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 commercilization in our region. Below is a brief profile on each of the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center tenants:
Advanced Cad Cam Service www.engineering people.com
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: www.agdefensesystems.com
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.
EcoThermics Corporation: www.ecothermics.com
EcoThermics Corporation, founded in 2007, has developed a compact, high pressure compressor, a critical component for the emerging CO2 heat pump market. Heat pumps provide heat with much lower energy consumption than direct electric or fuel-based heaters, and heat pumps are especially efficient when simultaneous cooling (normally, a wasted by-product) is utilized. CO2 refrigerant properties enable heat pumps to be effective in extended temperature ranges for space heating and commercial heating applications. CO2 is not environmentally or chemically hazardous. Production prototypes, manufactured by an EcoThermics manufacturing partner, will be available later this year for OEM evaluation and testing. EcoThermics was founded in 2007 and is located in Peoria, Illinois.
ESSEN Scientific LLC: www.essenscientific.com
ESSEN Scientific LLC (ESL) is a pharmaceutical research and development service company which specializes in custom synthesis and contract research and development services. ESL is established to grow into a major provider of well-sought-after pharmaceutical intermediates/building blocks based in the midwest. ESL has developed more than 8,000 high quality pharmaceutical intermediates, novel chemical and pharmaceutical building blocks, and other fine for research and industrial application in contemporary drug discovery and development. Besides catalog products, ESL has the infrastructure to provide any specific requirements on custom synthesis and process optimization services.
Industial Electric Mfg (IEM): www.iemfg.com
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: www.nature.org
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.
OneFire Media: onefiremedia.com
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 Robotics began as a voluntary collaboration of engineers, scientists, medical practitioners and medical education experts. The focus of the group is strictly applied research and development. Members of the Peoria Robotics group are all faculty or staff at Bradley University and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. The Peoria Robotics group mission is to develop medical simulators to enhance medical education.
The first project is to design, build and test a system for recording and subsequently simulating medical procedures that utilize palpation. Creating one part of a system that can record the sight, sound and feel experienced by an expert performing a medical examination will enable the creation of a database of diverse normal and abnormal results for each particular type of examination or condition. The second part of the system provides the means for a student to physically interact with a parametric model of a recorded experience and to see and feel a realistic simulation of what the expert was feeling when the real examination was performed. This work is funded by a grant to Bradley University from the United States Army Medical Research and Materials Command.
TransGraft Solutions is developing a breakthrough medical technology for high mortality complication following Aortic Aneurysm Repair. The company's first-in-class trans-graft access device offers a low risk, simple solution to a serious medical problem. Aortic Aneurysm rupture carries a near certain risk of death. Preventing rupture is of vital importance to improving care and clinical outcomes. TrasGraft olutions patent pending device will dramatically improve treatment options following aneurysm repair that will recue rupture risk, reduce costs, and improve patient quality of life at a level unmatched by competitive solutions.
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.
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 pharmeceutical and food ingredients industries, using proprietary technology to produce glycochemicals that are either extremely difficult or too expensive to manufacture via traditional synthetic methods.