Wednesday, August 06, 2014
CompanyWeek Profiles Colorado's Sharklet Technologies, the 2010 Venture Showcase Winner at BioWest
"Sharkskin-like texture is proving a formidable foe to bacteria in applications as varied as medical devices and iPhone cases for Mark Spieckers’ growth-minded company.
A bacteria thwarting, shark inspired iPhone case might sound appealing to parents with ice cream and chocolate smeared iPhones but that’s just a foot in the door for second-stage Sharklet Technologies. The company, which moved to Aurora’s Anschutz Medical Campus from Florida in 2010, uses the unique properties of shark’s skin as an inspiration to reduce bacteria-related infections in medical devices.
Really? From medical devices to iPhone cases? 'There’s a significant market for iPhone cases,' explains Sharklet CEO Mark Spiecker. 'Everybody knows what an iPhone case is, and when I walk into a meeting and show him or her our technology it’s a very tangible thing,' he says. He shows the data on how the case repels bacteria based on Sharklet’s patented technologies. Hence a company focused on medical devices and planning to debut its first products this year is starting out with an iPhone case under $30."
Link to the full CompanyWeek profile
Link to the announcement of Sharklet's winning 2010 Venture Showcase presentation
Link to an interview with Mark Spiecker at last year's Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor and Partnering Conference
Quoting from the CBSA website:
"Four emerging life science companies will be selected to present at the 2014 BioWest Venture Showcase to pitch their technology and business plan to a panel of bioscience experts and investors. One outstanding company will be selected for $7,500 cash award, announced at the BioWest Closing Reception."
Link for more information about BioWest 2014