IPIRA Startups

IPIRA Startups

Sonera Magnetics

Brief Description

Magnetometers are nearly ubiquitous in today’s world, fueling applications as diverse as medical diagnostics and self-driving cars. The most sensitive magnetometers, however, can only operate at extreme temperatures and in a shielded environment that isolates the sensor from ambient magnetic fields. Sonera Magnetics is developing a magnetometer that can operate at room temperature and in portable form factors with sensitivity comparable to the best magnetic sensors available today, dramatically increasing potential applications.

Co-founders Dominic Labanowski and...

Solidus Biosciences, Inc.

Brief Description

Solidus' mission for the pharmaceutical industry is to improve the process of new drug development by providing proprietary decision-enabling technology to enhance drug safety, efficiency, cost, and, thereby, productivity from investment in new drug research and development.

Formerly known as Solidus Networks. Inc.

Timeline 2005. Company founded. Inventors

Douglas Clark, Jonathan Dordick


Brief Description

SMART Pad is commercializing a completely redesigned Chemical Mechanical Planarization (CMP) pad for the semiconductor industry. CMP processes have not changed much since their introduction by IBM in 1983, consisting of polyurethane polishing pads, polishing slurries with abrasive particles and pad conditioners for pad resurfacing.

SMART Pad co-founder Sunghoon Lee developed the company's foundational technology while earning his PhD in the lab of UC Berkeley Professor of Mechanical Engineering David Dornfeld.

Timeline 2018...

Caribou Biosciences Inc.

Brief Description

Caribou Biosciences is a clinical-stage CRISPR genome-editing biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing transformative therapies for patients with devastating diseases. The company’s genome-editing platform, including its Cas12a chRDNA technology, enables superior precision to develop cell therapies that are armored to potentially improve activity against diseases. Caribou is advancing a pipeline of off-the-shelf cell therapies from its CAR-T cell platform as readily available treatments for patients with hematologic malignancies and autoimmune diseases.


Scribe Therapeutics

Brief Description

Scribe is focused on the engineering, delivery, and development of next-generation CRISPR molecules to rewrite and repair the underlying cause of genetic disorders. The molecular engineering company was spun out of discoveries in the lab of UC Berkeley Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology and Nobel Laureate Jennifer Doudna. Doudna co-founded Scribe with company CEO Benjamin Oakes, who received a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from UC Berkeley in 2017, where he worked in the Doudna Lab and Savage Lab, UC Berkeley Associate Professor of...

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...

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,...