Thermodata moves to Whitewater University Innovation Center

    April 29, 2014

    Innovation CenterThermodata, an international corporation with clients on every continent, has moved its world headquarters to the Innovation Center at Whitewater University Technology Park.

    The company develops and markets temperature-monitoring systems for a wide range of industries, including health care, food service, scientific research and public health.

    "I am pleased to welcome Thermodata to the Innovation Center and to a growing community of technology companies in the area," said Richard Telfer, UW-Whitewater chancellor. "With only one unoccupied suite left, it is clear that entrepreneurs see the Innovation Center as an ideal place to start and grow their businesses."

    Founded in Melbourne, Australia in 2001, Thermodata opened an office in Boston in 2010, and relocated to Wisconsin in April.

    "We are excited to move to the Midwest and specifically Whitewater," said Jenny Samfat, co-owner of Thermodata. "The work ethic of the people here reminds us of home, where people love to tinker, to make things. We are looking forward to collaborating with other tenants on research and development."

    Robert Keith, founder and co-owner of Thermodata, called the Innovation Center a strategic location.

    "We are now in the heart of the country -- and we'll be able to get the supplies and equipment we need in the quantities we need," he said. "We share other tenants' desire to use the most up-to-date technology to serve our clients."

    Thermodata has designed and implemented a diverse array of monitoring systems around the world.

    A university scientist used a Thermodata system to help revive a species of tree in Scotland. In New Mexico, clients used the technology to prevent damage to prairie chicken eggs. A client in Australia measured the effects of climate change on turtles. Entomologists, homicide detectives, and water companies have all used Thermodata products.

    As part of the five-year lease, the company will occupy two laboratories on the main floor of the Innovation Center, totaling 1,300 square feet.

    "I'm thrilled to have Thermodata relocate to the Innovation Center in the Whitewater University Technology Park," said Jeffery Knight, chairperson of the Whitewater Community Development Authority. "Robert Keith and Jenny Samfat bring a wonderful addition to our Innovation Center and community. They already are collaborating with other tenants of the park and should prove to be a key asset as we continue to grow new industries and create jobs in the Whitewater area."

    -- Written by Jeff Angileri, photo of Innovation Center by Craig Schreiner

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