The 2011 NVC Finalists Are…

Sixteen teams traveled to Portland, OR to participate in our business plan competition. Now, four teams are going to the finals to compete for the $25,000 grand prize. Oregon New Venture Championship congratulates the four teams who are going to the finals!

The results are in, the judges have been fed and it is time to kick off the finalist reception! Congratulations to:

VisiRay, University of Oregon


Team members include: Walther Buecklers, Andrew Cook, Orit Ofri and James St. Clair; Faculty Adviser: Don Upson

VisiRay plans to bring airport scanning technology to the pest control industry through their new pest detection product. This product provides visual evidence of pest infestation in the home. When asked about their chances in Saturday’s finalist competition, Walther Buechklers of VisiRay concludes, “we did really well today, and if we do the same tomorrow, I think we have a decent chance of winning”.

aQuainnova, SASIN


Donsiri Aromsook, Porametr Chetnakarnkul, Prapada Prapan, Nichaboon Purnaveja, Patraporn Saenawatanakul; Faculty Adviser: Nick Pisalyapua

The vision at aQuainnova is to develop tools that will detect common viruses in aquaculture. Their first prototype, Genovex, detects common viruses in shrimp. aQuainnova traveled to NVC from Thailand and is one of the competition’s most impressive international teams.

Hemova Medical, Johns Hopkins University

Hemova Medical

Team members include: Sherri Hall, Peter Li, Shishira Nagesh, Mary O'Grady and Thora Thorgilsdottir; Faculty Adviser: Souymadipta Acharya

A patented technology, Hemova Medical has developed a new way to access blood for dialysis that will remain accessible for up to four times longer than current methods. “The judges said that out of all of the teams that they’ve seen, we were the only one to own their IP. We developed technology from the ground up, and this money would help us with the next stages,” Shishira Nagesh stated.

ClearBrook Imaging, University of Texas at Austin

ClearBrook Imaging

Team members include: Ryan Miller, David Mortellaro and Jimmy Su; Faculty Adviser: Gary Cadenhead

ClearBrook Imaging is a specialty medical device company that focuses on the development of a cardiac catheterization imaging technology. This technology will allow medical professionals to efficiently diagnose cardiac diseases.


Written by: Nic Corpora and Nicole Hyslop


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