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ASU hosts first annual tech expo

By Keren G. Raz

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Arizona State University hosted its first ever tech expo last month to highlight ASU inventions, programs, and investment startup opportunities.

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Arizona State University hosted its first ever tech expo last month to highlight ASU inventions, programs, and investment startup opportunities.

The daylong event featured exhibits and presentations on the various ventures supported by Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE), the technology-commercialization arm for ASU and Northern Arizona University, and Technopolis, an ASU program that provides entrepreneurial training to those who want to establish their own startup companies.

During the health science ventures presentation, Andrew Wooten, vice president of health science ventures for AzTE, put the spotlight on nine startup investment opportunities. The opportunities included:

  • Cynexus, a company created to market bioconjugate, a drug that reduces inflammation related to dry eye disease
  • Biosense International, LLC, which is developing a product that would rapidly detect microbial organisms in water
  • Aaquo Corporation, which hopes to offer a simple, cost-effective hydration monitor for at home or in-office screening or monitoring.

Peter Slate, chief executive officer of AzTe, gave the opening speech, emphasizing the importance of collaboration.

"One of the core missions of our organization is to be a catalyst that brings businesses together," he said.

More 350 people registered for the event, which was held at the ASU Memorial Union and attended by faculty, students, and representatives from Valley companies.

Terree Parlett Wasley, director of ASU Technopolis, called the day a success. "We are seeing exactly the cross section of people we wanted here," she said.