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Discover startups and technology projects Cowboy Technologies has invested in and supported


Plasma Bionics, LLC

Utilizing patented technology licensed from OSU, Plasma Bionics LLC provides its Air Plasma Sterilization® device to veterinarians (hospitals, doctors, and dentists in the future) to rapidly destroy microorganisms on heat sensitive instrument surfaces, at low temperature, without chemical consumables, no byproducts, all at a lower cost compared ethylene oxide (EO), and vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VHP) sterilization devices.

Roll-2-Roll Technologies, LLC

Utilizing patented technology licensed from OSU, Roll-2-Roll Technologies LLC provides accurate and adaptive web sensors for web converting manufacturers that increase productivity, save setup time, reduce waste, and save money with a single solution for multiple inspection and guiding applications.

Weaver Labs, LLC

Utilizing patented technology licensed from OSU, Weaver Labs is a chemical compound research and production company providing custom compound synthesis and intellectual property with expertise in fluorinated compounds that provide pharmaceutical companies and agrochemical companies faster time to market of more effective drugs and plant herbicides. In addition, the company aims to provide environmentally regulated entities effective and cost efficient PFAS/PFOA detection and remediation solutions.


Proprietary bioinformatics software optionally licensed to MiFi, LLC, which provides a web-based subscription software as a service (SaaS) tool that allows diagnostic laboratories to perform faster and more accurate detection of pathogens in plants and animal samples that have been next generation sequenced (NGS).

Heartland Vaccines, LLC

Patented vaccines, optionally licensed to NIH STTR grant funded Heartland Vaccines LLC, for immunizing infants and elderly adults to prevent infection from the debilitating Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). RSV is a major cause of hospitalization of infants in the US and causes 200,000 annual infant deaths worldwide.

Ghost Display Technologies, LLC

Patent pending infrared sensor technology optionally licensed to Department of Defense SBIR grant funded Ghost Display, LLC that aims to provide an ultra-low-cost, high-definition infrared sensing to the war fighter in addition mainstream automotive, unmanned aerial vehicles, and consumer device markets that improves safety, improved situational insight, and collision avoidance.

Structured Ions, LLC

Patented structural supercapacitor technology has been optionally licensed to NASA SBIR grant funded Structured Ions, LLC that aims to provide automotive, aircraft, and unmanned aerial vehicle markets simultaneous load bearing capacity and electrical storage that results in lighter weight and more energy efficient vehicles.

InfraTie Solutions, LLC

Proprietary Trade secret software platform optionally licensed to InfraTie Solutions, LLC that integrates and analyzes sewer pipe inspection data to provide municipalities and infrastructure consultant companies prioritized recommendations of preventative maintenance and repairs that avoid costly infrastructure failures.

Altbiotics, LLC

Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) compounds optionally licensed to USDA SBIR funded Altbiotics as a feed additive for poultry producers that provide synergistic promotion of host defense peptides (HDP) that boost animal immunity and/or promote animal growth as an alternative to antibiotics.


Multi-Chamber Single-Use Bioreactor Technology

Patent pending multi-chamber, single-use bioreactor bag that enables mammalian cell-line biomanufacturers to reduce the risk of contamination during culture transfer and significantly lower current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) facility production costs and capital expenditures by reducing equipment footprint and control system overhead. The single-use bioreactors market is fast-growing and is approaching $1 billion annual.

Swing Plane Trainer

Patented device that is an adjustable surface with a built-in tee, used by players and coaches, to create high efficiency batter swings on a swing plane optimized for a particular pitch location within the strike zone, that creates better launch angles and back spin that will result in more doubles/triples/home runs.

Rocket-Assisted Take-Off for UAV Technology

A rocket motor system for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer’s specific platforms that generates the proper take-off performance necessary to launch UAVs from a zero-length rail enabling UAV launches that are: lower cost, more portable, more versatile and require shorter pre-flight operations time.

Noise Dampening Metastructures Technology

Patent pending noise dampening structures for airline, automotive, HVAC and other industry manufacturers that significantly attenuates the amount of low-frequency noise emission via lightweight, compact materials to either meet existing and upcoming regulatory requirements or provide a quieter operating or living experience.

Chemothermal Animal Sterilization Technology

Patent pending chemothermal ablation technology for veterinarians to neuter pet animals in a safer, more humane, expedient, and cost-effective manner compared to surgical castration.

