What starts here changes the world. Below are just a few examples of world-changing technologies that the Texas Innovation Center works with.


Suite of novel, autorotating decelerators for commercial airdrop, last-mile delivery and air-to-surface sensor emplacement
PI: Jayant Sirohi

Eyes on the Sky
A mixed-reality experience designed to bring space environmentalism education alive
PIs: Erin Reilly, Moriba Jah, Sven Ortel, Deepak Chetty and Lucy Atkinson

Advanced/Alternative Energy

Carbon neutral biocrude oil produced from natural waste

Prevents lithium-ion battery fires by eliminating flammable gases released during day-to-day use
PIs: DK Ezekoye and Buddie Mullins

Lithium extraction, recovery, and refinery technology to efficiently extract and aggregate lithium elements from salt brines
PI: Benny Freeman

Battery technology that offers superior performance, a more secure supply chain and easy integration with current technologies
PI: Ram Manthiram

Advanced Materials

Innovative nanocomposite membrane technology that enables the next generation of high temperature fuel cells
PI: Delia Milliron

Developing the process technology and hardware to integrate graphene/2D materials in semiconductor fabs
PI: Deji Akinwande

Elevated infant essentials for today’s modern parents; anti-microbial nano-particles used to produce baby bottles and other home goods
PI: Lydia Contreras

Oxymoron Ink
Semi-permanent tattoo inks designed to last 6, 12 or 18 months after application, made using FDA-approved materials

Zeus Wild
An energy-storage fabric that provides sustainable off-grid power for lighting and electronics
PI: Jonathan Chen


Aperiam Bio
Next-generation enzymes in food and health care using proprietary deep learning algorithms that understand biochemistry
PI: Andy Ellington

Advanced microfluidic devices for high-throughput and high-content screening of small animal models and 3D tissue organoids
PI: Adela Ben-Yakar


Advanced and affordable robotic solutions for defense, manufacturing and logistics
PI: Luis Sentis

Harmonic Bionics
Redefining neurorehabilitation with intelligent robotic technology designed to maximize patient recovery
PI: Ashish Deshpande

Health Care

At home, monthly STD testing that offers results quickly, privately and affordably

Maximizing profits and efficiency by applying AI and Blockchain to healthcare and claims data and processes
PI: Tej Anand

Technologies that provide real-time diagnostic information to health care providers, at the point of care
PI: Livia S. Eberlin


Big & Mini
A web platform that connects senior citizens and youth, virtually, to combat social isolation and bridge the generation gap

Sensors, Instruments and Displays

Fourth Wall
Brighter, more efficient pixel displays with higher color quality and a more realistic view for the virtual reality industry
PI: Ananth Dodabalapur

Light-enabled technologies to create faster, smaller, lower-powered components for interference free, limitless device connectivity and distributed computation
PI: Sriram Vishwanath

A revolutionary touch-less gesture-based user interface that uses inaudible sound from speakers to control smartphones, tablets, computers and large consumer electronics
PI: Lili Qiu

Lantha Sensors
Hyper-accurate handheld chemical analysis offering the lowest priced, fastest and most customizable chemical analysis tools in the world
PI: Simon Humphrey

Data and Software

Watertight CAD models in their native environment; advanced modeling for direct downstream use to analyze, manufacture, display or animate straight from CAD
PI: Richard Crawford

Data Analysis/Decision Support

Symmetry Systems
Unified access control for data across an enterprise, granting companies full visibility and control over the data in their storage services
PI: Mohit Tiwari

Katana Graph
The next generation of graph computing that scales horizontally to 100s-1000s of machines, providing efficient computation over unstructured data at unprecedented scale and performance
PIs: Keshav Pingali and Chris Rossbach

Educational Technology

Mind mapping, timeline and presentation software designed to see and present history in a new way
PI: Erika Bsumek

Paleo Games
A board game based on an actual fossil site that teaches how fossils form in a collaborative and competitive experience
PI: Rowan Martindale

Agribusiness/Food Technology

Bbq for the 21st century; new technology for the agricultural revolution to recreate meats like brisket, jerky and steak
PI: Janet Zoldan

Consumer Goods

Simplifying daily hygiene routines with unique oil-absorbing health and beauty products