In hopes of securing investments to advance their companies, 18 university ventures spun out of Colorado research institutions and federal labs pitched to local and out-of-state investors at the state's Destination Startup showcase on Feb. 27.
The company was cofounded in 2001 by professor Alan "Al" Weimer of chemical and biological engineering and professor Steven George of chemistry and biochemistry, along with CU alumni Mike Masterson and Karen Buechler.
Vu, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, is improving human cognitive functions using an ear-worn device. To bring the technology to customers worldwide later in 2020, he founded Earable Inc., which now has more than 15 employees.
This year's event — hosted again by Venture Partners at CU Boulder on Feb. 27 — will feature 18 startups from CU Boulder, CU Anschutz, CU Denver, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines and NIST.
Randolph, a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, founded VitriVax, a CU Boulder spinout, to commercialize new applications of atomic layer deposition techniques for producing thermally stable vaccines.