Entrepreneurial Activity

Entrepreneurial Spirit Emerges
from within the
Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering

NanoPore logoNanoPore, Incorporated was founded in 1993 by former UNM Professor Doug Smith with the purpose of commercializing high porosity/high surface area materials for a wide range of applications including adsorption, gas separation, advanced thermal insulation, low-K dielectrics, and optics. The core technology has been further developed and led to new companies such as NanoCool and Kevothermal.

NanoCoolSince 2005 NanoCool has produced cost-effective, compact and unconventional (on-demand!) temperature controlled packaging using innovative technology. NanoCool develops, tests and manufactures its products at company headquarters in Albuquerque. NanoCool is continuously applying our various technologies to introduce new products to the market place, most recently launching a line of shippers for frozen applications. NanoCool is a subsidiary of NanoPore Incorporated

KevothermalWe have changed our name! Nanopore Insulation, LLC is now Kevothermal™, LLC. Kevothermal vacuum insulation panels offer a step change improvement in thermal performance leading to lower energy costs, reduction in product cube, higher quality and entirely new product forms.

CabotSuperior MicroPowders was founded in 1997 by Dr. Toivo Kodas and Dr. Mark Hampden-Smith, two leaders in the field of aerosol processing of materials. In 2003 Cabot Corp purchased the high-tech materials manufacturer Superior MicroPowders. Cabot Superior MicroPowders develops powder-based materials for a variety of high tech applications, from fuel cells to electrical and lighting systems.

Lotus Leaf CoatingLotus Leaf Coatings, Inc. is a New Mexico-headquartered corporation, which manufactures and distributes superhydrophobic (HydroFoe™) and superhydrophilic (HydroPhil™) coatings. All of our coating products are manufactured in the US. Dr. David Kissel is one of the original inventors of Lotus Leaf Coatings’ technology, and has been with the company since its inception. Kissel was the first Ph.D. graduate from the NanoScience and Microsystems program at the University of New Mexico.

OncothyreonUNM began collaborating with Alpine Biosciences on the protocell platform in 2013. The protocells were developed by a multidisciplinary team of scientists led by Professor Jeff Brinker at the University of New Mexico (UNM), the UNM Cancer Center, and Sandia National Laboratories. In 2014 Oncothyreon, a biotechnology company dedicated to the development of oncology products that can improve the lives and outcomes of cancer patients, purchased Alpine Biosciences. The acquisition of Alpine and its protocell technology brings to Oncothyreon a delivery platform with the potential to revolutionize multiple therapeutic fields.

Parjarito PowderPajarito Powder, LLC (PPC) is a venture-backed company founded with the mission of being the world’s first commercial manufacturer of drop-in replacement non-platinum fuel cell catalysts. The company’s intellectual property was developed in conjunction with UNM’s Professor Plamen Atanassov and other leading US universities in collaboration with the US Department of Energy.

Eta Diagnostics

Eta Diagnostics, Inc. (ETAD) is a New Mexico C-Corp devoted to the development and commercialization of the high throughput “massively parallel” flow cytometry technology invented by  Professors Steven W. Graves and Andrew P. Shreve. The Company’s disruptive technology holds great promise in a variety of life science applications, including the detection and analysis of Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs).

Historical Patent Information For CBE, ChNE, CMEM, CBME, CEET To Date through 3/31/2015

Number of issued patents                                      83

Number of Patent Applications Pending             139

Number of invention Disclosures                          307