Ovarian Cancer Therapeutic Technology

Patented compounds in preclinical development for the treatment of ovarian cancer without harming normal cells.  Ovarian cancer is responsible for approximately 140,000 deaths each year in the United States alone.

Waste to Energy Gasifier Technology

Patented downdraft gasifier system capable of converting municipalities’, waste management companies’, military bases’ low bulk density carbonaceous materials such yard waste or sorted municipal solid waste into a low tar syngas used to generate electricity, turning waste stream costs into carbon neutral energy.

In-Place Meat Grinder Sanitation Technology

Patent pending technology that effectively and efficiently sanitizes industrial meat processing companies’ meat grinders, that lowers their operating costs and significantly reduces the risk of food borne pathogens, such as E. coli, from reaching distributors and retailers without operations interruption.

ATLAS UAV Technology

Patented spherical unmanned aerial vehicle platform (UAV) called ATLAS® that provides first responder, military, and utility markets protected flight in and around structures while providing different payload options for situational awareness, sensing, and/or inspection.

Non-Contact Vitals Monitoring

Patent-pending infrared light-based sensing technology for hospitals and long-term care facilities that provides accurate respiration rate monitoring of at-risk patients with a low-cost solution that also ensures patient privacy.

Non‐Antibiotic Antimicrobial Compounds

Patent pending, first-in-class small molecule compounds for the treatment of patients suffering from multidrug-resistant (MDR) pathogenic bacteria and fungal infections. The global antibiotic resistance market size was valued at USD 7.81 billion in 2017 and estimated to have a CAGR of 5.6% from 2018 to 2025.

COVID-19 Test Technology

Patent pending recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA)-based diagnostic test for collection, sample handling, storage, and rapid diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 for diagnostic laboratories and point of care providers that provides a highly sensitive yet inexpensive diagnostic to help fight the current pandemic.

Melanin-Inspired Antimicrobial Technology

Patent pending antimicrobial compounds made from melanin for the treatment of patients suffering from multidrug resistant (MDR) gram positive bacterial and fungal infections.  The world treatment market for gram-positive MDR bacteria is estimated in the billions of dollars.

Turbo-Electric Engine System for UAV Technology

Power generation and management system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) that integrates a gas turbine engine, for UAV manufacturers to support high endurance, long flight time applications well beyond what lithium ion batteries can provide alone.

Research Writing Software as a Service

Proprietary, cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) platform that assists university faculty and students, utilizing artificial intelligence algorithms, how to write strong research papers within a specific research field, increasing the likelihood of published papers and new research funding being awarded.

On-site Construction Waste to Concrete Technology

Solution for turning onsite commercial demolition construction waste into recycled new concrete providing demolition companies and construction firms significant cost savings in commercial building projects, while providing environmentally friendly building solutions to customers.

Cold Plasma Skin and Wound Care Technology

Patent pending handheld/portable device technology that aims to provide veterinarians and doctors a pre- and post-surgery tool that generates cold plasma reactive gas species from air that kills pathogens safely and effectively to decrease risk of infections and speed wound healing.

Filtration Membrane for Produced Water Technology

Patent pending ZnO membrane filter for oil producers that aims to filter out both organic molecules and dissolved salts from produced water that can be used for agricultural applications, at a similar cost to deep earth injection.

Immunotherapy Treatment for Cancer

Patent pending, combination immunotherapy validated in small animal models for the treatment of drug resistant tumors including malignant melanoma and pancreatic cancer.

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Treatment

Patent pending gene therapeutic in the preclinical stage of development for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, an orphan condition with high unmet need that causes 40,000 deaths annually in the United States.

Novel THC Analogues for Treating High Unmet Need Conditions

Series of patent pending synthetic tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) derivatives with the potential to treat a number of unmet need conditions including pain, neurodegenerative diseases and inflammation.

Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Software

Patent pending technology incorporates proprietary machine learning algorithms and enables primary care providers to screen patients at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, a condition that causes vision loss and blindness among people with diabetes.

Tobacco Cessation Software

Proprietary software platform and algorithms that can be integrated into hospitals’ and clinicians’ electronic medical record (EMR) systems to better help patients stop using tobacco products by matching patients to the variety of treatment options available.

Paper-Based, Electrochemical Biomarker Sensor Technology

A patent pending, paper-based, label-free, electrochemical sensor that detects clinically relevant biomarkers, used by in vitro diagnostics (IVD) laboratories and point of care facilities that enable convenient, cost-effective and highly sensitive health diagnosis and real-time monitoring of patients’ health status.

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