Made In Champaign County


BioAnalytics is a biotechnology company developing the next generation of tools for protein analysis. Using a unique chemical synthesis technique, BioAnalytics modifies existing antibodies to amplify their binding strength by over 100 fold. This process results in drastic improvements in sensitivity and specificity, two of the most important factors in biological test fidelity. BioAnalytics uses this technique along with a proprietary method for simplified protein detection to develop tests with faster turnaround times, decreased variability, improved specificity, higher sensitivity, and increased capacity for multiplexing. BioAnalytics is currently focused on commercializing tests for use in academic research and pharmaceutical development, but ultimately plans on applying their technology to point-of-care medical diagnostics.

Fun Facts

Co-founders Lucas and Michael were randomly selected roommates at Bromley Hall during their freshman year at the University of Illinois.

2016 Innovation Celebration award recipient for the Student Startup Award.


PSYONIC’s mission is to deliver advanced, neurally-controlled prosthetic hands with more functionality and lower cost than state-of-the-art prostheses. By employing machine learning algorithms, their prostheses are able to recognize different patterns of muscle activity from the user’s residual limb. PSYONIC will also have the first commercially available prosthesis capable of sensory feedback. Through these innovations, PSYONIC will disrupt the status quo of the prosthetics industry and decrease prosthesis rejection and abandonment.


Prosthetic hands

Fun Facts

Co-founders Aadeel Akhtar and Patrick Slade both love to play guitar.

PSYONIC was a 2016 Innovation Celebration finalist for the Social Venture Award.

With PSYONIC’s technology they are able to give both touch and joint location sensing back to the user. In providing touch feedback, they place pressure sensors in the hand that are relayed to the user through electrical stimulation of the skin. By doing this, the user feels vibration, tingling, or pressure when he touches an object.


Founded by Stephen Wolfram in 1987, Wolfram Research is one of the world’s most respected computer, web, and cloud software companies—as well as a powerhouse of scientific and technical innovation. As pioneers in computation and computational knowledge, they have pursued a long-term vision to develop the science, technology, and tools to make computation an ever-more-potent force in today’s and tomorrow’s world.


Mathematica, Discovery Platform, Programming Cloud, Data Science Platform, Finance Platform, SystemModeler, Wolfram|Alpha, Mobile Apps, Corporate Consulting, Paid Product Support, Individual Training, and more.

Fun Facts

From Nobel Prize winners to high school students, a wide range of talented people have learned the Wolfram Language through Mathematica over the past 25 years.

Siri on your iPhone gets some of her data from right here in Champaign County. Wolfram Alpha developed at Wolfram Research in Champaign provides a computational search engine to answer all your analytical questions.

Want to know some fun facts of your own? Follow @WolframFunFacts on Twitter! Wolfram Fun Facts are unique facts computed from trillions of pieces of data within Wolfram|Alpha.

You can use Wolfram|Alpha to help calculate the costs of cooling your house down in the summer.

Wagner Machine Company

Wagner Machine Company is a precision machine shop located in Champaign. Their company was started on April 1 (no joke), 1982 by Werner and Elaine Wagner. They had, and still have a simple philosophy – run a lean business that makes high quality parts at a reasonable price. They have grown steadily for 30 years based on their reputation for doing just that. As part of that philosophy, they have never relied on advertising or salesmen. Instead, they invest in their company and their employees wisely, while letting their work speak for itself.

They take pride in offering a wide variety of machining processes in house. In 1986, they purchased their first CNC mill and lathe. Now they have more than 10 CNC mills and 15 CNC lathes, as well as surface, cylindrical, and centerless grinding capabilities. In addition to conventional machining, they also offer full 4 axis wire EDM, abrasive waterjet with taper compensation and full 5 axis Milling. They have experience machining an extensive list of materials from plastics, aluminum and steel, to stainless steel, exotic alloys, custom engineered materials, and fully hardened tool steels. They couple that experience with an equally wide variety of CAD/CAM software which is used by knowledgeable machinists who are always up for a challenge.


5-Axis Milling, Abrasive Waterjet, Job Shop, Lathe Department, Mill Department, Wire EDM, Repairs and Reverse Engineering, and more.

Fun Facts

Wagner Machine is proud to announce that they are now offering full 5-axis milling capabilities.

Of their 35 employees, five have been with them for over 20 years and many more have been with them for over 10 years.

Taylor Studios, Inc.

Engaging stories are the foundation of every museum and nature center. These institutions realize the importance of telling stories in a way that reaches the hearts and minds of their visitors and they hire Taylor Studios to write interpretive plans, create exhibit designs, and fabricate environments that do just that. Through the exhibit design-build process, provoking ideas become tangible exhibits that capture visitors’ imaginations.


Interpretive Planning, Graphic Design, Exhibit Design, and Exhibit Fabrication.

Fun Facts

An artist and a MBA joined forces in 1991 to found Taylor Studios. The first studio was in an old barn and renovated chicken coup in Mahomet. Now they own over 85,000 square feet in Rantoul, including the old Wal-Mart building.

Typically, they have about 20 projects going at once in various phases.

Their exhibits can be seen throughout the US and in Aruba, Bermuda, and Guatemala. Locally, they have completed projects for the Urbana Park District, Miller Park Zoo, Museum of the Grand Prairie, Champaign County Forest Preserve, Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, Ford County Historical Society, Carle Hospital, and the University of Illinois.

They are the only firm in their industry to back their work with a five-year warranty on everything they produce.

This year, Taylor Studios donated Community Experience Planning services to their hometown of Rantoul, IL.

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