RELEASE 12-18-2017: Top 10 NASA iTech Cycle III Finalists Announced

Top 10 NASA iTech Cycle 3 Finalists Announced

– NIA Release: 2017-10 – December 18, 2017

The top 10 entries in NASA iTech’s latest call for ideas have been selected and the innovators behind those ideas are invited to participate as finalists in the NASA iTech Forum. NASA iTech is a collaborative effort to find and foster innovative solutions that aim to solve challenges on Earth and also have the potential to solve some of NASA’s challenges agency-wide.

The top 10 finalists’ presentations are scheduled on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the culmination of the NASA iTech Forum, which will be held at Canon U.S.A., Inc. in Melville, New York. Representatives from NASA, other federal agencies, industry, the investment community, and others from across the U.S. will be on hand as the finalists for NASA iTech share their innovative ideas.

“NASA iTech is an innovation incubator that brings together the right people to the right place and time, giving entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their technologies as a future commercial market product solution for both Earth and NASA,” said Kira Blackwell, program executive for the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “The entrepreneurs who participate in NASA iTech are required to address both terrestrial and extraterrestrial challenges, providing the opportunity for the government to easily become a future ’off the shelf’ consumer.”

Leaders from NASA and prospective stakeholders will evaluate the most promising ideas submitted in the following focus areas: Augmented Reality Advancement, Medical Breakthrough, and X-Factor Innovation. The X-Factor Innovation category allows for entries that may not fit within a specific focus area, but clearly demonstrate the potential to fill a critical need for NASA and humans on Earth.

Teams representing the top three entries­ selected at the end of the forum will receive special recognition during a nonmonetary awards ceremony on Feb. 1 and will be available for press opportunities after the awards are announced.

“Over the last 12 months, many of the top 18 companies that have participated in NASA iTech have reported to have raised more than $50 million in private investments to further develop their technologies,” said Blackwell.

Registration for the NASA iTech Cycle 3 Forum is now open at Media interested in covering the Forum should contact Gina Anderson at  by Jan. 21 to preregister.

The top 10 NASA iTech Cycle 3 finalists are (in alphabetical order):

BioVirtua – San Francisco
Innovation: BioVirtua: Humanizing Telehealth in Four Dimensions
Challenge Area: Augmented Reality Advancement

FGC Plasma Solutions – Argonne, Illinois
Innovation: Novel Fuel Injectors to Enable Clean, Compact Propulsion
Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

Germfalcon – Los Angeles
Innovation: Germfalcon – Germicidal UVC Emitting Robot for Commercial Aircraft
Challenge Area: Medical Breakthrough

H2 Energy Now – Boalsburg, Pennsylvania
Innovation: New Technology for H2 Generation from Water in Space by Use of Electromagnetic Waves
Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies – Los Angeles
Innovation: Augmented Voyage
Challenge Area: Augmented Reality Advancement

iFirst Medical Technologies – Honolulu
Innovation: The iFirst Analyzer: Handheld Laboratory-grade Diagnostics Platform for Extreme Environments
Challenge Area: Medical Breakthrough

Million Concepts – Lemont, Pennsylvania
Innovation: The Arisian Lens: A Novel Solution for Low-cost, Lightweight Microscopy
Challenge Area: Medical Breakthrough

New Frontier Aerospace – Livermore, California
Innovation: Affordable, Powered Recovery for Small Launch Vehicles
Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

Rice Technology – Milwaukee
Innovation: Smart Real-Time Multipurpose Sensor – Dissolved and Suspended Solids, Bacteria, Phosphorus and Viruses
Challenge Area: X-Factor Innovation

Somatic Labs – Phoenix
Innovation: Tactile Interfaces for Augmented Reality to Enhance Communication
Challenge Area: Augmented Reality Advancement


NASA iTech is an initiative by the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Virginia.


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Media Contacts:

Harla Sherwood
National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Va.

Gina Anderson
NASA Headquarters, Washington