iCrx, Inc. has developed a hand-held device that can produce an objective and accurate eyeglass prescription in approximately 20 seconds without any subjective input from the viewer.  By utilizing laser technology designed to instantly determine a required eyewear prescription, the device can replace a traditional phoropter ophthalmic testing device.

The phoropter is still commonly used by eye care professionals during a prescription eye examination and contains many different lenses used for refraction of the eye during sight testing.  The iCrx device contains only 3 lenses and is designed to be used in kiosks and/or in rapid screening of large patient populations especially in developing countries that lack sufficient facilities and specialist doctors.

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EARDG Photonics, Inc. has developed unique augmented reality glasses that combines a virtual computer-generated image with a simultaneous view of the outside world.  Our holograms act independently without crosstalk and our technology transmits light through only one waveguide, allowing our glasses to be compact and lightweight.

The virtual image achieved has high color fidelity with a large field of view (FOV) providing an immersive experience for the user.  Using a reflection Volumetric Holographic (not surface) Optical Element (VHOE), the technology achieves high efficiency without color separation and excellent security (no one can see when the viewer sees).  Our technology is unlike anything else available in the industry.




FreeFall is developing revolutionary new antenna technology for ground, air, and space. Their innovative spherical antennas are drawing interest from a wide variety of commercial and government organizations, offering wide field of view, electronic steering, and low mass to dramatically simplify and improve satellite communications. The company’s unique antennas for the coming 5G wireless world are unlike anything else on the market and enable high-frequency, steerable communications for Smart Cities, connected vehicles, and the Internet of Things. FreeFall was founded in Tucson as a spin-off from the University of Arizona and maintains a close connection with UofA faculty and supporters.

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Qwick connects hospitality businesses to dependable, reliable and highly rated workers in real-time. Qwick has developed a technology platform which allows hotels and restaurants to locate temporary staff instantly by posting an open shift. The Arizona Commerce Authority named Qwick as one of the most innovative companies in Arizona out of hundreds of applicants. This bi-annual competition highlights promising, early-stage companies in high-growth markets, and provides the winners with up to $150,000 in non-diluted funding to help commercialize and scale their concepts.

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Formed by UofA engineering graduates and faculty, Codelucida has developed error-correction technology that can enable cheaper, high-capacity, high-performance solid state drives for consumer and data center storage. Dr. Shiva Planjery, Dr. Bane Vasic and Dr. David Declercq are the founding team behind what could be one of the most enabling technologies in the semiconductor space.

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Dr. Rajesh Khanna, a UofA pharmacologist, and his team have invented a powerful non-opioid/non-addictive pain killer. The compound, invented in Tucson at a UofA lab, has performed well in animals and Dr. Khanna will now work toward human trials and FDA approval.

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Eller College graduate Jarret Hamstreet and team have invented a disruptive application for semi-truck shipping.  The company has automated the process of identifying and locating an available hauler and then matches them to a shipper, eliminating dead head truck hauls and increasing shipping resources and efficiencies.

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SinfoniaRx was the first spin out from the University of Arizona, ultimately selling to the public company Tabula Rasa Heathcare (NASDAQ: TRHC). The transaction was selected as the 2017 Deal of the Year by the Association for Corporate Growth - Arizona Chapter.

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