Cuberg closes seed funding round led by Boeing HorizonX Ventures

Cyclotron Road fellow Richard Wang, whose startup Cuberg enables safe, high-performance batteries for critical applications, has closed a second round of seed funding, led by Boeing HorizonX Ventures. This second round brings Cuberg’s total funding to $3.3 million in grant funding and investment to date.

An electric affair: Activate 2017 rallies the Cyclotron Road community for the second year in a row.

Activate 2017 was the second event we’ve held to bring together our broader stakeholder community and give them a chance to hear from our innovators and engage with their vision for future technology.

Rolling Stone lists Opus 12 co-founders among "25 People Shaping The Future in Tech, Science, Medicine, Activism and More"

Cyclotron Road alumni Etosha Cave, Kendra Kuhl, and Nicholas Flanders, cofounders of Opus 12, were recently highlighted in Rolling Stone's 2017 Future Issue

Polyspectra launches first product, COR Alpha, at Activate 2017

Based on Weitekamp's PhD research under Nobel Laureate Bob Grubbs at Caltech and two-years of development supported by Cyclotron Road, COR Alpha is a 3d printing resin that aims to fill an unmet need for rugged polymers in the additive manufacturing market. 

Coming soon: public tools and training resources for science innovators

Working so closely with our innovators allows us to gain insight to the critical institutional, educational, and financial gaps they face between concept and first product. Over the coming months we will be working with several partners to pilot a number of new initiatives that are designed to address the most severe of these gaps.

Cyclotron Road partners with UC Berkeley to expand support for science and hard technology innovation

Cyclotron Road innovators can now access the labs and expertise of UC Berkeley faculty in driving their scientific research toward commercial products. A newly created Visiting Entrepreneurial Research Fellows program will let entrepreneurial scientists and engineers do applied research on UC Berkeley’s Campus in collaboration with faculty, while retaining rights to commercialize the resulting inventions.

Lauren Otto profiled by the University of Minnesota


Cyclotron Road fellow Lauren Otto (Cohort 3) was recently profiled by the University of Minnesota, her PhD alma mater. Read an excerpt below or check out the full article here. 

Lauren Otto earned her doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering in spring 2017. Her dissertation was titled, “Engineering Materials and Characterization Methods for Mass-produced Plasmonic Devices” and her thesis advisor was Prof. Beth Stadler. Two weeks later, she received the Outstanding Poster Award at SPP8, the 8th International Conference on Surface Plasmon Photonics, held in Taipei, Taiwan.
On what motivated her doctoral research, Lauren says. “In 2014, I did an internship at HGST, now part of Western Digital Corporation, where I learned about some materials challenges HAMR (heat-assisted magnetic recording) technology was facing. Around the same time, I learned about titanium nitride and saw it as a potential fix to the problem. However traditional deposition techniques were not compatible with HAMR technology. If a high-quality synthetic metal material could be generated using an atomic layer deposition (ALD) based technique, then that might prove to be a solution to the problem. This was the underlying motivation for my work, and the things I accomplished for my dissertation were stepping stones towards demonstrating this end application.”

Sepion Technologies and Visolis win Phase II STTR and SBIR awards

Sepion Technologies, led by Cyclotron Road innovator Peter Frischmann (Cohort Two) was recently awarded a Phase II STTR award totaling $1,000,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy, while Visolis Inc., let by alumnus Deepak Dugar (Cohort One), was recently awarded two Phase II SBIR awards, one from the U.S. Department of Energy and the other from the National Science Foundation.