Current Tenants

On August 30, 2007 the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center opened its doors and Central Illinois opened its arms to a new wave of high-tech companies look to make their mark on the world from right here in Peoria. Utilizing technologies that have been developed at Caterpillar, the USDA National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR), Bradley University, local medical facilities and elsewhere, these companies will set the course for technology commercialization in our region. Below is a brief profile on each of the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center tenants:

Engineering PeopleAdvanced Cad Cam Service

Advanced Cad Cam Service has been providing innovative solutions in design and engineering since its founding in 1991. Today ACCS employs more than 100 people in the Midwest that serve our customer's engineering and technology needs. The company's goal continues to be to provide high quality design, engineering, technology, and software solutions in a timely cost effective manner, through the use of cutting-edge technology, products, and a highly skilled workforce.

Ag-Defense Systems:

With the very real threat of food-borne pathogens, one Peoria Next company is developing a device that will allow users to detect such threats without the use of laboratory screening. Ag-Defense Systems is currently working on a hand held technology that will allow users the ability to monitor food items on site and receive real-time results. The portable BioSage device can be used to detect viruses, fungus, bacteria and parasites within minutes while employing GPS tracking abilities. The food industry is a $1.25 trillion market in the United States and there are over 75 million illnesses each year as a result of food contamination. As the threat of food supply contamination grows, Ag-Defense Systems and its BioSage technology will be ready to monitor and alert us in real-time.

ELGCO Medical Incubator, LLC

ELGCO  Medical Incubator, LLC, founded by Dr. Robert Smouse, is a medical device incubator developing minimally invasive devices in the Dialysis and Urology market spaces.  It operates a state-of-the-art development lab in Silicon Valley in California.  ELGCO is in the design finalization state of an implantable urology device that converts from one device into another at bedside, thereby eliminating a surgical procedure.  Dr. Smouse has collaborated with Bradley University and challenged a convergence team to design a cost-effect hemodialysis catheter.  He mentored senior engineering and business students in design concept development, validation, voice-of-the-customer surveys and market research.  The hemodialysis device is currently under development at the ELGCO lab.  



ICURO is establishing the next generation scientific research innovation lab to transform research across a wide range of industry domains.  ICURO drives an integrated quality execution framework for all stages of scientific research.  It integrates research outcome from entities across the ecosystem and leverages proven capability from other industries.  The research support is performed under respective domain sciences and engineering.  ICURO promotes collaboration with research universities and schools for hands-on training opportunities and resource deployment.

Industial Electric Mfg (IEM):

Headquartered in Fremont, CA, IEM is the largest independent full-line manufacturer of electrical distribution and power quality equipment in the United States. For over half a century, IEM has delivered customer-specific solutions to meet the ever changing power requirements of growth industries in North America. At IEM, tradition and technology still drive innovation. An experienced engineering staff and one of the most flexible design and manufacturing systems in the industry set IEM apart from standard product manufacturers.

The Nature Conservancy:

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. They address threats to conservation involving climate change, fresh water, oceans and conservation lands. Today more of the natural world is at risk than ever before. TNC work is crucial to keep vital habitats and unique species from being lost forever. They work in all 50 states and more than 30 countries protecting habitats from grasslands to coral reefs.


NEXMachine was founded by Dan Kaupi in August 2013.  Dan is a champion for the Cloud in the Machine which is using Cloud platforms to transform how we work, collaborate with one another and live in our communities.  The barrier to truly transformative innovations is no longer the technology itself.  Using the Cloud as a platform for managing how we work and live, we are able to make highly impactful changes that are not just incremental improvements, but transformational.  The biggest challenge is people’s ability to understand the problem they need to solve and define solutions.  The biggest opportunity is to solve the problem we don’t even realize is a problem.  For more insights check out Dan’s blog:

OneFire MediaOneFire Media:

OneFire Media specializes in iPad strategy and development. OneFire provides businesses with strategic consultation, analysis and implementation of tablet initiatives across a wide range of industries and applications. From internal training to marketing communications, OneFire has the insight, innovation and ingenuity to help clients utilize tablets to attain a competitive advantage.

Peoria Web Design

Peoria Web Design, founded by Chris Sopher, specializes in quality website design and custom internet software application development in the Peoria area.   In addition Peoria Web Design offers:  Domain registration through GoDaddy, Content managed websites such as logo design and Photography services.  Peoria Web Design also specializes in custom online software applications.  For more information please email Chris at


ViMedicus builds products that provide intuitive interfaces to medical information systems and greatly enhance the visibility of patient data and related clinical data. We employ the latest device technologies, work closely with healthcare providers and sponsor academic studies with nationally renowned researchers at top ranked universities to create collaborative solutions that demonstrably enhance clinical decision making.

Recent advances in healthcare infrastructure as well as regulatory imperative have presented an unparalleled opportunity to create solutions that enable clinicians to access, communicate and collaborate with usable clinical data.


VirtuSense Technologies is a medical device manufacturer. VirtuSense exists to improve outcomes by converting subjective sensory information into objective measurable data. VirtuSense makes motion tracking solutions and pressure sensitive wearable medical devices that help healthcare providers quantify what they see and feel in their delivery of care. VirtuSense product platforms address problems ranging from patient falls, surgical site infections and subjective rehab care. VirtuSense was spun-off from Bradley University in August 2012 to unleash innovative technologies developed through a four year, $2 million research grant from the U.S. Army.


zuChem is a biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of novel manufacturing methods for the production of glycochemicals. While the greatest long term need for such glycochemical compounds is by the pharmaceutical industry, the company is also exploiting the significant commercial opportunities for these compounds in the food ingredients and specialty chemical markets. zuChem’s mission is to be the premier supplier of unique glycochemicals (sugar-like molecules) to the pharmaceutical and food ingredients industries, using proprietary technology to produce glycochemicals that are either extremely difficult or too expensive to manufacture via traditional synthetic methods.