Portfolio Network Companies

The following companies have been selected by the EIR team as Portfolio Companies:

Emergo Therapeutics

Founders: 

Robin Hyde-DeRuyscher, PhD; Moise Khayrallah, PhD

Emergo Therapeutics is developing treatment options for flu-like illnesses and to boost the body’s immune system response. The initial single drug candidate, norketotifen, works by modulating the immune system’s response to viral infection. The over-response to flu virus by the body’s innate immune system is responsible for flu symptoms such as fever, chills, fatigue, sore throat and...

Emergo Therapeutics is developing treatment options for flu-like illnesses and to boost the body’s immune system response. The initial single drug candidate, norketotifen, works by modulating the immune system’s response to viral infection. The over-response to flu virus by the body’s innate immune system is responsible for flu symptoms such as fever, chills, fatigue, sore throat and aches.

Norketotifen is a well-known metabolite, or byproduct, of ketotifen, an antihistamine that stabilizes mast cells and has been used to treat asthma, allergies and conjunctivitis for four decades under various brand names including Zaditor and Alaway. The Emergo team is capitalizing on a core expertise developed over the years to tweak and modify the norketotifen molecules so they may help spare patients the miserable symptoms and complications that can lead to hospitalization and even death.

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Pryon

Founder: 

Igor Jablokov

Pryon delivers enterprise-grade AI solutions that transform how companies develop and maximize relationships with customers, employees, and partners. Existing implementations as seen in consumer AI experiences lack the accuracy and security required for interacting with enterprise knowledge. AI can help serve your customers better, transform employee and system efficiencies, and unlock entirely...

Pryon delivers enterprise-grade AI solutions that transform how companies develop and maximize relationships with customers, employees, and partners. Existing implementations as seen in consumer AI experiences lack the accuracy and security required for interacting with enterprise knowledge. AI can help serve your customers better, transform employee and system efficiencies, and unlock entirely new ways to do business. However, truly game-changing AI is hard to do well. Pryon’s team knows AI…from A to Z. It is comprised of those who successfully created the mainstream technology acquired by and implemented in today’s leading AI experiences, including Amazon’s Alexa and IBM’s Watson.

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Bivarus

Founders: 

Seth Glickman, MD, MBA; Kevin Schulman, MD, MBA,

Bivarus is at the forefront of providing a real-time cloud-based analytics platform for transforming patient-centered measurement into actionable insights and improved caregiver delivery. With Bivarus, healthcare organizations can more easily gather dynamic consumer feedback, monitor continuous quality improvement (CQI) initiatives as well as improve care coordination, team performance and...

Bivarus is at the forefront of providing a real-time cloud-based analytics platform for transforming patient-centered measurement into actionable insights and improved caregiver delivery. With Bivarus, healthcare organizations can more easily gather dynamic consumer feedback, monitor continuous quality improvement (CQI) initiatives as well as improve care coordination, team performance and service operations. Bivarus’ platform provides better patient-reported data, delivered faster, at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods. In January 2018, Press Ganey acquired Bivarus to expand its comprehensive suite of solutions designed to help clients improve the overall safety, quality and experience of care for consumers.

 

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Bright Wolf

Founders: 

James Branigan, Patrick Dempsey

Bright Wolf builds and deploys industrial strength solutions that transform people, processes and products through the Internet of Things. Combined with genuine connected systems experience that strategically spans the full spectrum from sensor/device connectivity to analysis, action and enterprise integration, Bright Wolf is uniquely positioned to be a trusted partner in enabling comprehensive,...

Bright Wolf builds and deploys industrial strength solutions that transform people, processes and products through the Internet of Things. Combined with genuine connected systems experience that strategically spans the full spectrum from sensor/device connectivity to analysis, action and enterprise integration, Bright Wolf is uniquely positioned to be a trusted partner in enabling comprehensive, future resistant solutions that can generate real results for businesses.

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CloudFactory

Founder: 

Mark Sears

CloudFactory is a purpose-driven company that uses a combination of the latest technology and an amazing global workforce to bring production lines into the realm of digital work. Tedious back office work can now be completed faster, cheaper and to a higher accuracy thanks to a disruptive view of the outsourcing model and a mission to connect one million people in the developing world to basic...

CloudFactory is a purpose-driven company that uses a combination of the latest technology and an amazing global workforce to bring production lines into the realm of digital work. Tedious back office work can now be completed faster, cheaper and to a higher accuracy thanks to a disruptive view of the outsourcing model and a mission to connect one million people in the developing world to basic computer work while raising them up as leaders to address poverty in their own communities.

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Dignify Therapeutics, LLC

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Founders: Edward Burgard, Ph.D.; Karl B. Thor, Ph.D.; Lesley Marson, Ph.D.; Velu Karicheti, Ph.D.; Dan Ricca, Ph.D.; Aura Kullmann, Ph.D.; Eboo Versi, MD, Ph.D.; Benny Ward; Tatyana Touzova; Mary Katofiasc

Dignify Therapeutics is a virtual drug development company located in Research Triangle Park, NC focused on developing novel bladder and bowel drug therapies for spinal cord injured, multiple sclerosis and similar patient populations with voiding dysfunction. By combining novel pharmaceutical agents with drug delivery technology, Dignify Therapeutics will restore the dignity of voluntary...

