Celebrating Columbia's Recent Start-up Successes; IP for Entrepreneurs class
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Celebrating Columbia Start-up Successes; IP for Entrepreneurs class

Dear Colleagues,
Happy thanksgiving from Columbia Technology Ventures! Although still early in the academic year, we are excited to celebrate with some of Columbia’s start-ups on their recent successes.

  • Chromation, a low-cost, programmable spectral sensor platform and Columbia start-up out of Electrical Engineering Professor John Kymissis' lab, recently received $1 million in funding. 
  • eBrevia, based on technology out of Computer Science Professor Kathy McKeown’s lab, recently raised $1.5 million in seed funding from Connecticut Innovations and a number of seed and angel investors. Using machine learning techniques, the company’s software can extract and summarize legal provisions from a wide array of legal documents, with applications for legal due diligence, contract management, and document drafting. 
  • Genia, a start-up based on a NanoTag sequencing approach from both Dr. Jingyue Ju’s lab in Chemical Engineering and from Harvard’s Dr. George Whitesides, was acquired by Roche for $125M in cash and up to $225M in contingency payments.
  • Seamless Devices, based on a novel technique in analog signal processing developed in the lab of Electrical Engineering Professor Peter Kinget, was recently launched with a multi-million dollar commitment from Allied Minds. The technology brings “bits to life” and has applications across consumer electronics, telecommunications, instrumentation, network hardware, healthcare devices, transportation and military systems.
  • Wordseye, based on research done in Computer Science Professor Dr. Julia Hirschberg’s lab, recently launched and has already received seed funding. Wordseye is a fun web and mobile application that lets anyone create 3D scenes by simply describing them - a totally new form of visual expression on social media. 

Congrats to all for these exciting accomplishments! And speaking of tech-based entrepreneurship, Jeff Sears (Columbia’s Chief Patent Counsel) and I will be teaching our Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs and Managers class this Spring. This zero-credit class is open to all current Columbia undergraduate and grad students from across the University. We have great speakers lined up from the Fortune 500 (Google, IBM, Nokia, Yahoo), venture capital (NEA, Matrix Partners, Foundation Medical Partners, Osage), the patent world (USPTO, premier patent prosecutors and litigators), patent assertion entities (Acacia, Teleshuttle), entrepreneurs (Infinio, Phosplatin Therapeutics), and emerging models for patent monetization (IPXI; Patent Properties, Drug Royalty International). Registration for the class is open now -  register here.

Best wishes,

Orin Herskowitz
Executive Director, CTV
VP for Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer

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