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Commercialization Sustainable Resources

Supplying food, energy and water for future generations

Learn more about Washington State University’s sustainable resources research and grand challenges research initiatives. WSU start-ups below focus on topics ranging from alternative fuels to reducing the inputs needed for growing crops.

Sustainable Resources

915 Labs

Available exclusively through 915 Labs, Microwave Assisted Thermal Sterilization (MATS™) and Microwave Assisted Pasteurization (MAPS™) solve one of the most pressing challenges facing the food industry today: providing consumers with high quality, natural and additive-free packaged foods.
By shortening the time food is exposed to high heat, the patented MATS and MAPS technologies preserve the color, taste and texture of food — while eliminating the need for excess sodium, additives and enhancers.
The result? High-quality, great-tasting, safe and convenient packaged foods.


Phytelligence is a platform agricultural biotechnology company that is revolutionizing the way food crops are grown. Utilizing its proprietary growing techniques to provide superior quality crops, Phytelligence enables higher grower profit by increasing speed to harvest and reducing input costs.

Gene Shifters

Geneshifters is a startup biotechnology company focused on developing speciality technologies for crop improvement, using non-GMO approaches.


Ealasid uses non-food green plants as bio-factories to make high-margin, low COGS chemicals in a sustainable, carbon neutral way.


Washington biooil focuses on developing phenols from clean and non-petroleum sources including forest residuals utilizing a novel catalyst-based method.

Zila Works LLC

ZILA Works has developed a patent pending, predominantly BPA-free, epoxy resin made from industrial hemp oil. Industrial hemp produces benefits for the farmers who grow it, such as soil aeration and protection from wind erosion. A resin made from hemp reduces health risks for the manufacturing workers who handle it, and decreases the toxins that consumers have been exposed to for years.

Protium Innovations LLC

Protium Innovations LLC (Protium) develops hydrogen solutions for high reliability electric transportation. Protium’s first product is a liquid hydrogen tank system for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platforms, which when combined with Protium’s hydrogen generation and fueling infrastructure, provides the quiet reliability of electric aircraft without the long charging times and short flight times typically associated with batteries.

Prosus LLC

Procsus LLC has developed a technology for the conversion of terpenoid biomass to jet-fuel range cycloalkanes in a biphasic tandem catalytic process (biTCP), which is a much more efficient catalytic process for producing renewable jet fuels from biocrude. The biTCP process allows for a one-pot process, and thus would allow for a single unit operation reactor in a biofuel production setting to convert biocrude into jet fuel range cycloalkanes.

Photon Biosciences LLC

Photon Biosciences fills the market need for probes suitable for deep tissue imagining/ detection and diagnostic testing on complex samples with strong florescent backgrounds. Our products are ultrasensitive, non-bleaching, an non-blinking that react with with a recombinant protein with negligible amount of background noise.

Integrated Lipid Biofuels

Integrated Lipid Biofuels is focused on the research and production of microbial oil and value-added chemicals from petroleum alternative sources such as biomass hydrolysate and oleaginous yeast strains.