Microscape and Optimal IC Technologies, two startups with roots at the University of Southern California, have been selected to present at the upcoming First Look SoCal Showcase. This annual event hosted by the Alliance for SoCal Innovation, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, and LAVA (Los Angeles Venture Association) features life sciences and tech innovations from universities and academic institutions across Southern California.

The annual event takes place over two days on September 15-16, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. This year the event is being held online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Admission to the virtual event is free this year, and interested parties can register here to attend. The two USC startups will be presenting on the event’s second day (September 16), which highlights tech startups. The first day (September 15) will feature life sciences startups.

Launched by USC alumnus Kyle McClary and USC doctoral student John Paul “J.P.” Francis, Microscape offers software that lets researchers view 3D imaging data on a home computer or mobile device and in virtual reality, without special hardware. McClary, who earned his Ph.D. from USC Dornsife this year, came up with his initial vision for Microscape software after receiving a grant to develop the Bridge Art + Science Alliance (BASA) at the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience. The two tested their software with Francesco Cutrale, assistant professor of research in biological engineering at the USC Translational Imaging Lab. McClary and Francis applied for a provisional patent with the help of the USC Stevens Center for Innovation. Read the USC Dornsife News story for more information about Microscape.

Optimal IC Technologies Inc. is a Colorado-based startup company focused on optimization of semiconductor designs in pre- and post-production phases of manufacturing. The company has licensed a set of technologies developed by USC Professor Young Cho and his research team at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Information Sciences Institute. Optimal IC Technologies plans to develop and market products based on the patented USC discoveries for testing and simulating integrated circuits (ICs), the building blocks of computerized electronics. Read the USC Stevens Center’s news story for more information about Optimal IC Technologies.