Our Start-Ups

The staff of the TTIC facilitates the creation of start-up companies by working with faculty to identify public and private funding to advance their discoveries. We have helped researchers tap into venture networks that provide not only funding potential but also mentoring for first-time inventor founders. The TTIC catalyzes start-ups by building relationships with organizers of private funding—such as angel, seed-stage, and venture investors—and by proactively seeking corporate research collaborations.

The TTIC also helps investigators tap public funding sources such as MassBio, MassConnect, and the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program of the federal government. To encourage a culture of technology transfer and entrepreneurism, the TTIC provides seminars on intellectual property development and start-up company formation.

It takes passion and vision to bring academic discoveries to the marketplace. The TTIC is privileged to work with Tufts inventors, their technologies, and our licensees as they transform early-stage discoveries into market-ready products.

Selected Tufts University Start-Ups (1997 to present)

1997: Paratek Pharmaceuticals – Omadacycline for antibiotic-resistant infections

2012: Vaxess Technologies – Silk-based therapeutics and diagnostic reagent stabilization and storage

1997: Securos – Veterinary orthopedics

2013: Veraquel Technologies – Reagents for purification of biomolecules

1997: Point Therapeutics (Dara Biosciences) – Cancer therapies

2013: Kinderlab Robotics – Childhood software/hardware programming kit

1998: Illumina – Microarray genotyping instruments; 3,000 employees worldwide

2014: Sofregen Medical – Silk-based tissue/dermal fillers

1999: Arisaph Pharmaceuticals – Cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes

2014: Cocoon Biotech – Silk-based osteoarthritis treatment

2000: Serica (Allergan) – Soft tissue support/repair

2015: Nanoscience Solutions – Scanning probe microscopy enhancements

2007: Quanterix – Single-molecule arrays for ultrasensitive biomarker detection

2015: Visual Classrooms – Interactive learning and collaboration environment

2011: iCreate to Educate (HUE) – Stop-action movie animation software

2015: NovusWave – Wind turbine optimization

2011: Hemera Biosciences – Macular degeneration therapy

2016: On-Target Therapeutics – Stable, lipidated protein drugs

2012: GliaCure – Therapies for neuro-cognitive disorders, Alzheimer’s disease

2016: Diopter Corporation - Silk-based ophthalmic devices

Selected Tufts Medical Center Start-Ups (1997 to present)

1997: Point Therapeutics (Dara Biosciences) – Cancer therapies

2010: SafePath Medical – Safe suturing device

2006: IGAN Biosciences – IgA nephropathy treatment

2010: Strohl Medical – Stroke detection device

2006: Anchor (Ascent) Therapeutics – Drug development platform: multiple disease areas

2013: Oasis Pharmaceuticals – Therapeutics for fibrotic diseases

2009: MindChild Medical – Non-invasive fetal heart monitor

2014: CereVasc – Endovascular cerebral spinal fluid shunt