Innovation Conference & Showcase 2013

Thank you to all of the sponsors, participants and community members who supported and attended the Innovation Conference and Showcase!!


The Innovation Conference and Showcase is the largest presentation of Texas Gulf Coast emerging technology companies from the energy, information technology, life sciences, nanotechnology and NASA/aerospace sectors.

In addition to the exhibition of more than 40 innovative technology companies, there is an extraordinary luncheon panel on the future of technology and the role of Houston. The panel consists of the following influential Houston Entrepreneurs:

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Brad Burke
Rice Alliance, Managing Director

Jacqueline Northcut
BioHouston, President
Jeff Reichman
Houston Chair,
Startup America-Texas Region
Maryanne Maldonado 
HTC, Vice President and Managing Director, Energy Acceleration










Read the Panel's full bio's here

  We are proud to have Dr. Ellen Ochoa as our keynote.


Director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center and a veteran astronaut, Ochoa became the first Hispanic woman to go to space when she served on a nine-day mission aboard the space shuttle Discovery in 1993. Read Full Bio Here


Dr. Ellen Ochoa will be interviewed by Dr. Bernard Harris, former astronaut, philanthropist, and venture capitalist. Read Full Bio Here

Along with the Conference and showcase, the winners of the Goradia Innovation Prize Awards will be announced. The $150,000 in prizes is made possible by the generosity of the Goradia Foundation and Opportunity Houston!

Congratulations to the 2013 Goradia Prize Winners:

  • GRAND PRIZE of $50K awarded to C-Voltaics, Inc., Seamus "Shay" Curran, Ph.D., CEO. C-Voltaics, Inc., a nanotechnology company, has developed a self-cleaning hydrophobic nanocoating (SCHNTM) protective coatings that can be used to keep surfaces clean, stain resistant and dry.
  • 1ST PLACE (tie) of $30K awarded to Carbtex Technology, Inc., Francis McCullough, Ph.D., President. Carbtex Technology, Inc., manufacturers’ of Diamondown™ thermal wear is the best single base layer material which keeps you warm and dry under the coldest conditions as well as cool and comfortable in the heat.
  • 1ST PLACE (tie) of $30K awarded to Saranas, Inc., Michael Magnani, CEO. Saranas, Inc., a medical device company, improves patient outcomes through real-time detection of internal bleeding complications and enables physicians to immediately address the complication using straightforward adjustments to their procedure.
  • 3RD PLACE of $15K awarded to PancreatRX LLC, Geeta Shroff, CEO. PancreatRX LLC is a preclinical-stage platform biotechnology venture for pancreatic cancer diagnosis and treatment. The platform allows small molecules to target pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas.
  • Honorable Mention awards of $5K each includes ChartSpan Medical Technologies, Inc., Jon-Michial Carter, CEO; Remind Technologies Inc., Nicole Pardo, M.D., CEO & Co-Founder.

In this year’s showcase, at least 10 regional awardees of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund program will be participating, highlighting their breakthrough technologies and business strategies.


Thank you to our 2013 IC&S Sponsors


Ed Rachal Foundation

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   AT&T  John & Jane Kennedy      
  Bank of Texas  Oracle Corporation     

The Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)

Pearland Economic Development Corporation          
  Charles Flournoy  Tellepsen  

Comerica Bank

University of Houston  
    Ernst & Young LLP Verizon Wireless  
  Norton Rose Fulbright Winston & Strawn LLP  
   G&A Partners Wong Cabello   
  Jackson Walker LLP    
 Reception Sponsor
   JKH Group LLC Vesalius Ventures   
Luncheon Sponsor
  Barbara and Paul Frison  UT MD Anderson Cancer Center   
Rice University 




Event Files


Wed, Oct. 9, 2013
10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. US/Central


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Hyatt Regency Houston
1200 Louisiana