Innovation Fund Success Stories
Halomine is disrupting the way we think about disinfecting and infection control to save lives and save money for customers. HaloFilm, its consumer product, is a disinfectant companion that acts as a chlorine extender with the potential to make any surface antimicrobial for as long as a month.
Halomine’s CEO, Ted Eveleth, needed funding to promote awareness of the company’s technology, which had previously received Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of the Army, and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Halomine pitched at FuzeHub’s 2019 Commercialization Competition and won a $50,000 award. The company used this money to improve its marketing materials, including a new website. Halomine also hired a PR firm and an e-commerce consultant.
COVID-19 forced the cancellation of tradeshows that Halomine planned to attend, but the company pivoted and developed a Kickstarter campaign to promote awareness and test the consumer space. Even in today’s challenging business environment, strong sales are anticipated.
"The FuzeHub prize was a godsend and a force multiplier. With grant funding available for technical development, but commercialization closing in, we really need to upgrade our image and were able to do that with FuzeHub's help."
CathBuddy is developing a reusable urinary catheter that is designed to improve the standard of care for patients with neurogenic bladder, the name given to a number of urinary conditions in people who lack bladder control. CathBuddy’s modular technology provides an alternative to single-use catheters and includes radio frequency identification (RFID) tagging and a patent-pending sterilization system.
CathBuddy’s founder and CEO, Souvik Paul, needed assistance with the development of the catheter’s insertion aid and the development of the sterilizer, a critical system component intended for at-home use.
CathBuddy pitched at FuzeHub’s 2019 Commercialization Competition and won a $50,000 award. The company used this money to develop a manifold design for a sterilizer that can pump steam directly through the inner lumen of the catheter and insertion aid. CathBuddy also completed a preliminary design for the sterilization tray on which the catheter and insertion aid will be mounted.
The FuzeHub project led to the retention of one job and is expected to have further economic impacts as the technology continues to advance.
"The FuzeHub funding has greatly accelerated our progress towards a functional engineering prototype of the CathBuddy sterilizer."
Meet Molecular Glasses
Molecular Glasses is a Rochester-based startup that produces glassy small molecule organic light emitting diode (OLED) materials, called OLEDIQ, for use in such applications as cellular phones, flat screen televisions and specialty lighting. OLEDIQ materials are designed to improve the efficiency and extend the lifetime of OLED displays. They also are compatible with both of the leading manufacturing processes: thermal vacuum deposition and solution printing.
Like any startup, Mark Juba, COO of Molecular Glasses and his team had a need for money. Specifically, they lacked the wherewithal to scale-up supply of OLEDIQ from the few grams required for initial customer assessment to the higher volume needed to enable potential customers to do pilot-scale evaluations.
Molecular Glass applied for FuzeHub’s 2019 Commercialization Competition and won a $50,000 prize. The company is using part of the money to purchase, install and validate a 3-inch single zone sublimator, used to purify its materials. The rest will fund the scale-up of OLEDIQ through the company’s manufacturing partner, an upstate New York chemical manufacturer, with the goal of producing about 100 grams of materials.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed Molecular Glass’ plans by about six months, the 2019 Commercialization Competition Award did result in the company picking up three additional customers who are now evaluating its materials.
"The money was definitely helpful. It enabled us to do things that frankly would have been quite difficult to do without the funding and the support that was available."