Catalyst & START Grants Help Metalmark Move Closer to Market

Catalyst Grant Gives Metalmark Early Boost

Metalmark develops air purification and HVAC systems that capture and destroy sub-micron pollutants, including viruses, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and ultra-fine particulates. The technology, which grew out of research at Harvard University’s Aizenberg’s laboratory is more effective, more energy efficient, uses fewer natural resources, and is less costly to maintain …

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Catalyst Grant Helps Alloy Enterprises Move at Accelerated Rate

Alloy Enterprises Inc is tackling on-demand manufacturing for aluminum parts to help lightweight automobiles, trucks, airplanes, and heavy machinery. Founded in 2020, the Greentown Labs member is honing an additive manufacturing process (also known as 3D printing) that combines laser cutting with a novel metallic bonding process to produce (solid …

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Congratulations Ginkgo Bioworks!

Congratulations Ginkgo Bioworks

Today marks an important day for Ginkgo Bioworks, and the world of synthetic biology, as trading opens for its shares under the ticker symbol “DNA.” MassVentures has been fortunate to be on Ginkgo’s remarkable journey from MIT spinout to what could be the “Next Apple” since 2013 and we couldn’t …

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Cleantech Catalyst Grant Gives Transaera Early Boost 

Catalyst Grant Gives Transaera Early Boost

Transaera is on a mission to cut the cost of owning an air conditioner by more than half, using a combination of novel materials and hardware designs. The MIT spinout has innovated a wholly new way for removing humidity and heat from air that is vastly more energy efficient. The …

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2021 START Winners Reshape the Present and Future of Life Sciences

2021 START Winners Reshape the Present and Future of Life Sciences

Boston Globe tech columnist Scott Kirsner recently named Boston the “Silicon Valley of biotech,” or “the undisputed hub of the life sciences industry.” Decades of efforts by many to cultivate an “innovation orchard” -- where our first-class universities and research institutions partner with industry, government and investors to bring cutting-edge …

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Why do Scientists and VCs have the Same Success Rate with Picking Startups?

Why do Scientists and VCs have the same success rate with picking startups?

This blog originally posted on LinkedIn July 1, 2021 Small Business Innovation Research grants are non-dilutive Federal awards for startups inventing novel technology. The goal is to move early-stage tech to proof of concept, after which the company can seek more traditional investment. Eleven Federal Agencies participate in the program, …

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START Winners Tackle Big Environmental Challenges

START Winners Tackle Big Environmental Challenges

Blog Post—July 15, 2021 Imagine air purification systems capable of destroying viruses and other sub-micron pollutants using technology based on the intricate nanostructures of a butterfly’s wings. Or, imagine a water-saving technology inspired partly by the fog-harvesting Namib desert beetle that helps power plants recover water from their cooling tower …

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