RadLaunch 2024

Connecting Technology Start-Ups to UV+EB Industry Leaders

“RadLaunch serves as critical support to companies working in the UV/EB space as they take their first steps on the long and challenging road to commercialization. Many companies that have an excellent idea and perhaps early positive lab results are missing the contacts and network that will take them past the concept phase. one of the most valuable things that RadLaunch offers is an introduction to member companies such as material and equipment suppliers and end users that can furnish support and guidance.”

Mike Idacavage, Co-Chair, RadLaunch

A Unique Idea Accelerator for UV+EB Start-ups, Students & Innovators

RadTech, the nonprofit trade association for UV+EB technologies (ultraviolet and electron beam), invites your start-up ideas, concepts and prototypes

New materials, optics, design, printing, packaging, 3D printing, inkjet, building products, plastics, medical, electronics. (and more!)

Learn More about our New RadLaunch Competition….


The RadTech RadLaunch Committee is pleased to announce the 2024 UV+EB Degradability Challenge, sponsored by PepsiCo. We invite applications for UV+EB materials designed to be biodegradable and/or compostable themselves, and/or not substantially reduce substrate degradability. RadLaunch Challenge winners will receive an expenses-paid trip to RadTech 2024 in May in Orlando to present their work, as well as cash prizes.

When a product is discarded, it too often ends up contributing to the accumulation of non-biodegradable waste in landfills and ecosystems. It is crucial for new technologies and products to prioritize product degradability, rather than add to the ongoing pollution crisis.

We invite applications for innovative submissions across the degradability spectrum and product development chain that utilize UV+EB technology. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Degradable raw materials used in the development of UV+EB cure formulations
  • Finished products converted with UV+EB that are degradable, such as 3D printed items, consumer electronics, or food packaging
  • Formulated UV+EB inks, coatings, adhesives, composites, and 3D printing resins. These items must be degradable themselves and/or not substantially reduce degradability of the substrate on which it is printed

K-12 Rising Scientists are encouraged to apply for special recognition of their work with UV or EB.

RadLaunch Class of 2024

UV Cured Bio-Based CO2 Sequester Adhesive

Nvirovate Materials, Inc

Nvirovate Materials have developed a portfolio of bio-based, compostable soybean oil adhesives that are UV cured. Utilizing technology based on a patent portfolio licensed from Oregon State University, Nvirovate have formulated and produce the only bio-based pressure sensitive adhesives in the world that are CO2 negative, compostable and as a result of UV cure only require 15% of the energy to process as compared to legacy fossil fuel-based adhesives.

Volumetric 3D Printing, Subzero Molding/Casting and Agile methodologies, potentially reshaping the landscape of 3D solar and battery cell manufacturing

Topshelf Enterprises DBA T3DP

These cutting-edge technologies enable the efficient creation of intricate micro and macro parts from glass, metal, and ceramics at subzero and room temperatures, significantly enhancing production precision. By adopting agile methodologies, manufacturers can swiftly adapt to evolving market demands and technological advancements. This integration significantly boosts scalability and adaptability, promising transformative impacts on the manufacturing processes in the solar, battery, micro-optics, and generativity designed auto parts.

Photoresponsive Coatings with Targeted Antibacterial Behavior

Azodent, Inc.

Scientists at the University of Colorado, have designed a polymer coating that can be used to prevent biofilm accumulation and infections on implants, prostheses, catheters, and endoscopes. This technology is being commercialized by Azodent Inc., with a wide range of potential applications in the industrial coatings market, including for non-stick coatings, touch screens, and de-ice coatings for aircraft. Additionally, the photoresponsive material can also selectively inhibit dental cavities-causing bacteria, and regenerate dental pulp to initiate the formation of dentinal ridges. Such genus-specific inhibition and regenerative properties within the same material are rare in dentistry, therefore the dental market is likely the initial market for this technology.

Seamless Nanopatterned Coatings to Enable Large-area Metamaterials with UV Technology

Smart Material Solutions (SMS)

SMS is a precision engineering company developing scalable nanofabrication methods, tooling, and materials for large-area nanopatterning. Its dedicated team of materials scientists and mechanical engineers integrates seamless cylindrical molds with roll-to-roll manufacturing to add new functionalities to surfaces. SMS’s technology includes forming a UV-cured layer with trillions of micro and nano structures per square meter, which may serve as an outer coating or resist. By tailoring these structures, SMS can cater to a diverse range of metamaterial interests, including solar energy, biosensors, virtual reality, self-cleaning surfaces, and more.

3D-printed Anatomical Models with Thiol-ene UV Curable Coatings

Maedditiva, Tecnologico de Monterrey

Identifying a need for 3D-printed soft transparent patient-specific anatomical models with high fidelity, suitable for cardiovascular applications like pre-procedural planning, training, and flow visualization, the group developed a simple method that involves the use of thiol-ene coating as post-processing step to flexible SLA 3D-printed parts–increasing the transparency of the final product, while adjusting the mechanical properties close to those of human aortic tissue and retaining a high anatomical fidelity. Thus far the group’s “phantoms” have been utilized in 13 complex surgeries and by medical companies to test new stent graft designs.




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