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Spinning from Sarnoff’s Web — Part II
Here is the impressive list of spinoffs and ancillary endeavors. Some
have addresses as far flung as Vancouver and Tennessee, but if no
address is given, the company is collecting its mail on Fisher Place.
The companies fall into three general categories: Information
biomedical, and semiconductors or microelectronics. Many have
impressive venture capital funding, not only in good amounts but also
from prestigious names.
CEO. 609-514-4032; fax, 609-514-4029. Home page:
products that integrate and deliver compressed stream content will
provide cost-effective, flexible ways to deliver digital content.
This technology is expected to encourage TV broadcaster, cable
and Internet firms to move more aggressively into digital technology.
The firm’s partner is Mercury Computer Systems (U.S. 1, November 22,
AgileVision’s software will enable broadcasters to get on air fast
with sophistication without spending a lot of money on single function
boxes. It let’s them do things in the digital domain that they didn’t
think could be done.
Erick J. Frim, general manager. 609-987-9199; fax, 609-987-0545. Home
include hardware, software, back office and integration so that cable
companies can seamlessly offer hundreds of simultaneous choices. One
stand-alone product is an interactive program guide (IPG) that lets
viewers search and find viewing choices in real time. It allows
to profit indirectly from the DTV revolution.
Founded as Sarnoff Real Time Corporation it was bought by DWA System
Corp. This firm has had strategic investments from Charter
ntl, General Instrument (now Motorola), Open TVe, Liberate, and Starz
08830. Kenneth Sun, president. 732-590-0102; fax, 732-452-9726. Home
MPEG-4 compliant interactive multimedia technologies that can bring
"lightening fast loading of still images and high quality
streaming video" with only low bandwidth. Aiming to be the leading
branded technology leader in stream rich media for the mass market,
e-Vue started shipping products — including plug-ins for Adobe
Photoshop — in September, 2000.
The "preview feature," which lets viewers see a small version
of the image before choosing to download the complete version, makes
these products especially popular. MPEG-4 files reduce costs because
they are two to five times as small as JPEG compressed images of equal
"MPEG 4 is the hottest multimedia standard in the world,"
says Ed Hansch, director of marketing. "It is the only video
that will scale, and its image and video products are at the forefront
of the revolution in interactive computing — PCs, cable, and the
wireless industry. It is more powerful than any of the proprietary
solutions. Choose one standard format, and any player adhering to
the standard can play the content," says Hansch.
Charles Xue, the co-founder and chairman of the 30-person firm, is
also the co-founder of UT Starcom (Nasdaq: UTSI) and is the current
chairman of the largest E-commerce portal in China, 8848.net. Kenneth
Sun, co-founder and president, is an alumnus of Johnston Associates.
He was vice president at the Cherry Valley Road-based venture capital
firm, and he was deputy general manager for a Hong Kong-Canadian joint
investment fund. He has a doctor’s degree from the State University
of New York.
John Lynch, COO and CTO, was most recently vice president of systems
products at Ariel Corporation, the digital signal processors firm
on Route 130. For 16 years he worked at Bell Labs, where he directed
modem and multimedia development. Bill Ponton, vice president of sales
and OEM (original equipment manufacturer) business development, had
been a systems engineer on the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor. He has
also consulted to a video-on-demand server provider, Vivid Technology,
and done strategic planning for Kinetic Systems.
Other officers are Jeff Aber, vice president of business development
with wide experience in the entertainment business, and Tony Kim,
CFO, formerly with Neuberger Berman and Merrill Lynch’s San
TEchnology M&A Group. Sarnoff’s vice president of ventures, Anne Van
Lent, is on the board.
08057. Tom Drury, president. 609-222-9090; fax, 609-222-9020.
commercial spinout. Offering biometric solutions — an
computer vision system, it merged last August with IriScan in Marlton,
Pennsylvania, to form Iridian. IriScan has technology for the physical
access and security industries, and Sensar has experience in the
and finance industries.
Goldstein, executive vice president, founder. 978-263-6525;
Home page: www.lifeclips.com
What happens to all those home videos? LifeClips is working on a
to convert them to DVD and to also improve the image quality. Michael
Goldstein, the CEO, is a familiar name in Princeton. The son of a
systems engineers at Bell Labs, Goldstein is a Brown alumnus (Class
of 1975) and a Harvard MBA. He helped pioneer some of the earliest
multimedia technologies of telecommunications technologies, was vice
president of Macmillan Software, a consultant at McKinsey, and then
president and CEO of Voxware, the College Road-based
firm that had phenomenal growth when it switched from transforming
voices for video games to enabling Internet phone calls. But after
Goldstein took Voxware public in 1996, Wall Street was disappointed
in its results, and he left the company in 1997.
new nVention incubator and was established last March to develop Tuku,
an Internet-based peer-to-peer content network that could change the
way users connect with content providers. This totally distributed
system automatically matches up Internet users who want certain
with the providers who can supply it. Tuku also offers a way for the
content to get endorsements from other users — by creating on-line
communities of shared interests.
