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Cornell Startups Acquired by Other Companies




Agronomic Technology Corp.

Agronomic Technology Corp is transforming agriculture through cloud technology, proven science and data. Agronomic Technnology Corp is integrating with industry-leading solutions, universities, researchers and software companies to provide new ways for growers to profitably meet increasing demands. Acquired by Yara International in 2017.

Location: New York, NY

Foundation Cornell Technology Licensed: 2013

Animal Ultrasound Services, Inc.

Animal Ultrasound Services, Inc.’s, image analysis software, AUSKey┬«, evaluates ultrasonic images of live animals and carcasses. Animal Ultrasound Services, Inc., was acquired by Micro Beef Technologies in 2000.

Location: Ithaca, NY

Foundation Cornell Technology Licensed: 1993

Appinions, Inc.

Appinions, Inc., is an opinions-powered platform that makes it easy to identify, analyze, monitor, and engage with influencers. This platform features an extensive database that includes millions of opinions extracted from blogs, Twitter, Facebook, forums, newspaper and magazine articles, and radio and television transcripts. Appinions was acquired by ScribbleLive in 2015.

Location: Ithaca, NY

Foundation Cornell Technology Licensed: 2007

BinOptics Corporation

BinOptics Corporation develops and manufactures photonic chips for optical transceivers and other applications in the telecom, datacom, and optical storage markets. BinOptics was acquired by M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc. (MACOM) in December 2014.

Location: Ithaca, NY

Foundation Cornell Technology Licensed: 2004

Eden Bioscience

Eden’s plant health technology incorporates harpin proteins to manufacture biopesticides, plant health, and nutrient products. Eden Bioscience was acquired by Plant Health Care, Inc. in 2007.

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Foundation Cornell Technology Licensed: 1995

GeneWeave Biosciences, Inc.

GeneWeave Biosciences, Inc., is a medical diagnostics company focused on infectious diseases. GeneWeave was acquired by Roche Holding AG in 2015.

Location: San Jose, CA

Foundation Cornell Technology Licensed: 2009

IntElect Medical, Inc.

IntElect Medical, Inc., develops and commercializes neurostimulation systems for improving the recovery of brain injury patients. Intelect Medical was acquired by Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation in 2011.

Location: Valencia, CA

Foundation Cornell Technology Licensed: 2006

Medeor, Inc.

Medeor, Inc., develops d-methadone, a novel nonopioid analgesic. Medeor was acquired by Relmada Therapeutics, Inc. in 2013.

Location: New York, NY

Foundation Cornell Technology Licensed: 2001

OptiGen, LLC

OptiGen, LLC, provides DNA-based diagnoses and information about inherited diseases of dogs. OptiGen was acquired by Mars Petcare in 2018.

Location: Ithaca, NY

Foundation Cornell Technology Licensed: 1998

Phytex, LLC

Phytex, LLC, produces phytase enzymes for an animal feed product called OptiPhos. This product enables poultry and pigs to absorb more phosphorus from their feed grain, creating substantially less phosphorus in their waste. Phytex was acquired by Huvepharma in 2013.

Location: Portland, ME

Foundation Cornell Technology Licensed: 2000

RF Nitro Communications, Inc.

RF Nitro Communications, Inc., provides advanced materials and products for use in broadband wireless and fiber optics. RF Nitro Communications, Inc., was acquired by RF Micro Devices, Inc. (now Qorvo), in 2001.

Location: Greensboro, NC

Foundation Cornell Technology Licensed: 2000

SightSpeed, Inc.

SightSpeed, Inc., provides high quality, feature rich, and easy-to-use Internet video communications services for both businesses and consumers. SightSpeed, Inc., was acquired by Logitech, Inc., in October 2008.

Location: Berkeley, CA

Foundation Cornell Technology Licensed: 2003

TaggPic, Inc.

TaggPic transforms static 2D photos into auto-tagged, geo-positioned, and intelligently connected platforms. TaggPic’s crowd-fueled computer vision technology instantly recognizes landmarks, buildings, and other objects in images without the need for GPS data or manual tagging. TaggPic was acquired by Google in 2014.

Location: Ithaca, NY

Foundation Cornell Technology Licensed: 2013