Norris Institute

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Norris Institute Portfolio Companies

(listed in order of investment, more recent first)

 

Naiku
Marketing software-as-a-service tools to help grades 3-12 educators to assess, automatically grade, respond to and compile learning performance statistics on individual students, classes, grades and schools.
www.naiku.net

Cognific
Launching interactive web tools to make psychotherapy and other patient-provider interactions more effective. Founder Solome Tibebu '12 entrepreneurship graduate and founder of non-profit Anxiety in Teens.
www.cognific.com

Protege Biomedical
Developing RapidClot (TM) Blood Coagulant Products to rapidly stop bleeding in minor cuts and other wounds. Founders Michael and Susan Wuollett '10 M.B.A.

River Systems
Helping to keep seniors "thriving in place" (SM) with the HomeStream system, an integrated technology platform that keeps the elderly and disabled connected with family, caregivers, community and church, and with home support vendors.
www.riversysllc.com

CRAM Worldwide
Developing a new concept in encrypted distribution of digital content for business, health, entertainment and education.
www.cramworld.com

 
Growan Energy

Designing and testing a new type of biodiesel processor for on-site agricultural and municipal fuel production. Founder and CEO Jared Poling '08 business economics, and CFO Cameron Carson '10 entrepreneurship.

Dejen Digital

Expedites admission to university arts programs, popular summer arts programs, music and dance festivals and professional arts organizations by providing digital storage and transfer for audio, video and image materials customized for each organization's screening and admission procedures. 
www.dejendigital.com

Xollai

Developing an optical autonomous landing system for unmanned aircraft and other guidance applications. Founded by 2008 St. Thomas School of Engineering graduates Robert Malecki, Anthony Giang, Lue Her and Ryan Thompson.
 Acquired by ReconRobotics in March 2012.

Apinee
The Ojibwe word for "everlasting," Apinee is introducing a new technology for environmentally friendly wood modification that strengthens wood fibers in lumber products while protecting against damage from water, microbes, insects and other factors that limit the lifetime and strength of wood products exposed to the elements.

Streamline
The Streamline IV Suspension System eliminates the balance and maneuverability issues with IV poles and provides a bed mount that elevates the IV system for safe and efficient patient transport. Founded by St. Thomas entrepreneurship students Peter and Sam Blankenship and Dustin Thompson.
www.streamlinesafe.com

 
MedNet World

Electronic access to health care patient and insurance information for providers, payers, emergency personnel and other health care providers any time and any where while fully protecting patient privacy.
www.mednetworld.com  

Seeonic

"Actionable Intelligence" RFID data monitoring service for manufacturers, distributors and category managers to use in preventing out-of-stock or over-stock conditions, and for remote inventory management.
www.seeonic.com

Aloft Technologies

Lightweight aviation headsets that provide passive noise reduction with high quality audio communication to pilots and passengers who prefer an in-ear microphone rather than heavy wraparound headsets that cover the ear and can block out flight-critical sounds. Director of market development is Megan Waterman '05 M.B.A.
www.clarityaloft.com

Upside Data

Web software that automates the development and maintenance of mailing lists.
www.upsidedata.com

Cinemotion

Producer of digital audiovisual marketing for the automobile, wedding and real estate industries. Founder and CEO Ben Anderson is a 2005 entrepreneurship graduate of the Opus College of Business.
www.automotiontv.com

ReconRobotics

Sells small, durable robots that can be thrown or directed into a military, police or industrial situation and then remotely controlled to provide video surveillance without risking human lives. CEO Alan Bignall is an alumnus of the Opus College of Business' Executive MBA program.
www.reconrobotics.com

IGF Oncology

Testing a new therapy for cancer that combines insulin growth factor with existing chemotherapy drugs. Exited in October 2010.
www.igfoncology.com

IntelAccount

Provides outsourced accounts payable processing from invoice receipt to final payment, using web tools to enable clients to see scanned invoices and authorize payment, improve fraud prevention and archiving, while reducing client company A/P costs by 40 to 60 percent.
www.intelaccount.com

Protective Chemistries

Custom coatings to prevent mold and other damage to building materials, food processing and storage surfaces and consumer products.
www.protectchem.com

Wound Care Technologies

Marketing the DermaClose(TM), an external tissue expander and wound closure device for acute wounds from trauma, skin cancer, or skin ulcers and for some chronic non-healing wounds.
www.woundcaretech.com

Closys Corp.

Developing a medical device for closing the entry site in the femoral artery after catheterization procedures. CEO is Gervaise Wilhelm '84 M.B.A. 
www.closyscorp.com

College Nannies & Tutors Development

Franchise centers that "foster a child's happiness and success through academic and development growth." Founder Joe Keeley is a 2003 entrepreneurship alumnus. Exited in December 2009.
www.collegenannies.com

ecoEnvelopes
Two-way envelopes for transactional mailings to save costs and resources.
www.ecoenvelopes.com

Virtuosos Music Academy
Music education in a convenient, comfortable, high-tech settings. Founder Angela Jaskowiak Mueller is a 2004 entrepreneurship and finance alumna.
www.virtuososonline.com

Entropy Solutions
Greenbox(TM) Thermal Management System reusable containers with passive temperature control to keep contents cold or hot for up to five days.
www.entropysolutionsinc.com

Constant Data
Real-time monitoring, multi-location backup software used by NASA, AOL and others. Acquired by BakBone Software November 2005.

PhonElect
Giving everyone, regardless of physical ability, location or time, access to the polls.

Financial Marketing Solutions
Web platforms that integrate financial and insurance planning and monitoring into one easy-to-use portal.
www.financialmsi.com

Affinety Solutions
Online registration, scheduling, payment and financial reporting for community education and school districts. Founder Steve Holewa is 1981 alumnus. www.affinetysolutions.com

CDMdata
The DigitalLot Solution wearable computer for managing automobile inventory. Acquired by Kelley Blue Book Co., March 2004
www.cdmdata.com

FarmingSource

Web tools for farm managers to improve efficiency in ordering supplies. Founded by Jay Schaper '03 M.B.A.
www.managethefarm.com