Iaterion's team brings decades of experience in the bio-...

GenEdit, Inc.

Brief Description

GenEdit develops innovative therapies through targeted delivery of genetic medicines. The GenEdit founders share the vision that recent scientific advancements in engineering CRISPR components and delivery vehicles offer a groundbreaking opportunity to develop safe and effective medicines for genetic diseases.

The company's proprietary Polymer nanoparticle can deliver CRISPR protein and gRNA. CRISPR in a protein form has many advantages, delivery has been a challenge limiting its application. To deliver CRISPR protein, encapsulation of CRISPR ribonucleoprotein (RNP...

Discera Inc.

Brief Description

Discera develops and markets micro-electrical mechanical system-based timing solutions for consumer, enterprise, industrial, and communication markets. The company offers timing and clock oscillators, including differential, standard, high stability high temp, programmable, and miniature oscillators; and multi-output clock generators, I2C/SPI programmable oscillators, and pin configurable and programmable oscillators. The company's products are used in the mobile market, including smartphones, tablets, and E-readers.

The company was founded by UC Berkeley Professor...