Our Startups

TTIC staff facilitates the creation of start-up companies by working with faculty to identify applications for their technologies, refine the business case, and identify public and private funding to advance their discoveries.

We have helped researchers tap into venture networks that provide not only funding potential but also mentoring for first-time inventor founders. The TTIC further catalyzes start-ups by building relationships with sources of private funding (such as angel, seed-stage, and venture investors), by proactively seeking corporate research collaborations, and by supporting selected translational research through the Tufts Launchpad | Accelerator program.

The TTIC also helps investigators tap public programs such as MassBio and MassConnect and funding sources such as the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program of the federal government. To encourage a culture of technology transfer and entrepreneurism, the TTIC provides seminars on intellectual property development and start-up company formation.

It takes passion, hard work, and vision to bring academic discoveries to the marketplace. The TTIC is privileged to work with Tufts inventors and their promising new technologies—as well as our licensees—as they transform early-stage discoveries into market-ready products.

Selected Tufts University Start-Ups (1997 to present)

1997 Paratek Pharmaceuticals – Omadacycline for antibiotic-resistant infections
1997 Securos – Veterinary orthopedics
1998 Illumina – Microarray genotyping instruments; 7,000 employees worldwide
2000 Serica (Allergan) – Soft tissue support/repair
2007 Quanterix – Single-molecule arrays for ultrasensitive biomarker detection
2011 iCreate to Educate (HUE) – Stop-action movie animation software
2011 Hemera Biosciences – Gene therapy for treatment of age-related macular degeneration
2012 GliaCure – Therapies for neuro-cognitive disorders, Alzheimer’s disease
2012 Vaxess Technologies – Silk-based therapeutic and diagnostic reagent stabilization and microneedle delivery
2013 Kinderlab Robotics – Childhood software/hardware programming kit
2014 Sofregen Medical – Silk-based tissue/dermal fillers
2015 Visual Classrooms – Interactive learning and collaboration environment
2018 Bach Biosciences – Cancer therapies
2018 Endo Guidance Technologies – Fiber optic-based shape and position tracking for endoscopy
2018 Cambridge Crops – Natural, edible solutions for extending freshness of foods
2018 Hopewell Therapeutics – Intracellular drug delivery platform
2019 Jersey Biosciences – Flexible guide RNA cloning system for CRISPR/Cas9 applications
2019 Dynocardia – Wearable blood pressure monitoring device
2019 PhagePro – Fast onset, oral therapeutic for prevention of cholera
2019 ZwitterCo – Cost-effective treatment of challenging wastewater
2019 Visiogene – Cell-penetrating peptides for delivery of ocular therapeutic
2019 Adecto Pharmaceuticals – Targeted therapies for aggressive ADAM8-positive cancers
2020 Morphoceuticals – Drug cocktail with apparatus for limb and tissue regeneration
2020 Transport Phenomena Technologies – Rapid evaluation and optimization of thermal systems
2020 Anodyne Nanotech – Low-cost fabrication of microneedles