/  November 21, 2016

CoMotion Startups and UW Faculty Participate in SciTech Northwest '16

Two UW distinguished faculty members and three CoMotion startups participated in this year's SciTech Northwest '16 Conference at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle in November. Deborah Fuller, Professor, Department of Microbiology at the UW and Division Chief at the Washington National Primate Research Center and Bill Howe, Associate Professor in the Information School, Adjunct Associate Professor in Computer Science & Engineering, and Associate Director of the UW eScience Institute, gave compelling presentations.

Deborah discussed the rise, fall and rebirth of Gene Gun DNA Vaccines, while Bill focused on urban analytics and responsible data science. The three UW CoMotion startups demonstrating their technologies included No More Rolling Stones (Innovations in Non-Invasive Kidney Stone Treatment), FoldIt Protein Structures, Self-Cleaning Solar Panels, and Battery Informatics, Inc.

This was the region’s first science and technology expo highlighting the latest innovations in cyber/data analytics, clean energy, and biotechnology from three premier Washington research institutions. In partnership with the Technology Alliance, inventors and commercialization experts from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), University of Washington, and Washington State University showcased more than 20 exciting new technologies with hands-on demonstrations. Attendees from businesses, industry, and universities learned about opportunities for collaboration and technology licensing. This event featured speaker Matt McIlwain, Managing Director of Madrona Venture Group and PNNL's Rosemarie Truman, Director of Innovation Impact.