Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Announces Presenting Companies

ANN ARBOR — Organizers of the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium have announced the 32 companies that will be presenting at the 34th annual event that matches emerging companies with venture capital.

The companies represent each of this year’s tracks, including medical devices, diagnostics, therapeutics, healthcare IT, business IT and technology. Additionally, now in its second year, the University Research “Pitch” Track session will feature five technology transfer units of Midwest research universities, which will profile several of their emerging companies.

Hosted by the Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance and the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, both part of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, this year’s symposium will be held May 19 and 20 at the Marriott Eagle Crest Resort in Ypsilanti.

Since its inception in 1980, the event has helped more than 800 companies secure funding totaling more than $1 billion in capital and has forged relationships that continue to foster growth in the region’s startup community. More than 400 entrepreneurs, researchers, investment professionals and business executives are expected to attend, and nearly 100 regional and top national venture capital firms will be represented.

The two-day event will host dozens of industry speakers, including keynote addresses from Bill Coughlin, president and CEO of Ford Global Technologies, and Brad Keywell, CEO and co-founder of Uptake and co-founder of Groupon.

Michigan-based companies scheduled to present include:

* PiSquared Therapeutics, an Ann Arbor company developing new cancer treatments.
* Functional Fluidics, a Detroit company working on new blood diagnostic technologies.
* Upland Nanotech LLC, a company based in Hancock in the Upper Peninsula that has developed a rapid sensing technology used for food pathogen detection and drug-level concentration that can yield results within 20 minutes, not 12 to 24 hours like current technologies.
* Epsilon Imaging, an Ann Arbor company that has developed EchoInsight, software that provides cardiologists with enhanced visualization to assist in interpreting and analyzing images.
* ArborMetrix, the Ann Arbor developer of cost and quality management software for health care.
* Mountain Labs, an Ann Arbor company started by a team of University of Michigan students that has developed Symport, a cloud-based data management platform for healthcare providers and research organizations.
* Biovigil Healthcare Systems Inc., an Ann Arbor company that has developed technologies for better hygiene in healthcare settings.
* Armune BioScience Inc., a Kalamazoo company that develops and
commercializes molecular diagnostic and prognostic tests for prostate, lung, and breast cancers that may allow physicians and patients to make more personalized treatment decisions.
* NanoRete, a Lansing company that has developed rapid pathogen detection technology.
* Delphinus Medical Technolgies, a Plymouth company that has developed SoftVue, a new platform for ultrasound imaging of the breast. It’s a spinout of technology developed at Wayne State University and the Karmanos Cancer Institute.
* FlexDex LLC, an Ann Arbor company developing new tools for minimally invasive surgeries.
* eScapes Network LLC, a Monroe company that is developing “relaxation television” that combines soothnig music with high-definition scenery from around the globe.
* Court Innovations Inc., an Ann Arbor company developing online negotiating software and systems for courts.
* Promote Social, an Ann Arbor company developing social media-based lead generation technology.
* Varsity News Network, a Grand Rapids company that offers a suite of products – Sportshub, Pressbox and VNN Alerts – for scholastic athletic teams.
* 401K GPS, a Brighton-based developer of financial management technology.
* Stratos, the Ann Arbor developer of payment card technology that combines all of a user’s cards — credit, debit, loyalty, gift, and more — into a single Bluetooth-enabled card.
* Banza, the Detroit-based maker of high-protein pasta made from chickpeas.
* Histosonics, the Ann Arbor system that has developed a system for disease treatment that uses focused ultrasound.
* LifeBlood, a company spun out of Michigan State University research that is working on several products in blood chemistry.
* Blaze Medical Devices, the Ann Arbor developer of novel testing products for blood cells.
* Neuvokas Corp., based in the Upper Peninsula’s Ahmeek, which has developed GatorBar, a basalt fiber reinforced polymer rebar for use in construction.
* SkySpecs, an Ann Arbor developer of technologies that simplify flying unmanned aerial vehicles.
* SurClean Inc., a Wixom company that has developed hand-held laser-based coating removal products intended to replace other methods of coating removal like chemicals, sandblasting and abrasives.
* ONL Therapeutics, an Ann Arbor biopharmaceutical company pioneering research with the intent of treating retinal diseases and other eye conditions that may lead to vision impairment.
* Seat Side Service, an Ann Arbor company that has developed a cloud-based mobile app that allows users to purchase concessions directly from their phone.

“The sense of enthusiasm and devotion coming out of this year’s presenting companies is palpable, and serves as a true testament to the talent and increased entreprenuerial spirit continuing to heat up throughout the Midwest,” said David Brophy, founder of the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium and UM professor of finance. “This type of synergy and collaboration is what the region needs to keep the wheels of the entrepreneurial economy turning.”

To register to attend MGCS 2015, and to see the full list of presenting companies, visit www.MichiganGCS.com. Follow conversations about the symposium by tracking #MGCS2015 on Twitter.

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