Success Stories2018-07-19T11:11:41+00:00
August 23, 2012

Success On the Technology Commercialization Path

The same process that keeps paint on car bumpers may keep fillings in your teeth longer. Engineers at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Missouri-Kansas City have created a plasma brush for dentists. It uses a cool “flame” to clean and prep teeth for filling in about 30 seconds. The flame alters
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August 20, 2012

Shamerrific

Principals: Christina Scott and Kevin Neighley shamerrific.com Not many people can say they’ve washed more than a quarter million cars, in under a minute each, with a microfiber-chamois shammy that’s not much larger than a sheet of paper. Christina Scott and Kevin Neighley have. They are the co-inventors
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August 20, 2012

Old World Spices

Principals: John Jungk, Amy Jungk, Elizabeth Benteman, and Jill Meinhardt oldworldspices.com Walter Jungk told his son John that pizza, more than likely, was only a fad. It’s a good thing John Jungk didn’t listen. Pizza seasonings were the original impetus behind many years of spice learning, training, and
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August 20, 2012

Matrix Medical

Principals: Ivan E. Brown, Ph.D. and Janet Greene Brown matrixmedkc.com Matrix Medical solves old medical problems with new ideas. Its product line comprises a variety of sports medicine devices that help patients return to normal activities after surgery or injury. From tennis elbow braces to ankle wraps to
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August 20, 2012

Flava Cap

Principal: Craig Valentine www.flavacap.com Vitamin water, bottled tea, energy drinks, fruit drinks: the bottles sit on the shelves as the premixed ingredients drift to the bottom of the bottle or lose their potency. And single-serve powered mixes are messy and easily spilled. Flava Cap has figured out a
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August 20, 2012

Plug Projects

Principals: Caleb Taylor, Nicole Mauser, Amy Kligman, Misha Kligman, and Cory Imig www.plugprojects.com PLUG Projects was formed in early 2011 by five Kansas City artists. A fresh gallery with a fresh perspective, PLUG is not only a curatorial collaboration between these artists, it’s way to enrich and expand conversations
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August 20, 2012

Lala Studio

Principal: Lisa Lala www.lalastudio.net Pay off parking tickets. Start a family charitable foundation. Stop biting my nails. Die on my own terms. Download better music. These, and thousands more, are the scribbled goals that make up Lisa Lala’s List Wall Project. Originating in Kansas City in 2009, the
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August 20, 2012

Jane Gotch Dance

Principal: Jane Gotch www.janegotch.com  What if what people really wanted was not a spectacle but an intimate human connection? That’s the motivation behind Jane Gotch’s art—and the question behind WE!, an innovative, collaborative installation dance performance staged in an abandoned downtown office space formerly occupied by AT&T. WE!
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August 20, 2012

Chris Dahlquist Fine Art

Principals: Chris and Kyle Dahlquist www.chrisdahlquist.com Chris Dahlquist learned to use a camera and develop pictures as she was learning to ride a bicycle and write in cursive. Her school years were spent doing science fair projects where she’d test the photographic medium, learning the rules just so
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August 20, 2012

Bread! KC

Principals: Sean Starowitz and Andrew William Erdich breadkc.wordpress.com BREAD! KC has found a novel way to feed “starving artists.” A microfinancing organization, BREAD! KC provides a sustainable, democratic means of supporting the Kansas City creative community. To do that, it hosts monthly migrating dinner parties to raise money
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August 20, 2012

Innovaprep

Principals: Dave Alburty, Carol Pranulis, and Andy Page innovaprep.com There’s a serious gap in biological detection technologies between the size of real-world environmental and clinical sample volumes and the size of sample volumes that can actually be analyzed by biological detectors. InnovaPrep’s technologies fill that need. InnovaPrep improves
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August 20, 2012

EV Instruments

Principals: Denise Moser, Robert Casper, Rudy Valenzuela, and Troy Lentz www.evinstruments.com One dashboard to rule them all. That’s the mission behind MiMod®, EV Instruments’ flexible and customizable digital dashboard for electric and high performance vehicles. Through its touchscreen, MiMod allows drivers of electric cars to monitor the vehicle’s
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August 20, 2012

Craig Safety Technologies

Principals: Brenda Craig craigsafetytechnologies.com Companies typically scatter their safety data, training, and compliance across computer files, paper documents, spreadsheets, and accounting programs—neither an effective nor an efficient solution. Craig Safety Technologies integrates all areas of compliance and risk management into a simple, cloud-based software solution, its Compliance Safety
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August 20, 2012

Androjek

Principals: Dr. David Brown, Michael Jackson, and David Orwick androjek.com Sixty percent of infertility in couples is due to male infertility issues, yet historically, fertility treatments have focused on women, causing disruptive time-consuming and expensive treatments. AndroJek is working to solve that with innovative screening and diagnostics for male
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