Latvian company Elogium Probiotics SIA is developing a probiotic solution for the chicken broiler industry. Since the ban on the prophylactic use of antibiotics in livestock farming, two major problems in this field have emerged, namely the presence of pathogenic bacteria and the lack of ways to increase animal growth in the absence of growth promoters such as antibiotics. Probiotics, bacteria that have a positive effect on the host, have emerged as an alternative solution to both the occurrence of pathogenic bacteria and the increase in animal growth. The University of Ljubljana has granted the company an exclusive licence to exploit the invention, which foresees the use of B. subtilis as a feed or water additive in poultry farming, effectively reducing the number of the most prevalent pathogenic bacteria in chickens and also increasing the weight of starter chickens. The co-founders of the spin-off company of the University of Ljubljana are also employees of the University of Ljubljana, namely dr. Ines Mandič Mulec, Ph.D. Katarina Šimunovič, Ph.D. Andi Erega, Ph.D. Anja Klančnik and Dr. Polonca Štefanič, who are also the inventors of the invention of Bacillus subtilis strains for controlling pathogenic bacteria and increasing growth in poultry.
The term spin-out company is used for a company founded by one or several employees of the University of Ljubljana.
The purpose of a spin-out company is to further develop and market the knowledge created within employment at the University, and the transfer thereof to the new company either by granting a licence or selling the intellectual property rights.
DIVJALABS d.o.o. is a high-tech spin-out company of the University of Ljubljana, which provides services for assessing the abundance of wild animal populations, identifying social structure, assessing the sexual structure, genetic diversity of populations, and identifying individuals using molecular genetic methods. The company was founded at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Biotechnics (UL BF) by Tomaž Skrbinšek, Ph.D., Marta De Barba, Ph.D., Marjeta Konec, Ph.D., Astrid Vik Stronen, Ph.D., and Barbara Boljte. The University of Ljubljana concluded a license agreement with the company, granting the company a license for the non-exclusive right to exploit expertise and experience that enables the high-quality use of existing and the development and use of new prototype analyses for genetic monitoring of wild populations of large animals and ungulates.
Revelo d.o.o. is a spin-out company of the Faculty of Computer Science and Informatics, Laboratory of Bioinformatics. Blaž Zupan, Ph.D., from the University of Ljubljana was involved in the establishment of the company. The consulting company deals with data analytics and accelerates the introduction of data technologies in companies. The University of Ljubljana has concluded a license agreement with the company for the use of Orange software for consulting and educational purposes. The Orange software combines visual analytics and machine learning and has been fully developed at the Faculty of Computer Science and Informatics, Bioinformatics Laboratory. Orange is available to the public under an open-source licence (GPL-3)
SPEKTRAL d.o.o. is a spin-out company of the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering. It is a newly established consultancy company dealing with structural design, structural retrofitting, seismic assessment, and soil-structure interaction analysis. Its founders are civil engineers Blaž Zoubek, Ph.D. and Jure Žižmond, Ph.D., experts in dynamic response analysis and earthquake-resistant design. The company is involved, among other things, in the design of seismic rehabilitation or strengthening of vulnerable buildings, for which it uses so-called seismic restraints, which are dedicated structural elements for strengthening industrial and commercial prefabricated buildings. The seismic restraints were developed in cooperation with the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodesy, and a license agreement was concluded with the company.
The company mPOR, development and production of electroporation devices, d.o.o. is a spin-out company of the Laboratory of Biocybernetics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, founded in March 2021. In the year 2021, the innovation “a prototype bipolar high-frequency electroporator” won 1st place and thus the Rector’s Prize for the best innovation of the University of Ljubljana in the category of researchers. They won the prize for their innovative solution, the first apparatus for almost painless electroporation.
Part of this innovation is a laboratory electroporator for high-frequency bipolar pulses, for which the University of Ljubljana has granted the company a license for its commercial exploitation. Electroporation is an established method for increasing the permeability of cell membranes. Its wide range of applications extends to various fields such as medicine, biotechnology, and environmental sciences. Experimentation with a wide range of parameters of the applied electrical pulses has in the past led to the discovery and development of several technological procedures and treatments based on electroporation. These include cancer treatment, gene therapy, tissue ablation, cell fusion, food preparation and processing, and water purification, to name but a few.
Founded in 2006 as a start-up, Acies Bio represents an example of best practice in biotechnology. The company develops new microbial strains, bioprocesses, and bioactive compounds that improve people’s lives and enable sustainable solutions for the pharmaceutical, food, and chemical industries. Its business model is based on two pillars: contractual research for industry and in-house research. It is a research-oriented company that develops solutions for the biotechnological production of high-added value molecules, while seeking partners to market its products. In 2018, they entered a partnership with the Chinese biotechnology company Desano. The company has grown to 37 employees since its start-up days, or 50 to 60 if counting contractors.
Kinestica is a spin-out company that engineers biomedical rehabilitation technology. It was established at the UL Faculty of Electrical Engineering’s Laboratory for Robotics. The company develops and produces medical devices for neurological recovery after stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and other impairments. The company is presently active in Europe and Asia.
Their first product is Bimeo, a sensor based system for neurological rehabilitation using virtual reality. The system allows patients to perform therapeutic tasks in a virtual reality environment by moving their arms. Using various modes, the therapy can be adapted to patients at different stages of rehabilitation.
