NC State research leads to innovative new companies
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NC State research leads to innovative new companies

ImagineOptix, a company developing a revolutionary projection technology for phones and other uses, is just one of the startup companies launched by the North Carolina State University research community.

The company is commercializing technology developed by Dr. Michael Escuti, head of the Opto-Electronics and Lightwave Engineering Group in NC State’s College of Engineering, who has been honored by the White House for his scientific work. Company officials say the technology they’re developing will allow anyone to easily share presentations, photos and movies with crisp and clear resolution.

“We’re now shifting from ‘research mode’ to ‘production and sales mode’ with the technology,” Erin Clark, president and CEO of the company, explains.

ImagineOptix and its peers exemplify the university’s commitment to helping researchers take cutting-edge research to the marketplace.

The university’s New Venture Services provides customized support for faculty and student projects and startups. The goal is to create stronger, more viable early–stage companies that are poised for future success. Specifically, New Venture Services provides mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs, business launch planning and assistance building management teams.

NC State’s support “also offers the startup companies visibility that helps to attract interest from investors and prospective early stage stakeholders,” adds Russell Thomas, who leads New Ventures services.

Check out just a few of NC State’s recent startup companies, listed in alphabetical order.


ImagineOptix is developing the world’s smallest, lowest-cost, and most battery-efficient “personal projectors” for consumer electronics. Additional products provide novel solutions to polarization challenges in optics.


This filtration system removes blood phosphates during dialysis, extending the lives of those with chronic kidney disease and reducing or eliminating associated medications. Katharos is a joint venture between NC State and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Oryx Bio

Based on NC State’s Centennial Campus, Orxy Bio is a spin-out of the College of Engineering. Its bioseparations technology platform will improve the manufacturing of therapeutic biological products. Oryx acquired Ligamar in early 2012.


This nanoparticle-based therapy uses a plant virus to deliver therapeutics into a cell and its nucleus, technology developed in NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Polymer Braille

A book-size electronic reading device for the blind and visually impaired will convert pages to Braille dots that rise up through the screen. The product could increase Braille literacy, a key for employment for the blind.


An intelligent, electric supercharger will improve the performance of motorcycles and cars.

Vapor Pulse

Using a new method for applying nanocoatings developed in the College of Engineering, Vapor Pulse has initial markets for fabric protection, defense, and healthcare applications.


Using unique advances developed in NC State’s College of Engineering, this team produces quality nanofibers for filters and medical uses using a unique, liquid-based process. Xanofi is now operational with several customers.