RemWell LLC is a Potsdam-based startup formed in 2018 to develop and commercialize technology to remediate groundwater contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Michelle Crimi, an engineering professor at Clarkson University and co-founder of RemWell, and her partner and former graduate student Fiona Laramay, needed funding to support their efforts to address the problem of groundwater pollution, including the development of their technology, the InSRT reactor, which uses ultrasound to destroy PFAS at the point of contamination.
RemWell entered the 2018 FuzeHub Commercialization Competition and won $50,000. It used the money to advance and test the prototype of the InSRT reactor.
Crimi called the FuzeHub prize “the game changer” for RemWell. Because the company was able to advance and test its prototype, it was able to collect the data it needed to interest potential customers in the technology and to successfully apply for two phases of an EPA SBIR grant. The company now is working on a field demonstration with funding from the Department of Defense.