World Trade Center San Diego’s flagship export assistance program, MetroConnect, announced their 2017 cohort this month as the program embarked on its third year since launch. Of the 15 companies announced, five are associated with UC San Diego by membership or in partnership.

Congratulations are in order for UC San Diego Office of Innovation and Commercialization-supported companies:

Developed a proprietary software platform aimed at guiding oncologists in selecting the most advanced personalized cancer therapies for patients. The technology analyzes more than 4.5 million different drug combinations to find and rank the most advanced cancer treatments.

Produces the Wirewalker, a vertically-profiling instrument platform for oceanographic research and monitoring. Propelled by ocean waves, the Wirewalker can converting traditional one-dimensional sensor data to two-dimensional depth-time images of the ocean interior.

Developing novel skincare products for acne, eczema and aging skin based on the latest advances in human microbiome research. The company focuses on optimizing skin health from the inside-out, for natural lasting effects and without the use of harsh chemicals.

Provides the world’s only personalized, skills-based business English learning system. The company helps corporations and professionals around the world communicate more effectively.

FoxFury, a UC San Diego alumni-led company, was also included in the cohort unveiling. FoxFury makes innovative, portable, go-anywhere, lightning tools for the industries it serves. The company’s application-specific LED lights are used in firefighting, police, military, industrial safety, hazardous area, filming and photography.

MetroConnect provides San Diego business with financial and programmatic resources to help them grow their business through international sales. The selectees receive one-on-one consulting services with the WTC’s trade director, exclusive export workshops and community events, access to the WTC mentor and service provider network, media and promotional opportunities, a $10,000 direct challenge grant, and a chance to present at a Grand Prize Pitchfest for the opportunity to win additional funding.

“The idea is to assist companies to grow internationally by exploring global markets, connect them with the resources they’d need to develop those markets and to help them attract talent abroad,” said Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Commercialization Paul Roben.

Establishing and tapping into markets abroad promotes San Diego regional competitiveness through foreign direct investment and trade. Join us in congratulating all of the awardees as they contribute to the region’s economic prosperity and global competitiveness.

Be on the lookout for their progression. To learn more about MetroConnect, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and World Trade Center San Diego visit:


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