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|