Activate is the event of our year, every year—it’s when our fellows get to shine and show the power of their innovations. This year’s event made Cyclotron Road co-founder and managing director Sebastien Lounis more optimistic than ever about our program and its future.
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.
Our 2018 Impact Report takes a deep dive into some of the key progress indicators we're tracking and the impact we are making for our fellows. The bottom line: our support is enabling a new path for the development of an innovator and their idea that would otherwise not exist.
Antora Energy, Fervo Energy, Mosaic Materials and Visolis—four startups founded by Cyclotron Road fellows and alumni—received a total of $7.5 million in funding from a pair of Department of Energy offices as well as from the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (APRA-E) this month.
Founded by Cohort Two fellow Zachary Sun, Synvitrobio has announced an oversubscribed $2.6 million seed funding round as well as a new name—Tierra Biosciences—and the appointment of a chief scientific officer, Louis Metzger, who has a background in drug discovery at Novartis.
“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.”
We are thrilled to announce our next cohort of Cyclotron Road fellows. These 13 scientists and engineers will spend the next two years embedded at Berkeley Lab, advancing their technology innovations from promising concepts to first products.
Unless you happen to closely follow developments in polymer science, you likely missed Weitekamp’s big discovery — the one on which he founded polySpectra, a startup that is looking to make an indelible mark on 3D printing.