From its inception, ​the Qualcomm Institute has​ generated ​more than​ a dozen startup companies​ — companies led by QI​​​​ personnel or ​derived from ​licensed technologies developed ​at​ the institute. Two of those companies – Mushroom Networks and Ortiva Wireless (the latter acquired by Allot Communications in 2012) – were launched by teams of researchers emerging from QI's Ericsson-funded Adaptive Systems project. Since then, Ortiva Wireless has been acquired by Allot Communications (in 2012), while mergers and acquisitions have ensured have allowed some of those startups to cash in while becoming part of larger companies in their respective industries: for example in 2013 alone, Tomnod (founded by QI research scientist Albert Lin) was acquired by DigitalGlobe, and LonoCloud (led by former QI and CSE professor Ingolf Krueger) was merged into ViaSat. Other corporate startups out of QI have included MaXentric Technologies, HIPerWorks, Digital Proteomics, Emotient, and others.

Qualcomm Institute Innovation Space (QIIS)


​In recognition of t​he growing importance of industry connections and startups ​for​ commercializ​ing​ technologies developed or conceived in institute labs, QI launched the Qualcomm Institute Innovation Space (QIIS), a new type of incubator, in 2015. QIIS has dedicated space on the second floor of Atkinson Hall, where private companies, national labs or other incubators can lease space for personnel to work near their UC San Diego research collaborators​. QIIS tenants are given access to institute labs​ and facilities​ (at external rates), and QIIS has already attracted multiple startups involving faculty, staff, alumni or students from UC San Diego. In addition to Comhear, which has already moved out to larger premises in San Diego, current tenants of QIIS include Planet 3 (co-founded by QI research scientist Albert Lin), Foundation for Learning Equality, Sinopia Biosciences, VirBELA, Mint Muse, Clinical Addiction Recovery Institute, Technosylva, RAM Photonics, Acrovirt, and Isommune.

For more about QIIS, its current tenants and how to apply for space in the facility, click here.

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