Three UH spinouts present at prestigious LA technology showcase

University of Hawaiʻi
Vassilis L. Syrmos, (808) 956-5006
Vice President for Research and Innovation
Eric R. Matsunaga, (808) 956-5588
Manager, Research & Administrative Operations, Office of the VP for Research and Innovation
Posted: Jul 14, 2017

Dr. Gordon Okimoto of UH Cancer Center/SNR Analytics, Inc.
Dr. Gordon Okimoto of UH Cancer Center/SNR Analytics, Inc.

Honolulu - University of Hawai`i (UH) spinouts Adnoviv, LLC; Radial3D and SNR Analytics, Inc. were invited to present at the prestigious First Look LA showcase of university technologies held on June 28, 2017 at California State University, Los Angeles.

Presentations were made to an invitation-only audience of over 200 investors, entrepreneurs, and faculty and staff from the participating universities. The University Hawai`i spinouts were invited to participate in the showcase by the UH Office of Technology Transfer, AzTE (ASU Technology Transfer) and the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA).

Adnoviv’s intelligent occupancy sensors were developed by Drs. Victor Lubecke and Olga Boric-Lubecke of the UH Mānoa College of Engineering. The company’s True Presence Occupancy Detection Sensors (TruePODS) are the first to employ Doppler radar “life-signs” sensing technology to detect true human presence in indoor spaces to avoid the cost and nuisance associated with erroneous power switching.

Radial3D, developed by a team led by Dr. Scott Lozanoff of the John A. Burns School of Medicine, is a collaborative platform that allows medical students and healthcare professionals to work together to view medical imagery and share their diagnosis.  It is a 3D web-based medical imaging platform that is accessible from any web-connected device and any VR/AR device.

Both Adnoviv and Radial 3D are graduates of XLR8UH, the University of Hawai‘i’s multiple award-winning proof of concept center and venture accelerator program.

SNR Analytics, Inc. (SNRAI) is a technology company focused on the discovery and validation of molecular signatures for precision immunotherapy applications.  Developed by Dr. Gordon Okimoto and his colleagues at the UH Cancer Center, SNRAI is an analytical pipeline that seeks to develop a portfolio that will provide “companion” diagnostics for existing antibodies that target specific checkpoint genes in a given cancer, or suggest cancers for which an antibody targeting a specific checkpoint gene should be developed.

“I’m pleased that we were invited to First Look LA for a third consecutive year,” said UH Vice President for Research and Innovation Vassilis L. Syrmos.  “It further validates our continuing efforts under the Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative to help diversify the state’s economy through the creation of a thriving innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem based on UH research.” 

First Look LA is a full-day showcase of emerging technology investment opportunities from premier research institutions in Southern California and Arizona, including Caltech, USC, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, Children’s Hospital LA, City of Hope, and Arizona State University.

About UH Research

Research conducted by the University of Hawai‘i (UH) impacts the quality of life in the islands and around the world. As the state’s major research university, and because of Hawai‘i’s tremendous geographic diversity, UH plays a prominent role in the state’s economic growth and development through its diverse and world-renowned research programs in astronomy, earth and ocean sciences, medicine and tropical agriculture.

About XLR8UH

XLR8UH is a first of its kind proof of concept center and venture accelerator. Founded via a partnership between the University of Hawai`i and Sultan Ventures, XLR8UH educates, mentors and invests in the University of Hawai`i’s world-class research and talent. The startup founders range from students to post docs, faculty and alumni. XLR8UH is one of the first university investment programs in the nation to take an equity stake in the companies it invests in, revolutionizing the way innovation is commercialized at universities.

About the Hawai`i Innovation Initiative

The University of Hawai‘i is working in partnership with the private sector and government to build a thriving research enterprise in Hawai‘i that will develop a third major economic sector for the state, create high-quality living-wage jobs, and address the challenges and opportunities that face our communities and the world to improve our quality of life.