Portfolio Companies

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a highly contagious “super bug” that is dramatically increasing worldwide. Respiratory MRSA occurs when the bacterium embeds in the lungs and throat, and leads to chronic breathing problems, airway damage, and often death. Lung compromised patients are at highest risk, e.g. patients with cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis, HIV and COPD, as well as ventilated patients (VAP). There are currently no suitable products for chronic treatment of respiratory MRSA – current IV antibiotics are systemically toxic and poorly lung penetrating. Savara’s Aerovanc is the first product specifically designed for respiratory MRSA. AeroVanc is a patient friendly dry powder inhaler formulation of the most widely used intravenous MRSA drug vancomycin. Delivery of the drug by inhalation directly to the site of infection ensures maximal efficacy with greatly reduced systemic exposure and adverse effects. The product has successfully completed a Phase I a healthy volunteer trial as well as a proof-of-concept trial in CF patients. Savara is raising a $5M Series B round of investment with a lead and terms already in place. NTAN members have participated in ~$1M of this round. The funds will be used to complete its Phase IIa efficacy trial in CF patients which should lead Savara to exit.



Tango Tab has developed an innovative social, local and mobile marketing solution that, for the first time, empowers restaurants to create offers that allow them to attract guests to fill tables when necessary, risk-free.  Without having to spend hundreds of dollars every month, or giving up all revenues with daily deals, TangoTab provides restaurants the ability to provide real-time promotions with return on investments that can be measured.  For diners, TangoTab is a free service that provides great offers at their favorite restaurants, and every time a consumer redeems an offer, TangoTab donates a meal to a person in need through local food banks and hunger-relief charities. When you eat, they eat.



Biscotti Inc. is a consumer electronics company that designs, builds and markets high-definition video calling products for the home. Our latest innovation, Biscotti TV Phone, gives everyone the ability to share real-time experiences from the comfort of their living room, erasing the distance between family and friends. With real-life picture and sound, Biscotti TV Phone is magically simple to use for all ages. Plus, you can make unlimited free calls to anyone, anywhere. It’s the next best thing to being there. Biscotti TV Phone was created by a team of lovable scientists in Texas, led by Dr. Matthew B. Shoemake, a pioneer in Wi-Fi and video communications. Biscotti Inc. is privately held and backed by Palomar Ventures of Santa Monica, California.



The ErgoNurse is the only safe patient handling product on the market that is a true “No Lift System”. The ErgoNurse allows caregivers to safely move, transfer and reposition patients without ever manually lifting the patient. The ErgoNurse will reduce nursing staff injuries, keep patients safe during transfer and repositioning as well as eliminate bedsores which rank among the most costly and debilitating of complications suffered by hospitalized patients.



Meals to Live™ products are chef-created frozen meals carefully crafted to be both nutritious and delicious. Their specialized nutritional value makes them a convenient partner for a heart-healthy and diabetic diet. All nutritional content is easy to understand and located on the Nutritional Key on the front of the box. Enjoy a varied menu of choices found in the freezer aisle at your local grocery store. All Meals to Live entrees are low in saturated fat and sodium, contain 0 preservatives and 0 grams of trans fat. Gluten-free options are also available.



Natural Dental Implants™ is an early-stage dental technology and services company with a disruptive system for replacing non-functional teeth with anatomically shaped prostheses rather than surgical dental implants (titanium screw, abutment and crown). The REPLICATE™ Non-Surgical Tooth Replacement System is 100% customized to each patient’s dental anatomy, is designed for single tooth replacement, and is intended to be used in lieu of a three-unit dental bridge or a traditional, single-tooth implant.



Ikonopedia is an image-based breast imaging interpretation, reference, and report generation SaaS product. It connects to any of the existing Radiology Information Systems (RIS) via a bi-directional HL-7 interface. By selecting images on any touch-screen input device (i-Pad, Tablet, etc.) the radiolgist builds his report of findings in the background and accomplishes all associated adminstrative tasks while achieving 25% greater productivity.



StreamVine is a utility for mass-customizing video streams at scale. Our patent-pending technology literally morphs video streams in real time, providing dynamic video customization using any known data about any viewer. You have ultimate flexibility and control over how your videos appear to different audiences, over different distributions, and for different individuals. Videos never have to be the same again.



HitFix brings the world of entertainment to fans of music, movies and television by uniquely combining an innovative event calendar application with exceptional editorial content. HitFix’s “insider” journalists help guide entertainment choice, while its proprietary Event Forecast (calendar app) lets fans discover upcoming events and manage their entertainment lifestyle.



EndoSphere has developed a weight-loss device, called the “SatiSphere™” that is placed in the duodenum and effectively slows the passage of food thereby causing increased satiety signaling to the brain. EndoSphere’s technology takes advantage of the fixed shape of the duodenum, thereby achieving ‘self-anchoring’. This is a significant element of EndoSphere’s intellectual property, and has the added benefit of permitting the procedure to be completed quickly, and with less skill.



Rethink Books is a technology company focused on helping readers buy, interact, and share more books. We believe technology can help us engage with books in exciting new ways.



KIMBIA gives cause organizations the power to improve and optimize their existing online fundraising and event efforts. Our platform and our people help organizations easily build and deploy best-in-class solutions anywhere online.



Studios 121 is the complete turnkey solution for all of your video production and creative service needs. Within the walls of our 43,000 sq. ft. facility, our highly creative team delivers the very best creative and production values possible, and on budget. Whether you require satellite uplink for your next cable news “live shot,” fiber connectivity, print, or script-to-screen production and creative services in English or Spanish, Studios 121 is happy to serve you.



MedCAD® is a leader in custom medical device development and manufacturing. Our digitally developed devices help surgeons create more informed surgical plans and save time. We provide precision-fitting implants along with accurate guides and splints resulting in less O.R. time, less risk to the patient, and ultimately… better outcomes.



eNicotine (eNT) is a healthcare company committed to reducing the harm associated with tobacco products by combining clean nicotine aerosols for inhalation with empowering e-­‐health tools to help individuals transition from smoking. eNT’s nicotine delivery device is being developed under the new regulatory pathway created by the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), enabling a significantly de-­‐risked rapid-­‐to-­‐ market strategy.



PerioSciences researches, formulates, and markets topically applied, antioxidant-based products for oral care & hygiene for both humans and animals. The company markets to dental professionals, hygienists, veterinarians and medi-spas. PerioSciences’ objective is to establish a new category of topical antioxidants for the oral care market.



Vital Art and Science, Inc. has developed the first FDA cleared smartphone-based home vision function monitor for those afflicted with degenerative eye diseases such as Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) and Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). These afflict over 40M people in the US and Europe today.



Verdero’s cloud based “software as a service” (SAAS) solution enables commercial building owners to generate revenue from energy curtailment incentives. Preconfigured rules-based scenarios automatically engage in a matter of seconds in the event of a grid emergency or high electricity prices. Facilities managers can override settings and maintain complete control and comfort of tenants using a web-based interface from any location. Vedero receives payments for providing the software