An academic spin-off is a company whose activities, products and/or services are based on knowhow, technology and/or research results generated at the university or at one of its university colleges (AUHA). Creation of spin-off companies is one way of valorizing technologies developed at the AUHA and is an alternative for licensing to an established business. An overview of the spin-offs of the AUHA are listed below :
Purna Female Healthcare (“PFH”) develops and commercialises an innovative combination therapy for the treatment of severe and recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (rVVC). It is a spin-off founded by Purna Pharmaceuticals NV and Creafund NV in partnership with Hyloris Pharmaceuticals. PFH has exclusively in-licensed antifungal Miconazole with Domiphen Bromide (MCZ-DB) and associated IP owned by the University of Antwerp and KU Leuven.
The company designs and produces high quality, comfortable FFP2 and FFP3 respirators, and other personal protective equipment is the facility in Belgium.
Anicells, a spin-off of the University of Antwerp and the Antwerp University Hospital, is built on the expertise of people specialized in clinical development and manufacturing of cell therapy products. Anicells facilitates and guides the go-to-patient strategy of cell therapy developers by offering regulatory support, development-on-demand, and GMP-compliant manufacturing of cell-based investigational medicinal products. The facilities have multiple sterile cell-processing cleanrooms with classification B and C, including cell-purification devices as well as a QC lab.
The innovative technology of DigiTrans enables transport and logistics operators to benefit from any data or information at their fingertips, in their own working environment, in the format they require and at the moment it is most useful for them. According to own estimations, the manual bundle of data for daily planning purposes costs a middle-size transport company up to EUR 150.000 per year.
Complex soil contamination is often accompanied by an endless and expensive remediation process, caused by the uncertainty about how it is actually spreading below ground. Our technology measures the speed and direction of contaminant spreading underground over a certain period.
Froomle believes user experiences should be much smarter and more relevant than they are today. Froomle's machine learning software enables consumer-facing companies to make their user experiences smart and relevant based on historical interaction data.
PrediCube is a new tech startup that uses advanced big data technology to predict which online users are interested in a product, allowing targeted advertising on premium websites.
Status: exit in 2018.
CareerCoach offers a particularly complete, validated and cloud-based toolkit for self-directed career management, based on the most recent scientific models. The tools provide insight into personal career path motivators and pitfalls, into the person-organization fit and relationship, and into the psychosocial balance between the energy and stress levels at a specific career path stage. The tools are primarily intended for individuals on a crossroad in their careers as well as for organizations building a career management policy that addresses the issues of today’s and tomorrow’s employment reality.
Hysopt, established in 2014, focuses on modern simulation technology into the daily practice of the HVAC designer. To innovate current design processes for HVAC installations, Hysopt develops and commercializes software to optimize the design and its design time The customers of Hysopt are HVAC designers working with different stakeholders who are involved in a HVAC project. All commercial products and services are based on Hysopt software that was developed as a combination of a design tool and simulation software.
Ciblis develops and distributes globally web based library software. It is a spin-off of the ICT intermunicipal association CIPAL with also UAntwerpen – the original developer of the software – and LRM as shareholder.
The Brocade software is used by academic, public and specialized libraries, but also documentation centers, archives and musea. Different libraries are able to collaborate in networks thanks to the ‘cloud’-framework. Ciblis has many installations in Belgium and the Netherlands and is even leader in South-Africa with more than 900 implemented libraries.
Novosanis NV, created in 2013, designs and develops medical devices for a variety of applications, ranging from injection appliances to in vitro diagnostics. Their goal is to improve health and patient care and to offer a better quality of life through sustainable technologies. The company currently has two devices in development: VAX-ID, suited for intradermal injections, and Colli-Pee, suited for collection of first void urine.
BrightSpec NV/SA combines vast technical experience in the field of radiation detection and engineering with widespread proficiency in sales and marketing of nuclear and X-ray instrumentation. Furthermore, the group possesses a good knowledge of modern programming techniques, programming structures and algorithms, databases and data communications, computer and IT technologies.
In collaboration with the University of Antwerp VERHAERT Masters in Innovation® has founded Valita Technology. This technology operates in the area of smart caring concepts and services that increase the life quality of elders. They invent solutions for use within the direct circle of health providers. It is their objective that people can live as long as possible independently with a feeling of safety for all people involved.
The Oxypoint team supports hospitals in reducing oxygen consumption and improving patient comfort. Oxypoint also develops innovative technologies which decreases the oxygen consumption in hospitals even more.
icometrix was founded in 2011 by Dirk Loeckx and Wim Van Hecke as a spin-off company of the leading Belgian universities and university hospitals of Leuven and Antwerp. icoMetrix NV brings new imaging techniques and analysis methods to clinical practice. Today, icometrix is internationally active, with offices in Leuven (Belgium) and Boston (US). In 2015, icometrix’ clinical product received market approval in the United States (FDA clearance), Europe (CE marking), Canada, South America and Australia. In addition, icometrix’ technology is increasingly used as an endpoint in clinical trials and large international research studies. icometrix is ISO9001, ISO13485 (Medical Devices) and ISO27001 (Information Security) certified, and HIPAA compliant regarding Security and Privacy Rules.
