Innovation Showcase: E-commerce, learning and medical ventures in the spotlight

Three business ventures ready for commercialization were spotlighted at the Tech Alliance Innovation Showcase Tuesday afternoon.

Three business ventures ready for commercialization were spotlighted at the Tech Alliance Innovation Showcase at K&L law firm Tuesday afternoon with investors and industry leaders on hand. Here’s a quick rundown of the companies and their pitches.

Saltbox

Saltbox provides organizations with the ability to aggregate and analyze learning data resulting from multiple training activities. The company currently has 104 accounts.

We interviewed CEO John Delano, who previously worked on learning development at T-Mobile, last year and you can learn more about his company here.

SEngine Medicine

SEngine Medicine is a platform to pinpoint genes unique to cancer cells that can then be targeted by drugs. It’s a tool to rapidly find new ways to treat cancer and perform 30,000 experiments at once with the help of robotics. The research is led by Carla Grandori, who works at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Qazzow

Qazzow is a technology that adds a context-sensitive “Q&A help layer” atop e-commerce sites, allowing users to receive help without leaving the site or calling customer support.

E-commerce businesses lose $83 billion a year because customers can’t get answers. Qazzow wants to change this by providing a question-and-answer overlay on websites. Companies even earn profits off the answers by using Qazzow.

Jacob Wobbrock, a professor at the UW, leads the team.