Park Points – January 8, 2024

Happy 2024! We’re back with a New Year’s edition of Park Points. Get a quick recap of news, information and events relevant to the mission and vision of KU Innovation Park. Please note that the administrative offices for the Park will be closed on Monday, January 15, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Two Park companies on startups to watch list

What a way to kick off 2024! Two Park companies – Invary and Mpruv Sportsare 2024 Kansas City startups to watch, according to Startland News.

Why it matters: “They help reflect a new golden era in Kansas City,” writes Tommy Felts, the editor-in-chief of Startland News. Ten companies were selected for the 2024 class.

ICYMI – Local honors for long-time Park leader 

LaVerne Epp, the long-time leader of KU Innovation Park, will be honored as the 2024 Citizen of the Years by The Chamber of Lawrence.

Why it matters: LaVerne was a driving force behind the founding of the Park in 2008, then known as the Bioscience and Technology Business Center.

  • LaVerne served as Executive Chairman for the Park until his death in September 2023.
  • The award will be given posthumously at The Chamber’s annual meeting on January 26, 2024.

One Cool Discovery

Staying cool is making us hot. And the demand isn’t chilling, either. That’s why Icorium Engineering Company is blazing a trail in recycling refrigerants.

Why it matters: Refrigerants, like those used in air conditioners and grocery store coolers, are being phased out because of global warming concerns. The technology to separate the refrigerant mixtures and reuse the components in new products hasn’t existed.

  • That is until Kalin Baca, Ph.D., MBA and Professor Mark Shiflett teamed up at KU.
  • Icorium was granted an NSF Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I award in 2023.
  • A participant in the Park’s accelerator program, Icorium now has its own office space and is looking forward to its first commercial contract in 2024.

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*KU Innovation Park is an investor in Invary.