Registration open for virtual conference featuring university startups

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Registration open for virtual conference featuring university startups

Clockwise, from top left: Carrick Detweiler, CEO of Drone Amplified; Michael Fromm, CEO of Epicrop Technologies; Shane Farritor, CTO of Virtual Incision; and Bob Hutkins, a founding faculty member of Synbiotic Health. The four companies were selected to showcase their startups at the upcoming DeepTechU Conference.

Registration is now open for DeepTechU, a free virtual conference featuring 48 startup companies from Midwestern national labs and research universities, including the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Taking place April 20-22, the conference is open to the general public, with a focus on university researchers, industry collaborators and venture capital investors. It will showcase companies in the following industry tracks: industrial technology, hardware and software, energy, and life sciences.

Participating startups affiliated with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln include:

  • Drone Amplified. The company is developing fire-fighting drone technology to manage controlled burns. Carrick Detweiler, associate professor of computer science and engineering, is the company’s chief executive officer.

  • Epicrop Technologies. The company is developing epigenetic technology to improve crop yields. Founding members include Michael Fromm and Sally McKenzie, both former Nebraska professors.

  • Synbiotic Health. The company is developing synbiotics, a combination of beneficial gut bacteria and the fuel that feeds them. Founding faculty include Bob Hutkins, Andy Benson and Tom Burkey, as well as Jens Walter, formerly a Nebraska faculty member.

  • Virtual Incision. The company is developing a miniature surgical robot for conducting less-invasive abdominal surgeries, such as colon resections. Shane Farritor, professor of mechanical and materials engineering, is the company’s chief technology officer.

NUtech Ventures, the university’s commercialization affiliate, is a conference partner. Learn more and register.

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