UW–Madison Spinoffs

UW–Madison research has the power to transform the economics of clean energy in Wisconsin, the U.S., and the world. The spinoff companies listed here, all of which bring new technologies and products to the marketplace, have roots in energy research first conducted at UW–Madison.

The spinoff companies marked with have operations in the state of Wisconsin.

C-Motive Technologies

C-Motive Technologies is an early-stage startup developing fundamentally new ways of producing motion with electricity. By using electrostatics instead of the electromagnetics of the past century, entirely new capabilities are achieved, including new materials, manufacturing techniques, and applications for electric machinery.

Ebullient

Ebullient makes precision cooling systems for electronic hardware with an aim to revolutionize the way electronic hardware is designed, developed, and deployed. The company’s relentless pursuit of groundbreaking innovation has led to Ebullient® DirectJet™ Technology featured in all their precision cooling systems for servers and workstations.

GlucanBio

Early-stage start-up Glucan Biorenewables, LLC is using gamma-Valerolactone (GVL), a plant-based solvent developed at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, to help convert biomass into three streams of high-value industrial chemicals.

Hyrax

Hyrax Energy Inc., the first startup company to emerge from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), is using an improved method for extracting fermentable sugars from biomass to improve the economics of the cellulosic biofuel pipeline.

Lactic Solutions

Early-stage start-up Lactic Solutions uses genetic engineering to convert lactic acid bacteria, the organisms that infect ethanol fermentations, to produce ethanol rather than lactic acid.

SHINE Medical Technologies

Founded in 2010, SHINE is a development-stage company working toward becoming a manufacturer of radioisotopes for nuclear medicine.

Silatronix

Silatronix is the leading producer of patented organosilicon (OS) materials that enable extreme performance in Li-ion batteries. Silatronix OS compounds extend cell life, increase cell capacity, expand temperature operability ranges, and allow safe and effective use of higher charge voltages in Li-ion batteries, while improving Li-ion battery cell safety and stability.

Virent

Using patented catalytic chemistry, Virent converts soluble biomass-derived sugars into products identical to those made with petroleum, including gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and chemicals used for plastics and fibers.

Xylome

Xylome uses newly developed yeast strains to transform hard-to-digest sugars into commercially viable, second-generation ethanol and biodiesel precursors and to synthesize a host of advanced biorenewable products.