Dignify Therapeutics is a virtual drug development company located in Research Triangle Park, NC focused on developing novel bladder and bowel drug therapies for spinal cord injured, multiple sclerosis and similar patient populations with voiding dysfunction. By combining novel pharmaceutical agents with drug delivery technology, Dignify Therapeutics will restore the dignity of voluntary excretory function for these patients.

The founders and management team of Dignify Therapeutics are experienced entrepreneurs and pharmaceutical industry veterans that collectively have founded five previous biotech startups. These previous companies focused on urology, gastrointestinal and CNS drug development, and raised over $100 MM in venture capital and government grant funding.

 

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iScribes

Founders: 

Jared Pelo, David Meisner

iScribes offers virtual medical scribes for higher quality patient visits. By equipping physicians with a mobile app and wearable technology to record patient visits, iScribes is a HIPAA compliant technology solution that seamlessly integrates highly trained remote scribes into physicians’ workflow.

Lonerider

Founder: 

SUMIT VOHRA

Lonerider opened its doors in Raleigh, North Carolina on January 23rd, 2009 with a beer and a dream. Today, Lonerider is distributed in six states and is counted amongst top 150 breweries in USA. As an Inc. 5000, CED Top 25, Association for Corporate Growth small business winner amongst others, Lonerider crafts each of its beers with the highest quality ingredients. As a result Lonerider has a...

Lonerider opened its doors in Raleigh, North Carolina on January 23rd, 2009 with a beer and a dream. Today, Lonerider is distributed in six states and is counted amongst top 150 breweries in USA. As an Inc. 5000, CED Top 25, Association for Corporate Growth small business winner amongst others, Lonerider crafts each of its beers with the highest quality ingredients. As a result Lonerider has a portfolio of award winning beers, including medals from prestigious national and international competitions such as Great American Beer Fest and World Cup.

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Lucerno Dynamics

Founder: 

Ron Lattanze

Lucerno Dynamics’ breakthrough system can detect and quantify the dynamic uptake of radiolabeled biomarkers in tissue quickly, safely, and inexpensively. This technology has potential human applications in assuring the quality of PET injections and monitoring therapy response, and animal research uses for preclinical evaluation of compounds.

NIRvana Sciences

Founders: 

Russell Thomas, Preston Linn, Dr. Jonathan Lindsey

NIRvana Sciences develops and commercializes near-infrared fluorescent dyes for use in medical diagnostics and optical imaging. NIRvana Sciences is a spin-out company from North Carolina State University commercializing new fluorescent dyes with ultra narrow spectral properties. This advantage creates the opportunity to triple the markers analyzed in medical diagnostic and imaging tests offering...

NIRvana Sciences develops and commercializes near-infrared fluorescent dyes for use in medical diagnostics and optical imaging. NIRvana Sciences is a spin-out company from North Carolina State University commercializing new fluorescent dyes with ultra narrow spectral properties. This advantage creates the opportunity to triple the markers analyzed in medical diagnostic and imaging tests offering significant value to researchers and clinicians. The company has an experienced team and is located at First Flight Venture Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

– Recipient, Fall 2013 NC IDEA Grant

– Early Stage Presenting Company, 2013 Southeast BIO Investor & Partnering Forum

– Member, First Flight Venture Center

 

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RewardStock

Founder: 

Jonathan Hayes

RewardStock is a free website that shows users how to optimize the value of frequent-flyer, hotel and credit card points for free travel.

Savii Care

Founders: 

Michelle Harper, David Nason

Savii Care is a home care agency management platform offering the most complete care coordination software available. Savii Care addresses the complexities of delivering professional home care services in an environment where demand for home-based care is growing rapidly.

Seal the Seasons

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FOUNDER: PATRICK MATEER

Seal the Seasons flash-freezes local produce so people can buy local every season. In addition to providing healthy food options, the company works with local farms to give a sustainable market for produce year-round. Founded in 2013 while attending UNC-Chapel Hill, Mateer was one of the youngest to be placed on Forbes’ 2018 30 Under 30 list of Social Entrepreneurs.

Spiffy Mobile Car Wash

Founders: 

Karl Murphy, Scot Wingo

Technology enabled, on-demand mobile car washing and detailing service. The Spiffy app allows iPhone and Android users to schedule, track and pay for car washing and detailing services that are delivered by self-contained, environmentally compliant car washing vans to consumers at home and work.  Spiffy joined the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network in March 2015

Symberix

Founders: 

Matthew Redinbo, Ward Peterson

Symberix is a therapeutic discovery company that has discovered a way to target enzymes produced by the gut microbiome, which causes chemotherapeutic side effects. Symberix identified a link between microbial changes in the gut and the dose-limiting gastrointestinal side effects of certain drugs. The Chapel Hill-based startup is testing an inhibitor that could reduce gastronintestinal side...

Symberix is a therapeutic discovery company that has discovered a way to target enzymes produced by the gut microbiome, which causes chemotherapeutic side effects. Symberix identified a link between microbial changes in the gut and the dose-limiting gastrointestinal side effects of certain drugs. The Chapel Hill-based startup is testing an inhibitor that could reduce gastronintestinal side effects. The inhibitor would target bacterial enzymes affected by chemotherapy drugs without killing other bacteria in the gut that are essential for health.

– 2013 Carolina Kickstart Commercialization Award

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Target PharmaSolutions

Founders: 

Meg Booth Powell, Dr. Mike Friedman

Target PharmaSolutions is a clinical information company that is focused on providing a more efficient solution for fulfilling post marketing commitments than traditional Phase-4 trials.