Alabama Launchpad

Alabama Launchpad helps high growth companies start, stay and grow in Alabama while supporting, advocating, and recognizing entrepreneurship statewide. Alabama Launchpad is a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama. Please click "Continue" in the bottom right-hand corner to view our interactive timeline showcasing startup competition winners, Phase 0 Award recipients and Innovation Award winners.

Space Resources Extraction Technology, Inc.

Space Resources Extraction Technology, Inc. is developing and testing microwave technology for extracting water (along with other volatiles) from planetary permafrost. This in-space water will be used for human habitation, radiation protection, and to produce in-space rocket propellant. Utilization of In-space resources will save the high launch costs and higher costs to deliver payloads to other planetary surfaces. To greatly reduce Earth launch mass, propellant to return from the Martian surface will be manufactured with in-situ resources (i.e. water, CO2) on the surface of Mars for manned exploration missions. A microwave probe can penetrate deep below the surface and extract water (vapor) below water depleted layers near the surface and where water ice is more concentration. We will test the efficiency of water extraction radiating microwave energy with our microwave probes in simulated Martian permafrost simulant under vacuum (i.e. 5 torr). We have shown that microwaves will penetrate regolith, heating in-situ. As the regolith heats, water ice sublimes to water vapor that will flow out of the regolith and can be funneled through a conduit in the probe to a remote cold trap. Microwave water extraction has been demonstrated in our lab by beaming microwaves with a microwave horn. We will validate that the process works with microwave probes and water extraction rates will be measured. It is a simple vapor transport process, efficient, less complex, and a lower mass method for volatiles prospecting and water mining. The process will eliminate the need for excavation and associated mining equipment, it can save the mass/costs to deliver excavation, mining and regolith handling equipment to Mars as well as the Moon. This method would reduce the cost/mass that has to be delivered to the moon ($1M/kg) and Mars ($10M/kg).

Halo Monitoring

Halo Monitoring and myHalo are now part of MobileHelp, the first and only medical alert system to offer you the ultimate in independence, confidence, freedom and peace of mind. MobileHelp is America’s leading provider of M-PERS (Mobile-Personal Emergency Response System) technology. Based in Boca Raton, Florida, MobileHelp services clients in all 50 states. MobileHelp develops and distributes market leading products such as DUO, the first fully integrated medical alert system with GSM/GPS technology, SOLO, an innovative alert solution for people without home telephone lines and Classic Help, a traditional Medical Alert System. MobileHelp’s M-PERS devices are integrated with nationwide wireless voice and data and GPS technology to provide real-time medical monitoring services and location tracking for expedited personal emergency assistance. MobileHelp also offers Caregiver Tools, an innovative event notification and online tracking platform for families and caregivers. MobileHelp, has built a reputation for quality and affordable solutions for personal protection and peace-of-mind in or away from your home.

Vulcan Analytical

Vulcan Analytical‘s mission is to provide state-of-the-art proteomics services and software for customers in the pharmaceutical, in vitro diagnostics, contract research, and academic sectors. Dr. Mike Heaven started Vulcan Analytical in 2010 to provide automated software solutions to eliminate persisting issues with mass spectrometry based comparative proteomics. The problems addressed by the software are: 1) the requirement to perform isotope labeling or tagging for accurate relative quantification; 2) limited sensitivity; 3) difficult to understand results reports.

Tennibot

Tennibot™ is a robotic roaming tennis ball collector. Tennibot is a patent pending device that utilizes sophisticated sensors, a unique ball collecting mechanism and an open source object identification algorithm to collect tennis balls effortlessly in a short amount of time. Tennibot solves a major frustration for tennis players, who waste their time collecting balls all over the court. To put it in simple words, Tennibot is an automated personal ball boy that never gets tired. Tennibot won $1,000 in the 2015 People’s Choice Award Contest.

IPC Foam

IPC Foam is a proposed structural materials company based on a novel composite foam invented by Hareesh Tippur, professor in Auburn’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, and his former graduate student, Rahul Jhaver. The lightweight material has improved strength and energy absorption properties over similar products currently available on the market, and could see applications in the aerospace, maritime and automotive industries.

Inventure Renewables

Sutterlin Technologies, now Inventure Renewables, placed third in the 2010 competition. Affiliated with the University of Alabama, Sutterlin Technologies developed a slow-release pheromone technology for control of the coddling moth in fruit orchards. Inventure Renewables provides process technologies for the rapid, low-cost, high yield extraction of mixed sugars and other value-added derivatives from waste biomass and agribusiness residues. Its patented Mixed Super Critical Fluid technology can be used to convert a host of low-value biomass – including cane bagasse, rice straw, corn stover, corn cobs, palm fiber and farm and forest residues – into sugars, high grade pulp, biochemicals and fuel. These materials can be used in used in conventional biofuel oleochemical and fermentation pathways to produce ethanol, or upgraded into a range of chemical intermediates to form fuels, plastics, and other valuable products.

Millitherm, Inc.

Millitherm, Inc. is a medical device company, currently developing a Millimeter Wave Flowmetry (MMWF) technology and method for non-contacting, non- invasive measurement of blood flow in human skin. There are numerous clinical and non-clinical situations in which the measurement of skin blood flow would be a useful and meaningful indicator of circulatory function, including diagnosis and management of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), often associated with Type 2 diabetes, and vascular patency in skin flaps.

ArchPatent

ArchPatent was founded on August 25, 2011 in Rocket City USA (Huntsville, Alabama). Our founders share a passion for solving the complex, real world challenges that customers encounter in the high capacity management of data. ArchPatent is committed to providing patent professionals with cutting edge real time solutions that deliver accurate, insightful analysis.

IOLITEC

In June 2009 IOLITEC incorporated its US distribution subsidiary in order to improve our services to customers in the USA, Canada and Mexico. The US headquarters are located at the AIME Bldg at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The operative business at the subsidiary started in February 2010. From the US entity a selected portfolio of currently 50 in-stock items is available to customers in the USA, Canada and Mexico. However, all products from IOLITEC’s catalogue are available on request. In addition custom manufacturing of ionic liquids is offered. A catalogue of our ionic liquids portfolio with prices for all products in US-$ is available on request. All products are available in quantities from lab over pilot plant to industrial scale.

Innovative Composite Solutions

Innovative Composite Solutions specializes in the design, development and manufacture of high-end thermoplastic composite components for the military, aerospace, mass transit and other high demand industry sectors. A thermoplastic composite material is a lightweight, recyclable, heat-reversible and fiber-reinforced plastic. The company provides turnkey solutions for the replacement of metal components and structures in applications that demand improved performance.

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