The proactivity of some researchers has led to the creation of several Spin-Offs in high-technology fields such as health tech, new materials, energy and Robotics. Moreover, other new companies are currently being launched.
Is a start-up dedicated to improve the rehabilitation process making it simpler and more affordable, thanks to new sensors and services meant to help the Physical Therapists (PTs). The system comprises a wearable device able to interpret muscular activity, and an intuitive mobile App to give a new approach to rehabilitation. More has been designed for rehabilitation, but it lends itself to being applied in many scenarios such as sports and fitness or industry 4.0 to interact with machines and robots.
3Brain manufactures and distributes a Multi-Electrode-Array platform to support research in neuroscience and drug discovery. By providing unique large-scale, high-resolution functional imaging technology, 3Brain is today the best-in-class solution for in-vitro and ex-vivo electrophysiology studies. The BioCAM represents the first extracellular recording platform to study large networks of neurons and electrogenic cells recording out of 4096 electrodes integrated in a single chip.
Advanced Microturbines srl is an IIT Spin off based on an IIT patented technology. It deals with the technical and commercial development of a 1-Euro-coin shaped small turbine conceived to generate small but strategic amounts of electric energy in remote areas where it is not possible or convenient to use cables, but where air or gas pressure is available. The product can make the energy distribution network more efficient and supply the necessary energy to sensors of “off-grid” applications.
BeDimensional is a start-up dedicated to the development of novel materials based on graphene and other two-dimensional crystals for the manufacturing industry. The company will serve the market through a combination of consulting and production activities, which originates from the capability to modify and personalize the characteristics of the two-dimensional crystals to create innovative materials in response to the challenges of modern industry.
Biki Technologies is an IIT spin off focused on developing a computational platform for drug discovery and design. Drawing from the experience of the Computational Chemistry@IIT, Biki Technologies will allow pharmaceutical companies to cut costs and time in developing new drugs by providing a software predictor of molecules binding kinetics.
Circle Garage is an Italian start-up company manufacturing a new concept of wearable devices based on a patented technology developed by IIT. The company was established in 2012 by former IIT PhD student Marco Gaudina to combine his experience in the field of software development, robotics and electronics in the industrial sector with concepts and methods coming from the research world.
HiQ HiQ-Nano is a nanotechnology-oriented company focused on the design, fabrication and characterization of high-quality nanoparticles. The company exploits its strong scientific expertise in nanofabrication, nanobiotechnology and material science to satisfy the demanding needs of both academic research and industrial players. HiQ-Nano provides highly monodispersed and stable nanoparticles, with a low batch-to-batch variability, accurately characterized for their shape, size distribution, charge, and agglomeration state.
Movendo Technology is a medical company spin-off of the Italian Institute of Technology. The company develops medical devices using advanced rehabilitation technologies effective, simple to use and with whom to interact easily. The first device marketed is Hunova: an innovative robotics platform for the functional evaluation and the rehabilitation of the lower limbs and body. Movendo Technology comes from the Rehab Technologies Facility of IIT which is a research initiative created to develop and realize new prosthetic, orthotic and rehabilitation devices of high technological impact. The spin-off company has been funded by Sergio Dompè, chairman of the homonymous biopharmaceutical group.
The company was founded in USA in 2015. NeoKera Pharmaceuticals is involved in the development of some drugs (preclinical and clinical phases) in collaboration with University of California, Irvine.
Optogenix develops, produces and sells new devices to deliver light into the brain with revolutionary versatility and minimized invasiveness, overcoming the limitations inherent in the devices currently available on the market.
Piezoskin aims to implement systems to recover wind energy using slight ventilation areas where small wind turbines are not able to generate energy. The main applications for Piezoskin solutions will be in the building and construction markets.
An IIT Spin-Off focused on the development of biodegradable plastics from natural products through a non-fermentative chemical synthesis process. Polipo production methods allows to obtain several advantages, among which: synthesis flexibility, a better control over the polymer’s properties, a better integration of the process. Main fields of the developed technology are: agriculture, biomedical fields and packaging.
Politronica operates in the field of digital manufacturing, developing functional materials and technologies for printed electronics and for 3D printing applications. Politronica’s mission includes HW / SW development as well as the production of special materials, in an environmentally responsible manner.
QBRobotics develops innovative devices to exploit soft robotics technologies. At present, the company’s main devices pivot around the design and development of soft robotic muscles and robotic hands. The robotic muscles exploit the principles of variable stiffness actuation and take the form of robotic “building blocks” to be assembled according to need. These technologies were developed with the aim of bringing sophisticated and ground-breaking research from cutting-edge laboratories to robotics enthusiasts making it available and accessible to all.
Ribes Tech is a spin-off originated from a research partnership between the Center for Nano Science and Technology (CNST) @ IIT Milano and OMET, a printing machines company, with the purpose of developing a polymer based, roll-to-roll printed photovoltaic technology. This conjunct effort resulted in the creation of a novel process for printable plastic photovoltaic modules which allows to integrate integrated energy sources in consumer products and smart buildings. Several application in B2B market are in the launch phase aiming to replace standard power sources.
Sensing Electromagnetic Plus
The basic need that SEM+ plans to fulfill is twofold: nonconventional touch-screen solutions, including curved or flexible surfaces, which are needed in next generations consumer electronics as well as in many other industries to allow deeper and more intuitive interactions between users and devices; flexible pressure sensors, allowing improvement of the design of a number of objects, from shoes to car seats to truck tires.
SmartMicroOptics (SMO) is a spin-off company of the NBT department of IIT. SMO aims to provide the possibility of viewing the micro world to everyone through a family of innovative products in the field of microscopy, consumer electronics and micro-optics. The company was set up as a result of the research activities on imaging systems for neuroscience investigation.