Startup Companies

Dr. Wisniewski developed a business infrastructure for commercialization of innovative faculty and student research, which was approved by the Board of Regents in August 2012. This infrastructure includes Seawolf Holdings and Seawolf Venture Fund, which provides seed money for startups. UAA has formed four start up companies:

Rhizoform LogoRhizoform, LLC

Rhizoform, LLC provides a cost-competitive bioengineering technology to manufacture rapidly-renewable thermal insulation. Our product is a carbon-neutral, green, and cost-competitive alternative to synthetic insulation. It provides an innovative and cost-effective approach to revolutionizing thermal insulation. Our insulation guards your investment into building or infrastructure from the climate extremes while protecting the environment.

Rhizoform Information Sheet

Cogniceuitic Solutions, LLCCogniceuitic Solutions logo

Cogniceutic Solutions, LLC has developed a therapeutic treatment which dramatically improves memory and reduces cognitive deficits of aging-associated dementia and neurodegeneration. Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million people over the age of 65 in the US, and 35.6 million people worldwide have dementia according to the World Health Organization. The memory health supplement market had sales of $1.5 billion worldwide in 2013, and it is expected to accelerate in the years to come. Cogniceutic’s product was inspired by the Alaska bog blueberry. In tests with aged rats, the compound yielded statistically significant results in memory improvement, and tests on younger rats showed similar improvements. Human testing will be the next step. Dr. McGill and Dr. Murphy are preparing a submission to the SBIR program at NIH which is increasing funding in this area. Patent pending #14/192,681.

Cogniceuitic Solutions Information Sheet

CFT Solutions™, LLCCFT Solitions Logo

CFT Solutions, LLC provides an innovative and cost- effective approach to revolutionizing snow removal and deicing using carbon fiber tapes. Efficient heating by the carbon fiber tapes embedded under pavement keeps the surface free of snow and ice.

CFT’s patent-pending innovation embeds carbon fiber tapes under asphalt or concrete pavement to heat the surface. Carbon fiber materials including regular carbon fiber and carbon nanofibers exhibit excellent strength and electrical properties, offering great potential for deicing applications. Taking advantage of the strength and low electrical resistivity, a plain, woven 3”-wide carbon fiber tape is assembled into panels for anti-icing and preventing snow accumulation. 

CFT Solutions technology is now installed in front of the new UAA Engineering Building. Picture 1 shows it keeping walkway free of ice and snow. CFT’s product is an innovative approach to snow removal and deicing using carbon fiber tapes. Its efficient heating by carbon fiber tapes keeps a surface free of snow and ice, eliminating plowing and shoveling. This year to date CFT has received revenues of $16,670 which includes the Cook Inlet Housing Authority, with the prospect of $250,000 that includes senior housing, hospitals and high end subdivisions.

CFT Solutions Information Sheet

Zensor™, LLCScreen Shot 2013-04-19 at 4

Zensor, LLC provides a new generation of improved wireless sensors for remote monitoring, system management, climate change, surveillance and security. Low cost, ultra-long lifespan sensors do not require batteries, collect, transmit and store data and can form ad-hoc networks. These sensors are being used to support various remote monitoring challenges in the Arctic for the DHS Center of Excellence at UAA- ADAC.  The sensor patent – “Long Lifespan Wireless Sensors and Sensor Network,” was issued in February 2016 as U.S. Patent No. 9,257,036.

Zensor Information Sheet

For more information about UAA's start ups, contact Dr. Wisniewski at

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