Founders: Valerica Raicu and Tom Mozer
Mission: Changing the way fluorescent microscopy is done today.
BizStarts Role: Coaching, mentoring, management matching, resource connections
Aurora Spectral is developing a state-of-the-art microscope imaging tool under the trademark OptiMiS for rapid analysis of complex multicolor fluorescent images. These systems have utility in multiple markets including basic biological research, prenatal and cancer diagnosis and drug screening. As an example of one specific end use, this system enable for the first time structural determination of protein aggregates in living cells.
"I'm a scientist, I built this instrument because I was interested in the science I could do."
Brian Thompson, President of the UW-Madison Research Foundation ''kept bugging' him to look at the commercial applications for the invention. During a BizStarts Venture Track class, he was surprised at how much potential others thought the invention had. He polished his idea and learned how to write a business plan. While he didn't want to launch the business himself, he decided he was willing to work with someone who did.
"Connections made with the direct assistance of BizStarts were critical for support of our early financing efforts and our development of connections to key resources in the Milwaukee business community." - Tom Mozer
"It's exciting now, knowing that I don't have to run the show. I get to do some exciting stuff on my side, like come up with new ideas, figure out how to make this thing work and see what potential customers want," Raicu said.
For more information contact Todd Sobotka at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-921-0909.