By displacing petroleum-derived material feedstocks with engineered, bio-based alternatives, Visolis is focused on creating renewable products for the circular economy. With key pieces of the puzzle now set in place, Visolis’s founder, Deepak “Sultan of Scale” Dugar, is moving the firm from pilot scale to mass production.
“I’ve been a big fan of what Cyclotron Road is doing,” said former DARPA director Arati Prabhakar. “One of the big strengths is that it recognizes that there’s not a single recipe to figure out how every new insight progresses. Helping these researchers become entrepreneurs and figure out what the path is for their particular advance…that is extremely powerful.”
Our 2016 Annual Report captures the key outcomes of the Cyclotron Road Pilot, including our latest thinking about what Cyclotron Road is and why it matters, a detailed retrospective of what happened during the pilot, and some thoughts on where we go from here.
Last fall, mere months after joining Cyclotron Road Cohort 2, Sepion Technologies shifted its focus and was awarded funding via the prestigious ARPA-E IONICS program. I sat down with co-founder Peter Frischmann a few weeks after the award was announced to chat about this early success and what it means for him and his company.
The first Cohort of innovators will be graduating from Cyclotron Road over the next few months, bringing the pilot phase of our experiment to a close. As we approach this milestone, our team has been reflecting on what we’ve accomplished, working to understand what we’ve learned, and sharpening our focus for the next chapter.