Reinhausen 2e is a spin-out company established at the Laboratory of Electricity Networks and Devices at the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Electrical Engineering. The company was established in 2009 and became a part of the Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen group two years later. The company aims to become the leading regional producer of advanced compensation devices for active high voltage energy grids, and appliances for voltage monitoring and quality assurance. Their solutions are custom designed to the client’s requirements and the system conditions at the grid connection point. The company is also developing other applications for the electricity segment that are primarily aimed at improving end-user energy efficiency and introducing active electricity grids.
Abelium is a Faculty of Mathematics and Physics spin-out company established in 2010. It is a young, high-tech company specialised in conducting research on complex problems in business and industry. It provides innovative information technologies to support diverse processes in the economy that require management of ICT and web technologies, are data- and computationally-intensive, and require specialised knowledge in mathematics, physics, and computer science. The company is active in the areas of numerical simulation, computer vision, e-health services, optimisation of logistical processes, mathematically-based geometric modelling, and collaborating with knowledge institutions.
Animacel is a spin-out company founded at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Ljubljana. Based on top-level science in the area of stem-cell therapy for animals, the company developed a revolutionary method of treating animals with joint, tendon and ligament disorders. Stem-cell therapy has been used in veterinary care for over a decade, with over 20,000 animal patients treated to date. Animacel uses adult stem cells from fatty tissue. Fatty tissue is adult tissue with the greatest amount of stem cells. The company cooperates successfully with veterinary clinics in Slovenia, as well as in Austria and Germany.
Internet Institute is a Faculty of Electrical Engineering spin-out company. It is an innovation-intensive company specialising in the internet of things and cloud solutions. Its expertise is in the automation of operations, administration and management (OAM), and in quality and performance evaluation of internet systems and services. One of their products is the network quality monitoring suite qMON. qMON agents holistically capture end-user conditions and live services and represent them through 500+ collected parameters. Each agent emulates user actions and the way services are used, and while doing so continuously measures a comprehensive range of parameters along the entire communication path. This provides a network snapshot spanning from physical parameters to the end-user experience.
Infinitas is a spin-out company established at the Laboratory of Power Systems at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. It is focused on consulting and developing software solutions for the electricity and energy sectors. Their consultancy services include technical and economic analyses and studies on electricity generation, electricity systems and grids, industry, major energy consumers, and households. In addition to analyses and studies, the company also offers products and software solutions in the above areas.
Visionect was founded in 2007 and has become the leading designer and developer of low-power digital displays. With cutting-edge innovation and years of field-tested deployments, the company is changing the way information is being delivered, leading the global information revolution with greener and more technologically advanced displays. Visionect is characterised by its revolutionary Place & Play approach featuring simple, well-designed, and user-friendly products that are easy to install.
Ten years of customer feedback, a team of expert engineers, and love for their work have produced Joan, an award-winning conference room scheduling solution. Built on revolutionary low-power e-paper technology, the device seamlessly connects to existing calendars and infrastructure, has no buttons, and is ready to install in minutes.
Genialis is a company that empowers biologists to dive into their data and liberates bioinformaticians to focus on complex analyses. The company has developed web-based software that automates data management and analysis. It offers an intuitive and interactive work environment for exploring and sharing the results. The company’s products are used by academic and research institutions, as well as pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Using their software, data obtained by sequencing different genomes (human, animal, microbial, etc.) become available to scientists that otherwise would not be able to study and analyse them.
Vitasis is a company conceived at the Faculty of Computer and Information Science at the University of Ljubljana. It was founded by the Slovenian company Ipmit, which acquired the intellectual property rights for Vitabits, created at the same Faculty. The company took over the management of Vitabits and is specialised in the development of ICT solutions in telemedicine and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. Their pilot projects, associated with the future development of Vitabits, focus on the remote monitoring of patients with chronic diseases and chronic heart failure, as well as deploying Vitabits for programmes promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. Read more about Vitabits – a good example of knowledge transfer from academia to industry (in Slovenian language).
Envit is a University of Ljubljana spin-out company for environmental technology and engineering that was established in 2010. The company was founded by Domen Leštan and two PhD students when the development of innovative soil remediation technology (subsequently named ReSoil) reached a level that demonstrated the feasibility and commercial potential of the technology. Neža Finžgar joined as managing director, and the company was bought out by Arhel, which enabled the ReSoil technology to level-up with the construction of a demonstration plant in Prevalje. ReSoil is a sustainable technology for cleaning contaminated soil: in addition to recycling the main reagent, it permits closed-loop reuse of all process water with no liquid waste, while the remediated soil preserves its properties and can provide ecosystem services such as growing safe food. The ReSoil technology is protected by two international patents, while another international patent application is pending. Envit has a license agreement with the University of Ljubljana for use of the ReSoil technology.
Together with the University of Ljubljana, Envit has participated in a number of research projects financed by the Slovenian Research Agency. It is currently part of a project that is jointly financed by the Slovenian Research Agency and the Austrian Science Fund, and includes the participation of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. Envit is the beneficiary of the LIFE+ and the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument European research programmes, and a participant in the Posidon project under the Horizon 2020 programme.