Recognized Innovation

Blue Water Technologies
Inventors: Gregory Moller, Associate Professor of Food Science, and Remy Newcombe, a Ph.D. Graduate
The technology is a method of using ozone with a moving, iron-coated sand filter to destroy and remove dissolved organic matter from wastewater. This is a potential replacement for chlorine treatments that result in the formation of environmental contaminants such as trihalo-methane and other chlorinated hydrocarbons. The technology is also a means to remove emerging contaminants, such as hormones and other pharmaceutical wastes from wastewater. The technology is described in U.S. Patent 7,744,764.


Aquatic Life Sciences located in Ferndale, WA
Inventors: Kenneth Cain, Professor – Fish and Wildlife Resources, Benjamin LaFrentz, Master Graduate, and Scott LaPatra, Clear Springs Foods
The technology is a vaccine for Coldwater Disease in trout and other salmonoids. The disease causes lesion and ultimately death. Coldwater Disease costs Idaho’s trout aquaculture industry over $10 million in losses each year and impacts other fisheries and aquaculture industries outside Idaho. The vaccine is based on a bacteria normally found in the healthy fish gut. The technology is described in U.S. Patent 7,740,864.


Licensee wishes to remain anonymous until product launch
Inventor: Patrick Hrdlicka
3. The technology is a unique family of nucleic acid based therapeutic and diagnostic chemistries. The licensed application is the use of a subset of these chemistries in the sex selection in the breeding of swine, bovine, and other production animals. The technology is patent pending.


Native Roots located in Kimberly, ID
Breeder of plant varieties: Steve Love, Professor of Horticultural Science and Community Horticulture Specialist
The technology consists of a large variety of native plants selected for their hardiness and appearance. A key application of these plants is in xeriscaping in residential and commercial settings. Xeriscaping is landscaping with a reduced or eliminated need for irrigation and chemical applications

Some of the varieties are in the process of being submitted for plant variety protection, a form of “patenting” for sexually reproducing plants. The breeder of these plant varieties is Steve Love, Professor of Horticultural Science and Community Horticulture Specialist. A large group of these varieties was licensed by a new wholly-owned subsidiary of Conservation Seeding and Restoration – Native Roots located in Kimberly, ID.

Increasing the ability to grow sufficient quantities of these and other native plant varieties for Native Roots and other nurseries was the subject of a Idaho Incubation Fund project, funded by the Higher Education Research Council of the State Board of Education. This project and investment by Native Roots accelerated the commercial introduction of these plants by approximately a year.


Clocktower Media, Inc
Leslie Thompson, INBRE
The technology is a web-based system for administrative reporting on major federally funded program. This system was built for the Idaho Network of Biomedical Research Excellence program and is licensed to Clocktower Media, Inc.

The Idaho INBRE Program is funded by NIH Grant Nos. P20 RR016454 (National Center for Research Resources) and P20 GM103408 (National Institute of General Medical Sciences).


ICs, LLC
Designs were created by Chad Orbe
The technology is a pair of microelectronic chip designs used together in data compression and transmission applications. Radiation hardened technology was used in the design, so the primary applications relate to near and deep space missions.

John Shovic, Ph.D

Dr. Shovic will present lessons from 25 years of entrepreneuring and how chaos has affected each of his six companies. He will talk about key decisions, disasters and responses to those chaotic crises. More