UTinSV 2014

The Cockrell School brought together leaders from Austin and Silicon Valley to exchange Texas-sized ideas and venture capital know-how at UTinSV 2014, held in Menlo Park, Calif.

Startup Spotlight

A quick look at three Cockrell School startups that pitched at UTinSV.


Thomas Milner, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and UT Austin’s Inventor of the Year, developed a surgical device that allows for precise, targeted laser surgery. Milner’s inventions are the basis for FemtoSurg, an early-stage startup seeking to bring light-based image-guided surgical devices to market. FemtoSurg’s platform combines the precise cutting of "femtosecond" lasers, advanced imaging capabilities and subsurface tissue clearing to enable targeted surgery without the damage experienced with standard medical lasers.


The volume of wireless data being transmitted is expected to increase 12-fold by 2016. Graduate student Vidur Bhargava and associate professor Sriram Vishwanath, both of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, developed software that increases connection speed in smartphones while freeing more bandwidth for others. M87’s software uses more than 20 different parameters to search for nearby cellular devices that have stronger signals, enabling a user’s device to match the connection speed of the faster device.


Nanshu Lu, assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, has developed thin, flexible electronics that adhere seamlessly to skin, providing accurate, real-time vital sign monitoring. To take that futuristic research to consumers, Lu has co-founded WiseWear, an early-stage company that develops wearable health monitoring products for fitness and medical applications. With plans to enter the market soon, WiseWear is developing its first prototype — a smart watch that can monitor a wearer’s vital signs, including hydration levels.