The proactivity of some researchers has led to the creation of several start-ups in high-technology fields such as health tech, new materials, energy and robotics. Moreover, other new companies are currently being launched.
IIT start-ups and start-up projects are looking for investors or business partners coming from financial and/or industrial related sectors.
Acoesis is an innovative startup, born to design, build and sell technological solutions for sensory augmentation. Our social challenge is to improve the quality of life of people that live in noisy and crowded places. Our first product is Glassense, the first pair of glasses the focus on voice. Glassense allows to focus on the voice of a person by just looking at her/him. It helps humans to better understand speech in noise, therefore increasing social inclusion. The startup has won the Ligurian Smart-Cup and the Silver Economy Grant 2019 of the City of Genoa.
Advanced Microturbines srl is an IIT start-up based on an IIT patented technology. It deals with the technical and commercial development of a 1-Euro-coin shaped small turbine conceived to generate small but strategic amounts of electric energy in remote areas where it is not possible or convenient to use cables, but where air or gas pressure is available. The product can make the energy distribution network more efficient and supply the necessary energy to sensors of “off-grid” applications.
BeDimensional is a start-up dedicated to the development of novel materials based on graphene and other two-dimensional crystals for the manufacturing industry. The company will serve the market through a combination of consulting and production activities, which originates from the capability to modify and personalize the characteristics of the two-dimensional crystals to create innovative materials in response to the challenges of modern industry.
Biki Technologies is an IIT start-up focused on developing a computational platform for drug discovery and design. Drawing from the experience of the Computational Chemistry@IIT, Biki Technologies will allow pharmaceutical companies to cut costs and time in developing new drugs by providing a software predictor of molecules binding kinetics.
Circle Garage is an Italian start-up company manufacturing a new concept of wearable devices based on a patented technology developed by IIT. The company was established in 2012 by former IIT PhD student Marco Gaudina to combine his experience in the field of software development, robotics and electronics in the industrial sector with concepts and methods coming from the research world.
FLEEP is a platform for the realisation of smart systems on plastic foil. FLEEP gives intelligence to the plastic by developing integrated circuits realised only with polymer materials and manufactured through scalable printing techniques. We integrate our Printed ICs with flexible and printed sensors, batteries, solar cells and displays to realise astonishing new products for new user-product interaction. Currently we develop POC projects with corporates who are willing to better understand and test how flexible circuitry, and printed electronics in general, fits their products and innovation pipeline.
After 10 years of scientific research experience, Genoa Instruments wants to change the optical microscopy industry and research with a novel super-resolution microscope. The mission is to spread super-resolution imaging to all research laboratories.
HiQ HiQ-Nano is a nanotechnology-oriented company focused on the design, fabrication and characterization of high-quality nanoparticles. The company exploits its strong scientific expertise in nanofabrication, nanobiotechnology and material science to satisfy the demanding needs of both academic research and industrial players. HiQ-Nano provides highly monodispersed and stable nanoparticles, with a low batch-to-batch variability, accurately characterized for their shape, size distribution, charge, and agglomeration state.
Kyme NanoImaging srl proposes innovative formulations to reduce side effect and low efficacy of clinically approved Contrast Agents for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) by combining them with biomaterials though the use of patented nanotechnologies.
Morecognition is a start-up dedicated to improve and give a new approach to the rehabilitation process making it simpler and more affordable. The Motion Recognition REMO system comprises a wearable device able to interpret patient’s muscular activity and an intuitive mobile App meant to help the Physical Therapists (PTs). It lends itself to being applied in many scenarios such as sports and fitness or industry 4.0 to interact with machines and robots.
Movendo Technology is a medical company start-up of the Italian Institute of Technology. The company develops medical devices using advanced rehabilitation technologies effective, simple to use and with whom to interact easily. The first device marketed is Hunova: an innovative robotics platform for the functional evaluation and the rehabilitation of the lower limbs and body. Movendo Technology comes from the Rehab Technologies Facility of IIT which is a research initiative created to develop and realize new prosthetic, orthotic and rehabilitation devices of high technological impact. The start-up company has been funded by Sergio Dompè, chairman of the homonymous biopharmaceutical group.
The company was founded in USA in 2015. NeoKera Pharmaceuticals is involved in the development of some drugs (preclinical and clinical phases) in collaboration with University of California, Irvine.
Optogenix develops, produces and sells new devices to deliver light into the brain with revolutionary versatility and minimized invasiveness, overcoming the limitations inherent in the devices currently available on the market.
Organic Bioelectronics offers devices and solutions for personalized sensing of the signals from the human body. Our technology, developed from multidisciplinary research at IIT in Ferrara, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia e Università di Ferrara, enables the design and production of sensors that are easy-to-use, ultralight, impalpable, low cost and low power, but above all, that communicate with us in real time. Applications range from skin integrated diagnostics, to monitoring the state of well-being, to measuring chemical parameters related to physical activity/performance, to agrifood and environmental monitoring.
Piezoskin aims to implement systems to recover wind energy using slight ventilation areas where small wind turbines are not able to generate energy. The main applications for Piezoskin solutions will be in the building and construction markets.
An IIT start-up focused on the development of biodegradable plastics from natural products through a non-fermentative chemical synthesis process. Polipo production methods allows to obtain several advantages, among which: synthesis flexibility, a better control over the polymer’s properties, a better integration of the process. Main fields of the developed technology are: agriculture, biomedical fields and packaging.
Politronica operates in the field of digital manufacturing, developing functional materials and technologies for printed electronics and for 3D printing applications. Politronica’s mission includes HW / SW development as well as the production of special materials, in an environmentally responsible manner.
QBRobotics develops innovative devices to exploit soft robotics technologies. At present, the company’s main devices pivot around the design and development of soft robotic muscles and robotic hands. The robotic muscles exploit the principles of variable stiffness actuation and take the form of robotic “building blocks” to be assembled according to need. These technologies were developed with the aim of bringing sophisticated and ground-breaking research from cutting-edge laboratories to robotics enthusiasts making it available and accessible to all.
Ribes Tech is a start-up originated from a research partnership between the Center for Nano Science and Technology (CNST) @ IIT Milano and OMET, a printing machines company, with the purpose of developing a polymer based, roll-to-roll printed photovoltaic technology. This conjunct effort resulted in the creation of a novel process for printable plastic photovoltaic modules which allows to integrate integrated energy sources in consumer products and smart buildings. Several application in B2B market are in the launch phase aiming to replace standard power sources.
SmartMicroOptics (SMO) is a start-up company of the NBT department of IIT. SMO aims to provide the possibility of viewing the micro world to everyone through a family of innovative products in the field of microscopy, consumer electronics and micro-optics. The company was set up as a result of the research activities on imaging systems for neuroscience investigation.