"Portals that participate in the pilot launch of Tuku will make
their websites `sticker’ because they’ll be accessed by a larger
of customers who are truly interested in their offerings," says
Max Ott, CTO.
Tuku also offers a way for the content to get endorsements from other
users — by creating on-line communities of shared interests. To
participate, a user loads free Tuku software and sets up a profile
of interests. This profile goes into the Tukunet network, and these
profiles are merged to create an overall profile of the user
Messages received from the network appear in a user’s mailbox, sorted
and ranked by degree of importance to the user’s interest.
"This ranking system helps users tell what they should read
says Ott. "That gives relevant content a larger share of the
(iPIX), Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Home page: www.ipix.com
at Sarnoff, enables VideoBrush products. Its owner, iPIX, provides
360 degree Internet imaging for real estate, E-retail, travel,
entertainment, consumer online auction, architecture, engineering,
construction, and insurance markets.
York 10119. Cliff Jenks, president and CEO. 212-244-8438. Home
Corporation to profit directly from the DTV revolution. It offers
secure data broadcast architecture, infrastructure, and content
for broadcasters, content providers, and consumers. These broadcast
E-commerce systems are supported by various business models, including
ad supported content distribution.
Drive, Suite 202, Princeton Corporate Plaza, Monmouth Junction 08852.
Martyn Greenacre, CEO. David King, president. 732-329-3407; fax,
Home page: www.delsyspharma.com
substance onto a film, Delsys’ Accudep — dry powder electrostatic
deposition — technology enables unique products, simplifies
and allows the drug content of each individual dosage unit to be
in minute quantities. The company uses Accudep to formulate and
proprietary pharmaceutical dosage forms, which can expand the market
opportunities for many marketed drugs as well as streamline the
process for compounds in development. It has just over 50 employees.
HealthCare Ventures on Nassau Street provided early venture funding,
and other investors include Rho Management, CenterPoint Ventures,
and Prism Venture Partners. It has partnerships with such big pharmas
as Glaxo Smith-Kline, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Elan.
Home page: www.GeneAccess.com
researchers can purchase convenient-to-use CDs with genomics
from public databases.
and algorithms — can speed up drug discovery and make it more
efficient. The algorithms use the 3-D structure of a protein to
the biologically relevant binding site; then they design a list of
drug compounds that will bind well to that site.
East, Box 2197, Princeton 08543-2197. Dale R. Pfost Ph.D, chairman,
president and CEO. 609-750-2200; fax, 609-750-2250. Home page:
products, services, and technologies for single nucleotide
(SNP) scoring and genetic diversity analyses. It develops proprietary
SNP analysis technologies (SNP-IT), it markets SNPstream instruments
and SNPware consumables that rapidly generate highly accurate SNP
information at a significantly lower cost than conventional systems.
The SNP-IT can be used by both small-scale laboratories and large
commercial facilities. This adaptability also enables Orchid to
with industry leaders to make SNP-IT products available on a wide
variety of instrument platforms. Also, through its Clinical Genetics
Network (CGN), Orchid seeks to identify proprietary medical
of SNPs (U.S. 1, August 23, 2000).
The company’s GeneScreen subsidiary launched a website for patients
needing bone marrow transplants (www.BoneMarrowTest.com). It will
help the patients access private donor testing and is part of a
initiative. It will provide a national listing of donor drives, will
offer a "send a friend" E-mail feature to refer people to
these drives, online ordering of testing kits, and help with finding
Cedar Brook Corporate Center, Cranbury 08512. Fred Fritz, president
and CEO. 609-409-4500; fax, 609-409-4510. Home page:
is now on sale. After 40 days, this product can be replaced with a
new prescription, just like it. Venture funders include Bank America
Ventures, Oak Investment Partners, Prism Ventures, Tredagar, J&J
Corporation, and UTIMCO (U.S. 1, May 17, 2000). It recently acquired
$45 million in private capital to advertise its signature product
aid and to distribute it to Canada, Europe, and Japan.
Building, Route 413 & Doublewoods Road, Suite 105, Langhorne 19047.
