The department has played a substantial role in the launch of several successful start-up companies. Core intellectual property is protected by US and international patents and copyrights, which UNC has exclusively licensed to the companies.

3rd Tech
Redbud Labs



Founded in 1999 by:

Nick England, former Research Professor of Computer Science

About the company:

3rdTech began as a business incubator committed to turning UNC Computer Science technologies into products and, as appropriate, forming subsidiary companies to nurture and bring these products to market. DeltaSphere Inc., HiBall Tracker Inc., and NanoManipulator Inc. are three such companies formed by 3rdTech, and Morphormics, Inc. was incubated under the 3rdTech umbrella. Today, 3rdTech’s primary product line consists of DeltaSphere’s SceneVision-Panorama, SceneVision-3D Visualization and Analysis Software, and Focus3D Laser Scanner products for law enforcement and security applications.



Founded in 2010 by:

Jeff Terrell, Ph.D. in Computer Science, 2009
Sir Robert Burbridge

About the company:

Altometrics used Advanced Behavior Analysis to focus on how systems perform over time. By clearly highlighting strange behaviors, Altometrics alerted users to potential business threats to revenue, expense management, customer satisfaction, and other areas. With a period of strange behavior identified, Altometrics enabled fast, efficient deep drivers into other issues occurring in the same time period. Fingerprinting was Altometric’s unique method of ordering the second stage analysis making current and future issue detection and resolution much more efficient. The company has now dissolved, but its technology was based on the dissertation research of Dr. Jeff Terrell, who is now a faculty member in the department.


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Founded in 2011 by:

Anish Chandak, Ph.D. in Computer Science, 2011
Lakulish Antani, Ph.D. in Computer Science, 2013
Ming Lin, John R. & Louise S. Parker Distinguished Professor of Computer Science
Dinesh Manocha, Phi Delta Theta/Matthew Mason Distinguished Professor of Computer Science

About the company:

Impulsonic develops high performance and accurate acoustics simulation algorithms for architects and acoustic consultants by leveraging high-performance computer graphics techniques and the latest research in acoustics simulation. The company also develops intuitive audio content creation tools for sound designers to create physics-based sound effects for movies, video games, and live theater performances.


inner optic

Founded in 2013 by:

Henry Fuchs, Ph.D., Federico Gill Distinguished Professor of Computer Science
Kurtis Keller, Research Associate and Engineer
Andrei State, Senior Research Scientist

About the company:

InnerOptic Technology develops real-time visualization systems for use in minimally-invasive surgical procedures. The company was launched to commercialize breakthrough medical visualization technology developed at UNC. InnerOptic has an exclusive license to UNC’s patents in minimally invasive surgery, medical visualization, and image-guided surgery. The company’s current products include Spotlight™ software, which fuses pre-operative CT/MR scans with live ultrasound imagery in real time onto a 3D monitor; InnerAIM™ software, which provides 3D guidance for simpler, safer, and more precise needle-based interventions; and Stereo Scope, a single-imager stereo endoscope that is compatible with existing laparoscopic cameras.



Founded in 2001 by:

Stephen Pizer, Kenan Professor of Computer Science
Edward Chaney, Professor of Radiation Oncology
Sarang Joshi, Assistant Professor of Computer Science (now at the University of Utah)

About the company:

Morphormics, Inc. develops image analysis software systems centered on automatic segmentation of anatomical structures from 2D, 3D, and 4D medical images for image-guided medical procedures such as radiation treatment planning and delivery.  Morphormics was acquired by Accuary, Inc. (a publicly traded radiation oncology company) for $5.7 million on July 16, 2012.


Founded in 2010 by:

Richard Superfine, Ph.D., Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Russell Taylor, Ph.D., former Research Professor of Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy, and Applied and Materials Science
Richard Spero, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate in Physics and Astronomy
Founding Partner: Suresh Balu, M.S. in Computer Science, M.B.A.

About the company:

Redbud Labs is a microfluidic chip manufacturer. The company’s patented technologies make it possible to pull on blood clots, individual cells, or small particles- the size of bacterium or smaller- with precise forces. Rheomics sees a market opportunity for this technology in new cancer diagnostics, point-of-care blood clotting analysis, biofluid rheology, and lab instruments to advance biological research. The company is licensing UNC technology developed by the Center for Computer-Integrated Systems for Microscopy and Manipulation (CISMM), an NIH-funded national resource that conducts biophysics research and builds and disseminates bioinstrumentation. Redbud Labs recently announced MXR, a microfluidic mixer that accelerates molecular assays by 10x. The microfluidic mixing chip uses Redbud posts, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) technology conceived by Richard Superfine’s research group at UNC.