Idaho start-ups show off breakthroughs in clean technology at the 31st Annual Investors Choice Conference

GenZ Technology invents crop spray technology that uses 70% less
chemical – ideal for vineyards, strawberries

BiologiQ, Inc. reinvents Idaho’s most famous cash crop using waste potato
starch to make biodegradable plastic products

(Salt Lake City – February 2, 2015) – Clean technology from two Idaho-based
companies will be among the presenting companies at this years annual Investors
Choice Conference on February 12, in Midway, Utah.

Precision crop spray technology developed by GenZ Technology in Boise drastically
reduces waste in pesticides and other expensive chemicals while attaining superior
coverage and capturing and reusing most of the chemicals that miss the target. This
initial target market – 35,000 vineyards and table grape growers in California, Oregon,
Washington and Idaho. It is also ideal for strawberry crops, which are mostly grown in
California. Along with dramatically cutting the use and cost of chemicals, the technology
is much safer for farm workers and the environment.

BiologiQ, Inc., based in Idaho Falls, has invented technology that reuses potato starch
waste to manufacture biodegradable plastic resin pellets. The bio-plastics are used in
making everything from bags and bottles to cutlery. All products are competitive with
plastics products made from petro-chemicals that are a major cause of pollution.
Proprietary equipment and processes transform the waste starch left over from potato
processing plants in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, making it a renewable and
sustainable feedstock.

“Last spring, Zions Bank CEO Scott Anderson encouraged our board and the team at
The Wayne Brown Institute to set up an office in Boise,” said Brad Bertoch, President
and CEO of the Wayne Brown Institute. “Scott’s vision paid off immediately this year
with GenZ Technology, BiologiQ, Inc. We have three more presenting companies from
Idaho, plus companies from surrounding states.”

All these companies will pitch to investors and conference attendees during the annual
daylong Investors Choices Conference at the Zermatt Resort in Midway, Utah, near Park
City. For information on registration for the conference and other activities including the
gala reception and Friday ski day, please click here.

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About the Author:

The Wayne Brown Institute was founded by the late Dr. Wayne Brown in 1983. Dr. Brown held positions in mechanical engineering and served as Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Utah. In addition to his academic postings, he was a founder of Kenway Engineering (HK Systems), TerraTek, NPI (Agridyne Technologies), the Utah Innovation Center (the world’s first venture accelerator/incubator) and Utah Ventures (now Pelion Partners, Utah’s first and largest venture fund). By virtue of his academic, government, and business background, Dr. Brown was a leading authority in technological innovation and entrepreneurship. Many of the world’s science/research parks, innovation centers, and incubators have their roots with Dr. Brown. In addition to his many accomplishments, he has affected the role of government in innovation and entrepreneurship as the architect with Roland Tibbitts of the national Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Later, as head of the State’s Science Council he spearheaded legislation to create the Utah Technology Finance Corporation (UTFC, now Innoventures), and Utah’s Centers of Excellence program. He successfully negotiated with the U. S. government to obtain military land for the establishment of the University of Utah’s Research Park, and key in the establishment of the USU Research Park and Timpanogos technology Park in Orem (Novell campus). His knowledge, experience and passion live on in the Wayne Brown Institute, its staff, its investor-led Board, and its countless supporters.