• Napigen – Closed Research Service agreement with Kaneka Corp and have since raised funding
through Thrive SVG, Breakout Labs and Delaware Division of Small Business EDGE Grants; chosen by
Radicle Growth as a finalist for Radical Challenge competition and finalist at the Startup Stadium at
BIO2019 International Convention.
• 4th Phase Water Technologies – Ultrathin Pure Carbon Nanotube Sheets have raised seed funding
through private investors and won a DOD Grant for their water filtration technology as well as a
Delaware Division of Small Business EDGE Grant.
2017-2019– DESCA identifies an industry need for innovation-minded talent. Partners with University of
Delaware Chemical Engineering Dept to develop “Innovation Tour” for incoming post graduate students.
Results in record number of acceptances in 2017 and 2018 for post graduate programming (over 30 each
year). Numbers for 2019 not confirmed. Program to be repeated in 2020 at the request of UD.
2018 – DESCA develops and hosts second Investor Forum bringing together 8 pre-vetted startups to
pitch in front of strategic/financial investors. Follow-up ongoing.
2018-2019 – Collaboration with UD’s Colburn Club (Chemical &
Biochemical Grad Student Organization) offers “ChemTech
Seminars” that bring industry leaders to the graduate student
population to discuss strategic innovation; innovation focus and
more. These seminars have reach over 200 graduate students.
Among the participating companies in 2017 & 2018: The Chemours
Company, Incyte, FMC Corporation, Air Liquide, Merck, Solenis,
2019 – DESCA develops and hosts third Investor Forum bringing
together a further 9 pre-vetted startups to pitch in front of
strategic/financial investors. Follow-up ongoing.
2020 – DESCA has begun planning the 1st Annual ChemTech
Conference that aims to convene the chemistry, biochemistry,
agriculture, animal health and nutrition industries with the
tech industry to discuss the use of digital technologies in these industries, identify
opportunities for innovation and co-development, and drive collaboration between
industries. Focus will be global as well as local. The committee steering committee
consists of leaders from Perdue Farms, CompassRed, DuPont, White Dog Labs.
Innovation/entrepreneurship programs are being formalized and expanded
and a talent initiative is being launched.