Engineering Translational Technology Center

The Engineering Translational Technology Center (ETTC) is a technology incubator designed to speed the transfer of high-impact, innovative ideas to the marketplace to meet society’s needs.

Funding for ETTC is provided by private donations. Typically, government grants support the early stage of discovery, while fewer funds are available for the vital developmental period that precedes demonstrating proof of concept or financial viability to investors.

ETTC will support technology transfer in the following ways:

  • Facilitate the development of startups, supporting tenure-track professors during a critical stage of idea development, in a familiar, secure environment, while remaining close to their research and teaching mission.
  • Provide valuable learning experiences for students in transitional technology research.
  • Actively encourage partnerships and collaborations with other groups on campus, like the UC Davis Center for Entrepreneurship administered by the Graduate School of Management.
  • Serve as a conduit to campus and UC system-wide resources, government agencies, and the venture capital community.
  • Guide researchers to university resources to ensure intellectual property is clearly defined.

Engineering Student Startup Center

The Engineering Student Startup Center, located in 2060 Academic Surge, is a dedicated on-campus space where entrepreneurial students can gather to unleash their creative potential by facilitating ideation, prototyping their ideas and, ultimately, collaborating on technology start-ups.

Recent ETTC News

For more information about ETTC, contact

Bruce White, Executive Associate Dean
Engineering Translational Technology Center
Phone: 530-752-4270

Current ETTC Tenants

Ambercycle focuses on making plastic recycling profitable and sustainable, by utilizing synthetic biology to engineer custom-tailored organisms that degrade PET plastic into high-value commodity chemicals. The company was founded by four undergraduates — Akshay Sethi, Victor Awad, Gerald Dion and James Lucas — in order to market the research they developed while working under the guidance of Marc T. Facciotti, an assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Atocera is developing ceramic and semiconductor blades with custom 3D cutting-edge profiles that are just a few atoms across. Integrated micro-capillaries in these blades allow fluid flow for lubricant and drug delivery during shaving and surgery. The company, initially known as Nano-Sharp Inc., was co-founded by M. Saif Islam, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Logeeswaran Jayaraman, a postdoctoral researcher in Islam’s lab; and David Horsley, a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Barobo Inc.
Barobo aims to make robots more affordable, adaptable, reconfigurable and reprogrammable for education, research and industrial applications. The company’s flagship product, the Mobot, is a modular robot designed for transformative K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Barobo was founded in 2010 by Harry H. Cheng, a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, and Graham Ryland, who (at the time) was studying for his master’s degree in Cheng’s Integration Engineering Laboratory.

HydroAlumina was founded by Jerry Woodall, a distinguished professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Energy, who discovered a proprietary bulk aluminum alloy that splits water to generate hydrogen gas, with byproducts of aluminum hydroxide and heat. The process eliminates the need for hydrogen storage and transport, mitigating the major barriers to a sustainable hydrogen economy. HydroAlumina creates and stores ultra-pure hydrogen at low temperatures and pressure, using a process that is both green and economical. Woodall hopes to establish prototype reactors at UC Davis.

ImmunoSense Technologies
ImmunoSense Technologies, a start-up that will focus on innovative methods for blood analysis, was founded by Alexander Revzin, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. The company will build on inventions generated by Revzin’s laboratory, starting with an easy-to-use kit for detecting latent tuberculosis from a blood sample: a process far superior to existing methods that require expensive machinery and highly trained specialists.

Inserogen is a biotech startup that plans to commercialize a quick, scalable and cost-effective manufacturing platform that uses tobacco plants as “biofactories” of high-value recombinant proteins, including life-saving therapeutics and vaccines. Inserogen won UC Davis’ 2010 Big Bang! Business Plan Competition. The company was founded by Lucas Arzola, then a Ph.D. candidate in chemical engineering, alongside fellow Ph.D. candidates Oscar Ortega-Rivera and Michelle Lozada-Contreras, with PI guidance from Karen McDonald, an associate dean of engineering and professor in the UC Davis Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.

Picosense LLC
Picosense LLC is developing the next generation of chip-scale sensors that are capable of measuring picotesla magnetic signals. The company’s millimeter-scale device has an unprecedented level of sensitivity at low frequencies, low volume and low mass, achievable through an innovative integration of magnetoresistive sensors and microelectromechanical (MEMS) resonators. The company was founded by David Horsley, vice chair for Graduate Studies and a professor in the UC Davis Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; and Andres Guedes, a postdoctoral researcher in Horsley’s MEMS laboratory.

StreamTex Technologies
StreamTex, a start-up founded by Tingrui Pan, an assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering, will exploit a breakthrough in biomedical engineering: a fabric that drives moisture away. Pan’s Micro-Nano Innovations (MiNI) Laboratory developed a textile that stays dry by forming moisture into droplets that drain away by attaching a network of water-attracting threads to water-repellent fabric. The huge marketing potential ranges from materials that will help firefighters and military troops stay cool while in the field, to designer clothing for athletes and joggers.

TacSense is a biotech startup that is developing sensors for personal home health monitoring. The small, flexible sensors are 1,000 times more sensitive than any market competitor, and can be worn by patients at home, to record data such as heart rate, breath sounds and patterns, with the resulting information transmitted wirelessly to healthcare professionals. TacSense, initially known as mRhythm, also was founded by Tingrui Pan.

ViVita Technologies Inc.
ViVita is a biotech startup founded to utilize a patent-pending process that removes the major components of the material responsible for stimulating a recipient’s immune response, enhancing tissue replacement to a degree that would prevent the recipient’s immune system from rejecting a new organ. ViVita won UC Davis’ 2013 Big Bang! Business Plan Competition. The company was founded by Leigh Griffiths, chief of the Cardiovascular Surgery Program at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine; and Maelene Wong, Regina MacBarb and Jennifer Lee, graduate students in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Graduated ETTC Tenants

Dysonics was founded by Ralph Algazi, Robert Dalton Jr., and Richard Duda. The company develops products for reproducing or for creating three-dimensional, immersive sound over headphones. The Motion-Tracked Binaural (MTB) technology is based on UC Davis patents stemming from years of research at UC Davis. Dysonics will market its technology initially to mobile device users for a richer, more engaging listening experience and for immersive new audio-visual content. The company received $750,000 in seed funding and will introduced its first product, the Rondo Player, in 2012.

Ennetix, Inc.
Ennetix, Inc. (formerly PutahGreen Systems) is a clean-tech/networking company, founded from technology developed at UC Davis by Distinguished Professor Biswanath Mukherjee and is based on core IP owned by the Regents of the University of California. Ennetix has an exclusive license to exploit this technology and is focused on dramatically reducing the energy consumed by IT networks and connected systems across the world. Ennetix has been incubated in the Engineering Technology Translational Center at UC Davis. The company has recently closed its first round of Angel funding.