San Diego’s EvoNexus Incubator Selects First Gaggle of Fledgling Startups

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they’re in stealth mode,” Pucher says. She adds that IO (as in input-out) is implementing its technologies “in a way that would reduce costs and power requirements.” The company has been seeking a director of radio frequency design engineering and a director of radio freqency systems engineering, according to its website.

CEO Mark Drucker was previously a senior vice president at Semtech Corp. of Camarillo, CA, and oversaw quality control at Brooktree, a former San Diego chipmaker that specialized in analog to digital conversion technologies.

Pixon Imaging, has been developing software and hardware products for enhancing digital image processing, based on proprietary methods developed by Richard Puetter, the company’s founding CEO. The company, targeting security, surveillance, and defense markets, has developed proprietary software algorithms for contrast enhancement and reducing haze, fog, smoke, and heat wave shimmering from live video feeds.

Puetter, who also serves as Pixon’s chief scientist, has been working to refine the technology since he began to improve the image resolution of distant stars, when he was an astrophysicist at UC San Diego in the 1990s.

As I reported in June, companies selected for the EvoNexus incubator will get free office space that is fully furnished, including utilities, Internet access, and business mentoring by local executives and other volunteers. Startups will be allowed to stay for as long as two years, and will have no obligations to EvoNexus after they depart. The EvoNexus facility in Sorrento Valley is expected to support 10 to 12 San Diego-based startup companies.

Pucher says she’s received about 35 applications in the second-round for the incubation program, and the selection process is expected to be completed by the end of October. While EvoNexus is no longer accepting applications for the second round, the incubator plans to solicit applications for a new round early next year.

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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