Spinoffs and Startups


The Baskin School of Engineering is home to many successful startups and spinoffs. Take a look!


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Founded by UC Santa Cruz student Sage Weil, Ceph is an open-source distributed storage system. Sage was a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science department in the Baskin School of Engineering, where he began working on his Ph.D. thesis project -- what was to eventually become the highly successful open-source software product and then the data storage platform Ceph. Sage spun out a startup called Inktank to support Ceph for enterprise customers. In 2014 Inktank was acquired by Red Hat. Sage continues to support open source projects in the Baskin School of Engineering. In 2015, he provided inspiration and financial support for the establishment of the Center for Research in Open Source Software (CROSS).



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Concur Technologies was co-founded by UC Santa Cruz Computer and Informations Sciences alumnus Mike Hilton in 1993. It was acquired by SAP in 2014.



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Dovetail Genomics was founded in 2013 by UC Santa Cruz professor Richard (“Ed”) Green. The company initially opened its doors in a bio-incubator space on the UC Santa Cruz campus, and now employs about 20 people in its own office in Santa Cruz. The company is credited with being the creators of the Chicago™ method to acquire long range information for complex genomes. Green worked with the Office of Management of Intellectual Property at UC Santa Cruz to file a preliminary disclosure in 2013, and saw his patent approved in August of 2016.



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Five3 Genomics was started by three Baskin School of Engineering grads: Steven Benz (CEO), J. Zachary (“Zack”) Sanborn (CTO), and Charles Vaske (CSO). The company focuses on cancer genome data processing services. Based in Santa Cruz, California, Five3 Genomics supplies genome processing services for researchers through alignment, mutational calling, rearrangement detection, and copy number estimation.



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Co-founded by Baskin School of Engineering professor of biomolecular engineering Todd Lowe, Maverix Biomics is a software company that facilitates genome sequencing data. The company’s flagship offering is a software platform for life science researchers to upload data, conduct analyses and put their results in context with other data sources.



Professors David Deamer and Mark Akeson of the Baskin School of Engineering developed the nanopore technology behind the successful sequencing company Oxford Nanopore Technologies. It was in 2008 that Oxford Nanopore Technologies announced an exclusive licence agreement to develop nanopore science developed at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Deamer and Akeson continue to collaborate with ONT, and were instrumental in bringing to market the MinION, a pocket-sized portable device for real time biological analysis.



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Founder William (Bill) Dunbar, a former professor of the Baskin School of Engineering, and co-founder Dan Heller, a UCSC grad and founder of the UCSC Center for Entrepreneurship, spun up Two Pore Guys (2PG) in 2011 with technology developed by Dunbar while at UC Santa Cruz.

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