Selected 2019 Florida Early Stage Companies To-Date

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Dr. Carrie Root

Founder and CEO

Alpha UMi Inc., Tarpon springs ( ) is a dynamic, innovative and agile from that has grown from a recognition that there is a significant need to enhance interpersonal and leadership skills in the workplace. Through research, development and validation, Alpha UMi offers products and services that have proven benefits resulting in commercial acceptance and traction.


Joe Sleppy


Capacitech, Orlando ( is commercializing patent protected, advanced energy storage technology from University of Central Florida. Capacitech sells 100ft spools of series-connected and customizable Cable-Based Capacitors (CBCs) to distributors selling to OEMs and end users. The CBC will be used to complement batteries in the solar & IT markets to reduce their cost of ownership. It can also help miniaturize electronics by replacing large, traditional capacitors on circuits.

Cody Simmons


DermaSensor Inc., Miami ( is a connected device company working to improve access to effective skin cancer checks by commercializing cutting-edge technologies. DermaSensor is developing a time and cost efficient handheld device with high clinical performance that utilizes patented spectroscopy and machine learning technology to evaluate skin lesions in seconds. The device includes an integrated smartphone application that features a user-friendly interface. By enabling healthcare professionals and patients to quickly and effectively check for skin cancer, DermaSensor hopes to ultimately improve patient outcomes.


Dr. Vadim Cherdak


eCare21,Inc., Orlando ( offers a secure, patient-centered mobile Health IT platform that enables virtual healthcare delivery in every setting across the continuum of care. The eCare21 platform features secure, networked technologies; a refined, flexible user experience, integrated advanced analytics, technical & work􀂧ow interoperability with legacy HIM systems, and the ability to adapt to a rapidly-evolving policy environment. The eCare21 mobile App enables proactive patient engagement & self-management and has been formally recognized as a leading Caregiving App in 2017 & 2018.

Jonathan Broder


Privsee, Ft. Lauderdale ( is like CreditKarma for privacy. The company makes it super-simple to request your personal information and privacy data from every company you’ve ever done business with in less than 10 minutes, for free! The GDPR (EU’s privacy law) and the California Privacy Act, give consumers the right to request, edit and delete their data from companies that have their data. It also gives the consumer the right to “be forgotten” ie: stop collecting my data and selling it. The problem is that it’s not easy for a consumer to exercise this right. First, a consumer would have to go to each website for each company they do business with. Second, the typical consumer has no idea the names of all the data and media companies that likely have their data. Privsee solves this by providing the consumer one location that takes care of all of this.

Dr. Brandon Langenberg

Principle Investigator

PQSecure Technologies, Boca Raton ( ), develops cryptographic solutions to make widely used embedded devices such as connected Internet of Things (IoT) secure against the attack of quantum computers. Founded in 2017, PQSecure™ has won an NSF SBIR Phase I grant which has led to two patents and a successful prototype. They are currently awaiting results of their Phase II application as well as a DoE SBIR Phase I application. Their core technology has advanced to the second round of NIST post-quantum standardization and they are currently working on expanding their product line as well as talking with potential customers and partners for more prototypes as they await their 2021 product launch.


Mark Engelen


RxLive, St. Petersburg ( is a nationwide telehealth platform of clinical pharmacists delivering concierge medication counseling to provider’s patients, employer groups, and consumers. They work with progressive healthcare organizations, employers and payers to integrate pharmacists into the collaborative care team process resulting in improved outcomes and reduced costs. Their service requires no up-front capital expenditures and delivers a value-added program at a zero net cost. A hallmark of their process is a focus on motivational interviewing, relationship building and solving the social determinants of non-compliance.

Rodney Bosley


SegAna LLC, Orlando ( ) is a medical device company that has developed a cloud-based software platform utilizing artifcial Intelligence and a proprietary algorithm that measures changes in patient specific tissue elasticity for enhancing radiation treatment of cancer. The company’s patent pending state of the art technology enhances the treatment of cancer by providing the Radiation Oncologist, in any setting or location, with the ability to accurately de􀂡ne the margin of the tumor on the day of treatment and predict an abnormal treatment up to 3 days in the future. The Radiation Oncologist utilizes this information to develop a new patient treatment plan which will ultimately reduce radiation damage to the tissue surrounding the tumor and improve a patient’s outcome.

Guy LaTorre


SmartSteward, Gainesville ( ) is an intelligent digital platform which combines real-time communication with big data and machine learning to streamline antibiotic stewardship and infection control. The product was developed using nurse input in 2018 in 3 different pilot facilities. The commercial version was launched in January 2019 and the team is in negotiations with clients and distributors. The team includes Infectious disease doctors, pharmacists, and nurses; technologists, and sales people with decades of experience in their respective fields.