NSX is a consultancy company focused on the implementation of Normalized Systems in industrial environments. The increasing architectural complexity and size of software results in an ever increasing test and analysis time when new functionality is added to existing software. Normalized Systems Theory aims at reducing this time, its associated cost and reduced usability by creating evolvable software architecture for enterprise IT systems.
ADx NeuroSciences NV is a Belgium-based biotech company, established in 2011, and committed to improving the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The company identifies and develops novel biomarkers for accurate diagnosis and the effective treatment and follow-up of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.
ADx provides state-of-the-art technologies, broad expertise in medical diagnostics, performance improvement and solutions for delivering more accurate and indispensable tools at a lower cost. The ADx team has been the driving force behind the development, market introduction and commercialization of the most widely used CSF marker assays, which are directly related to the key hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease.
HI10 Security Integrations is a young spin-off of the University of Antwerp. Their core experience is data security and cloud systems architecture. The target objective is to improve security and project efficiency by delivering optimal solutions. HI10 offers consultancy services in the domains of Java, J2EE, high volume transaction systems, high availability, robust systems and data security. Additionaly, they developed together with experts of the UA a product line in digital signature integrations and cloud security projects.
Multiplicom, founded in 2010, is a spin-off of the University of Antwerp and VIB. The company develops, manufactures and commercializes leading-edge and easy-to-use genetic test kits based on the latest molecular diagnostic technologies. Multiplicom’s diagnostic products enable medical genetics and clinical laboratories to meet an increasing demand for molecular diagnostic testing, driven by the scientific evidence that links genetic information to health and disease.
The AtSharp spin-off was founded in February 2010 with the objective of commercializing and marketing of localization technology. Based on the knowledge and technology of the University of Antwerp AtSharp developed the ORCA service: a modular localization platform that supports different localization systems and is able to combine these systems. It is a cloud service that informs applications and users about their actual environment or objects and persons in which they are possibly interested.
Status: exit in 2018.
Viloc is specialized in innovative solutions for equipment management and object security, tailored to the construction industry. Viloc systems also allow to detect any theft instantly.
Meshbone was founded in 2009, as a spin-off from the University of Antwerp and the IBBT, now iMinds. Meshbone’s goal is to provide a new class of flexible and accessible wireless networking technology across a wide range of devices. The Meshbone software enables each node to independently and continuously optimize backhaul and client access (without the need of a centralized controller) resulting in network-wide performance enhancement, in a fully distributed peer to peer fashion. On 22 january 2014, Meshbone was acquired by nCentric which delivers network solutions for dredging and oil and gas companies.
As the world’s first impartial orchestrator for transport and logistics, TRI-VIZOR (2008) proactively designs and operates horizontal partnerships and collaborative communities among shippers. By bundling and synchronizing freight flows across multiple supply networks, we create double digit gains in cost, customer service and sustainability for our clients.
1-OK bvba developed electronic wallets based on the MIFARE technology which means that you don’t have to insert your card in a payment device anymore. Just hold your card in front of a device to process your payment. The system also has the flexibility to choose any kind of wallet shape: a plastic card, a key holder, … and even a mobile phone. The wallet is used for tickets, customer cards, vouchers, … and can be applied to save time at parties, concerts and events.
OCTENS is a technology venture established in 2007 to explore the capabilities of the Ion Selective Electrodes (ISE) technology in a vast range of applications for the determination of organic ionic substances. Their proprietary technology enables robust, sensitive and accurate potentiometric sensors for a wide range of applications. Currently Octens is working on new applications such as titration, pKa analysis and potentiometric HPLC detection.
Mu Technologies is a software company specialized in the area of sound modeling and analysis. They developed an award winning plug-in ‘Mu Voice’ that allows to tune vocal recordings, to apply special effects and to add natural sounding harmonies when mixing tracks. The proprietary spectral analysis and synthesis techniques set new standards in vocal processing providing a unique tool for recording studios.
Nesma Consulting is specialized in supporting and training organizations, teams and individuals in the areas of diversity, gender, non-discrimination, intercultural aspects, communication and conflict solving, citizen participation and spatial processes.
Textkernel is specialized in semantic recruitment technology. Each separate HR application of Textkernel accelerates and improves the process of matching demand and supply in the job market. This applies to all organizations engaged in filling vacancies or finding vacancies for others or for themselves. The integration of each Textkernel application, on a modular or combined basis, can easily be carried out within existing processes.
FLUIDDA is the world leader in the field of Functional Respiratory Imaging (FRI) research and development. The company’s proprietary FRI technology offers pharmaceutical companies and healthcare providers a unique entry point into personalized medicine for patients suffering from respiratory diseases and sleep-related breathing disorders. Implementation of FRI in the clinical practice creates significant added value to the current healthcare standard in the respiratory field.
Digital Cell Imaging Labs (DCILabs) develops software for High Content Screening (HCS, often also referred to as HCA: High Content Analysis). Its focus is on developing software for cellular assays which are based on leading edge digital image processing techniques. DCILabs provides two major services: the development or automation of novel cell based assays for implementation at the customers’ site and a service lab providing in-house screening facilities.
HistoGeneX is specialized in high quality and advanced histopathological techniques for discovery and clinical trials. This company offers services in the areas of ‘oncology and tissue analysis’, ‘molecular techniques’,’ tumor profiling and personalized medicine’. HistoGenex collaborates with several well-known names in the pharma-space, CRO and academic institutions.