A primary goal of the TTO is to foster the development of Montana businesses based
on MSU technology, inventions and research. To that end, more than 60 companies have
been founded based in part on MSU intellectual property, with at least 50 direct spinout companies. Following is a sampling of some of those companies. The TTO looks forward to working
with other companies or entrepreneurs interested in leveraging MSU assets.
NanoMagnetic Solutions develops advanced tools using force modulation to revolutionize
pre-clinical drug discovery for brain diseases.
Resilient Computing was founded in 2020 in order to commercialize computing technology
that has been developed under the direction of Professor Brock LaMeres. Dr. LaMeres'
MSU research team has spent over a decade investigating techniques to increase the
resilience of computers in adverse conditions. Applications of this research include
high-performance space computing and malware-resistant embedded computers.
Turtle Island Tales provides health and wellness educational material for American
Indian families with young children. Our ingredients for a healthy family include
inspiring stories, recipes, games, and parenting help.
BLOCKY’s data lineage tooling lets you build trust in your data. You can use our APIs
to easily introduce blockchain-based immutability to your storage systems and business
processes. As a result, you can prove the integrity of your data and build trust with
your customers and partners. Pallets is our first product which provides data integrity
certificates, acting as a programmable notary for digital data.
Success Prints makes games that give students the tools to draft their unique blueprint
for success in higher education. MSU Professor Tricia Seifert created a powerful
boardgame to teach high school and college students the tools they need to succeed
in college. Feedback from participants and educators was very positive, which left
a challenge--how to make and distribute the game. Together with a team of entrepreneurial
MSU graduates at Magic Sail Games, Success Prints is meeting this challenge, and more.
Revibro aims to manufacture the fastest tunable optic in the world.
Agile Focus Designs automates and accelerates microscopic imaging with fast focus
and zoom technology without any moving parts. This electronic control of true optical
zoom and focus without complex algorithms revolutionizes the way microscopes can be
Psquare Scientific develops next-generation tools for measuring bioactivity of herbal
products. There are a significant number of immune responses that can be generated
by our bodies when we consume herbal supplements. Psquare Scientific was founded
with the goal of supporting consumer's decisions when purchasing these supplements.
By providing state-of-the-art testing services, we can all make educated decisions
about what supplements to feed to both ourselves and our families.
Nature's Fynd is a company that develops microbe-based proteins for meat substitutes
and dairy substitutes. The protein is produced by a fungus first identified in geothermal
springs in Yellowstone National Park.
NWB Sensors is focused on building high accuracy environmental sensors, designed specifically
to improve decision-making related to resource management.
NWB currently offers cloud imaging systems, high quality environmental monitoring
stations, and data analysis as a service. NWB is developing liquid-less snowpack sensors,
image-based mapping systems, and integrated machine learning technology for land resource
Bridger Photonics was founded by three dedicated laser physicists who pursued their
advanced degrees together at Montana State University. Each of the founders subsequently
pursued different paths, developing unique sets of experience along the way, and reunited
to build a company with a strong set of core values reflecting the pioneering spirit
of Bozeman, Montana. The company has several licenses with MSU and is researching
and developing a variety of technologies based around its proprietary monolithic lasers
and its novel actively stabilized frequency swept lasers. With unsurpassed capabilities
in terms of precisions, Bridger is becoming a world leader in LIDAR for remote gas
sensing, LADAR for precision distance measurements, and methods for advanced imaging
including focus control and 3D imaging.
S2 provides creative ultra-wideband sensing and signal processing solutions for multiple
customers. The company has a depth of experience in research and development, simulation,
proof of concept designs, rapid prototyping and external testing. Applications for
S2 technologies include radar range-Doppler signal processing, surveillance and signal
intelligence for electronic warfare, and related applications, signal processing for
broadband pulsed laser radar, optical communications, and multi-static continuous
wave laser radar. Emerging technology applications include analog-to-digital conversion,
arbitrary waveform generation, and true-time delay for RF beamforming. Supporting
technology development efforts include cryogenics engineering and RF and digital components,
Montana Microbial Products is commercializing technology for use in sustainable agricultural
and aquaculture systems. The company works with microbial agents and compounds discovered
and developed by MMP, licensed from universities or others, and also does contract
research and development. MMP operates a fully functional microbiology lab and pilot
plant. Core technical competencies include isolation and selection technology, formulation,
solid and liquid fermentation, and process design. The two principals in the company,
Cliff Bradley and Bob Kearns, have experience taking products from discovery, through
production to commercialization, including international sales and licensing.
Cleanwaste, a 10-year old manufacturer in Belgrade, Montana makes products that help
people cope with human waste "when plumbing's not available®". Starting with four
founders, Cleanwaste today employs 56 full-time employees, having grown from 18 in
the last several months. Cleanwaste supplies US military, outdoor retail chains, emergency
and disaster-relief entities, industrial, mining and utilities markets, institutional
healthcare buyers and even mass market drug retail chains. Cleanwaste currently is
the largest supplier of human waste handling products to the US military, outdoor
and healthcare markets.
Despite the significant progress made in the vaccine industry to date, two challenges
remain: to produce vaccines against unmet or emerging targets, and to produce improved
vaccines that are more effective than currently available products. LigoCyte has developed
proprietary technologies that address both of these challenges. LigoCyte focuses on
virus-like particle (VLP) vaccines that mimic viruses but lack the ability to reproduce
or cause infectious complications. VLP-based vaccines have had a tremendous impact
on both human health and the industry itself, as evidenced by medical and commercial
success in the human papillomavirus and Hepatitis B fields. LigoCyte's core technologies
are contributing to the development of vaccine products against norovirus, influenza,
and other respiratory viruses.
BioSurface Technologies Corporation provides innovative products that grow, measure,
and evaluate biofilms and biofilm processes to aid product development and process
control, and to increase our understanding of fundamental biofilm processes. BioSurface
Technologies is providing products and technology to industry and researchers world-wide,
including its CDC Biofilm Reactor® and Drip Flow Biofilm Reactor®.
406 Aerospace (acquired by Tyvak)
406 Aerospace was a science and engineering company focused on applying state-of-the
art technologies to enable more capable autonomous flight systems. The company, founded
in 2011 by a Montana State Research Professor of Physics and a Systems Engineer, had
its roots in Montana State University's Space Science and Engineering Laboratory.
The company specified, designed, built, and qualified for end-use both hardware and
software for application to autonomous robotic systems, with primary focus on small,
yet highly capable, low-mass and low-power spacecraft and unmanned aerial systems
for commercial and government clients.