The VIC Dozen: 12 Companies Form Incubator's Portfolio

Virtual Incubation's roster of portfolio companies represents technology ranging from breast cancer detection to "laboratories-on-a-chip." Here's a look at VIC's 12 companies:

Ascendant Diagnostics

A breast cancer diagnostics company licensed from technology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences that can diagnose breast cancer much more reliably than mammograms.

BioDetection Instruments

Produces high-performance biosensors, assay kits and instruments for the rapid detection of food pathogens and chemical residues.


A multiple winner on the international business plan competition circuit during the last year, this University of Arkansas startup has developed a treatment for osteoporosis that binds to the bone and encourages new bone growth.


Has developed an innovative approach for cost-effective delivery of dissolved oxygen to a wide range of target concentrations. (See Story on Page 19.)


Its tech differentiates benign lesions such as moles or liver spots from malignant ones, such as melanoma, a deadly cancer for which early diagnosis is key to survival.


Developing innovative uses of DNA nanomaterials for a wide range of applications, including cancer therapeutics, biomedical devices, DNA memory and computing.

GuardIN Fresh

Commercializing a patent-pending process for innovative shelf-life-extending polymers benefiting perishable produce and floral products.

Minotaur Technologies

Based on University of Texas technology, Minotaur develops new laser-based instruments for life sciences research.


Designs and manufactures innovative nanoparticle additives and nanoparticle-based coatings used for a variety of applications including military.

Nutraceutical Innovations

Developing healthy applications for the processing of rice bran and other food sources that have numerous potential health benefits including anti-cancer properties.

SFC Fluidics

Develops microfluidic technologies that enable more powerful laboratories-on-a-chip, analytical tools, clinical diagnostics and life science research instruments.


Provides high-performance biological and chemical detection systems for use in medical and environmental detection of proteins, DNA, whole cells and micro-organisms.