For Immediate Release

March 27, 2017

WAC Announces 2017 Conference Semifinalist Companies

Semifinalist companies are based in Eugene, Corvallis and the Portland-metro area

The Willamette Angel Conference (WAC) has announced ten semifinalists for its 2017 conference. The Willamette Angels selected these 10 companies out of 44 applicants. Next month, the WAC will announce the five finalist companies who will present at the Conference on May 11, as well as non-finalist companies who will deliver 3-minute speed pitches.

“It was a challenging task to pare this group of applicants down to 10 semifinalists. The overall quality of the companies and investment opportunities continues to rise year after year,” said Marc Manley, WAC Fund Manager.

The 2017 WAC semifinalist companies represent a variety of industries, including biotechnologies, clean technologies, agriculture, chemicals, software, and consumer products. The semifinalists are all based in Eugene, Corvallis or the Portland-metro area. The 2017 WAC semifinalist companies include:

Costanoan Biotechnologies (Portland): Designs, develops and manufactures membranes for the purification of high value therapeutic proteins from complex solutions.

Diatomix (Beaverton): Developers of a bioengineered photocatalytic technology that actively and continuously improves indoor air quality.

DulsEnergy (Portland): Developers of a farmable, patented, fast-growing seaweed that can be transformed in healthy and tasty food and many other consumer products.

eChemion Inc (Corvallis): Developers of two patent-pending treatment processes that modifies low cost graphite material, making it outperform market leading materials but at a much lower cost.

Hemex Health (Portland): Provides new diagnostics for malaria and sickle cell disease where there’s no viable test today.

Heritage Laboratories (Eugene): A luxury skincare supplement brand targeting Asian American women.

HoneyComb Corporation (Wilsonville): A data and software company that utilizes drones for on-demand high resolution mapping in agriculture and land surveying.

Madorra (Portland): Developers of the first non-hormonal, non-invasive medical device to treat vaginal dryness and atrophy.

OpConnect, Inc (Portland): Operates a platform-as-a-service that manages electric car chargers made by a number of manufacturers to help charger owners maximize revenue.

Zembula (Portland): A software-as-a-service company that empowers brands to easily create fun and engaging experiences that drive click through rates and time spent.

Registration is open for the 2017 conference to be held Thursday, May 11, at the historic Whiteside Theater in Corvallis. For more information, including tickets, please visit

This year for the first time, WAC is partnering with other organizations that fund early stage entrepreneurial companies including Business Oregon, Elevate Capital, and the Willamette Angel’s new W2 Fund.

Founded in 2009, The Willamette Angels Conference is an investment group that connects early stage and seed startups with angel and venture investors. Startup and entrepreneurial applicants receive funding, mentoring, and connections to other advisory resources. WAC is designed to advance the innovation economy in Oregon and the Willamette Valley. Throughout its nine existence WAC has invested over $3 million in startup businesses. WAC is produced in partnership by: The Corvallis Chamber of Commerce and Oregon RAIN (Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network), and supported by the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Corvallis-Benton Economic Development Office.