Matt Miller, president and CEO. 267-757-1100; fax, 267-757-1120. Home
in 1996, NxtWave has its headquarters in Langhorne, Pennsylvania,
but its manufacturers’ representatives are supervised from offices
in Irvine, California. It has high-performance, low-cost
for makers of consumer products such as cable modems, interactive
set-top boxes, digital televisions, and PC video products. With
algorithms it has rapid demodulation and adaptive equalization
Chris Strolle, the company’s vice president of R&D and lead architect,
had been head of the video communications group of the high definition
imaging and computing lab at Sarnoff. He has bachelor’s and master’s
degrees from Penn and owns more than 30 U.S. patents. The president
and CEO, Matt Miller, has degrees from Harvard and Princeton and had
been vice president of technology at General Instrument Corp.
and its funding is being negotiated.
ceramic on metal packages for telecommunications modules and boards.
The firm will initially focus on integrated packages and substrates
for electronics and optoelectronics applications in wired and wireless
Don Scuilli, president. 908-277-4434; fax, 908-277-0169.
has enabled the development of a new mini-fuel cell that can be used
in portable devices. This powerful energy source is environmentally
friendly and cost efficient, and it supplies an unusually high level
of energy density for such products as laptops, cell phones, personal
digital assistants, portable tools, and other consumer devices.
Earlier this month the company announced that it successfully tested
its program. "We provide run times before re-charging at least
10 times longer than current battery technologies," says Donald
Scuilli, CEO. "Imagine being able to use your laptop for a week
before you have to charge it."
This battery can be instantly charged in seconds, not hours, by
the self-contained packet. It is lighter weight than currently
batteries and, because it does not contain heavy metals to store the
electricity, is more friendly to the environment. When recycled, it
will break down to recyclable plastics, water, and sequestered carbon
Cranbury 08512. 609-925-8100. Home page: www.princetonlightwave.com
Its next generation technology for integrated component solutions
includes high performance optical components such as high-power pump
lasers and modules for advanced network applications. It has venture
funding from Morgenthaler Investors, U.S. Venture Partners, and
"We clearly believe that one of the strategic marketplaces is
telecommunications and the main driver is optical communications,"
says CEO Carnes, who cites Princeton Lightwave as having "unique
electronic packaging technology" to make optical components for
609-419-0418; fax, 609-514-4041. Home page: www.pyramidvision.com
and offers high-end real-time video processing for the broadcast
and the consumer market. Its service costs range from a few hundred
dollars to five figures. In addition to selling its services, it also
designs and manufactures real-time computer vision systems. Use of
these extra fast "pyramid processing" techniques can stabilize
video images, detect and track intruders, and generate large mosaic
images from video in real time. Possible products are vehicle-based
vision systems, security and surveillance products, and aerial
Suite 110, Knoxville 37932. Donald Perrine. 609-734-2000; fax,
Home page: www.sarcon.com
this micro-cantilever technology can lower the cost of IR detectors
and expand the market for them. The technology is based on
metal oxide semiconductor technology (CMOS). Current applications
are for fire fighting, automatic driver vision enhancement, home
and surveillance, marine, aviation, industrial, and military systems.
Home page: www.sarif.com
can do high resolution displays but are relatively easy to make. They
are used for projection displays, HDTV, computer monitors, and
07901. Vernon Bremberg, president. 908-277-4434; fax, 908-277-0169.
and anti-diversion systems based on unique material marking and
technology. Electronic detectors reveal otherwise invisible marks
for authentication of currency, bank checks, and other products. Its
materials, which are a trade secret, can be used by all printing
This technology is also available by ink-jet for authentication or
as invisible bar codes carrying variable data.
5300, Gistel, Flanders. Koen Verhaege, executive director.
technical liaison and marketing office located in Flanders in northern
Belgium. Among the products that the branch will offer is TakeCharge,
a technology for integrated device manufacturers and silicon
This technique in integrated circuit design eliminates a process step
— silicide blocking — in making IC wafers and reduces costs
by as much as $50 per wafer. For now, this office will market
to Europe, but plans call for expansion of the office over the next
five to ten years.
a center of high technology," says Sarnoff’s CEO Jim Carnes. New
Jersey doesn’t don’t show up on most surveys for various reasons,
usually because it is carved up into sections and assigned to
and New York metro areas. "Yet the state historically has ranked
at the top of many technologies — including solid state —
and needs more recognition of the vitality and dynamism of its current
businesses. That will help us attract new employees and new
Princeton 08543-5300. James E. Carnes, president & CEO. 609-734-2000;
fax, 609-734-2040. Home page: www.sarnoff.com
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