Archive for the ‘On the Market’ Category

Students’ Award-Winning WalkBack App Now Available

Have you ever promised to let a friend know when you arrive home and forgotten to do it? There’s an app for that, and it was developed by U.Va. engineering students!

Students Duylam Nguyen Ngo (’13) and Ashutosh Priyadarshy (’12) developed WalkBack to increase safety on college campuses, especially for students walking home alone at night. WalkBack is a free mobile app that creates an instant mobile connection between friends by simply touching their phones together, after which each person is automatically notified when everyone arrives home. Colleges can also anonymously use the data collected from WalkBack to make informed decisions on student safety.

This award-winning app won the Student Startup Madness competition at the 2012 SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, and the 2012 U.Va.-Darden Business Plan competition.

iPhone, iPad and iPod users, download WalkBack from the App Store here.

U.Va. Engineering Alum’s Lifesaving Innovation Now Available to the Public


An epinephrine auto-injector developed by an innovative U.Va. alumnus is now available in U.S. pharmacies.

Evan Edwards (Mechanical Engineering ’02, Systems Engineering ’04) and twin brother Eric are the founders of Richmond-based Intelliject Inc. Both sufferers of severe allergies, they combined their respective engineering and medical educations to develop an improved epinephrine self-injector for the treatment of severe allergic reactions, such as those affecting more than 6 million people at risk for anaphylaxis in the U.S.

Their product, Auvi-Q™, is about the size of a credit card, has a self-retractable needle, and provides audible instructions and visual cues for self-administration. Intelliject licensed Auvi-Q™ to Sanofi North America pharmaceuticals for commercialization in the U.S. It is now available at thousands of U.S. pharmacies with a doctor’s prescription.

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Announcing U.Va.’s Research Reagent Directory

A new U.Va. resource is connecting academic, industry and clinical investigators with important tools to further their research. U.Va. Innovation’s new research reagent directory features more than 100 available antibodies, mouse strains and other tools developed by U.Va. researchers.

Reagents are used in all phases of life-science research, from basic science to translational research and human health products. These ubiquitous little guys can be used in a variety of ways — such as identifying the presence or location of a protein or other indicator in a sample — making them useful tools in studying cell behavior, diagnostics and many other areas.

We could go on and on about research reagents, but maybe you should just see for yourself.

Innovative U.Va. Product SpermCheck Fertility Hits Store Shelves

Move over, ovulation kits: A new product designed to help couples assess their fertility is now hitting store shelves.

SpermCheck Fertility, a product of innovative University of Virginia research developed by U.Va. spin-off ContraVac Inc., is an at-home diagnostic that allows men to gauge their fertility levels easily, non-invasively, inexpensively, and in the comfort and privacy of their own homes.

Marking an exciting milestone for the company — and couples everywhere who are trying to conceive — SpermCheck Fertility kits are now available online at Walgreen Co. and CVS Caremark Corp., hitting shelves at Walgreen’s 7,800 drugstores next month.

SpermCheck Fertility

SpermCheck Fertility, a male-fertility diagnostic based on U.Va. research, is now available online at Walgreen's and CVS.

For more information, see today’s article from Bloomberg News.