Sourced from green waste, Treekind™ by Biophilica is plastic-free leather (free of PU, PVC and any other petrochemicals) making it recyclable as green waste and home compostable. It is also non-toxic and estimated carbon neutral.
Leather is one of the most environmentally harmful textiles with its carbon footprint, water usage and waste. Treekind™ offers a sustainable, circular alternative to leather and its synthetic competitors to support the transition to manufacturing and consumption that is local, carbon zero, and sustainable.
Rhapsody led the seed round in 2022.
GPR’s (formerly WaveSense) ultra-wide band Ground Positioning Radar™ uses reflections of the underground to generate high definition maps. When a vehicle is in motion, GPR tracks and matches a real-time radar scan with the subsurface map. This enables precise vehicle positioning regardless of poor weather or visibility, faint road markings, or other common challenges facing advanced driver-assistance systems.
Manus Bio was founded in 2011 with the mission of developing an economical and sustainable biomanufacturing platform, particularly for accessing rare and complex natural ingredients. Using a patented technology platform originally developed at MIT, Manus Bio produces high-value ingredients for the flavor, fragrance and sweetener industries, among others.
Through its 2018 acquisition of Nutrasweet assets, Manus Bio produces its products at scale in Augusta, Georgia.
Spun out of Harvard’s Wyss Institute in 2020, Tender Food is making alternative meat taste and feel like farmed meat using novel plant-based fiber production technology.
Rhapsody led the pre-seed round in 2020. Lower Carbon Capital led the Seed round with participation from actress and renown vegan and animal rights activist Natalie Portman, as well as Rhapsody.
NODAR is re-envisioning safety for autonomous transportation by leveraging untethered cameras to provide high-definition 3D depth maps at long range. This novel approach to perception is making safe autonomy available to the mass market.
Dr. Leaf Jiang founded NODAR in 2018 based on his 20+ years of experience building optoelectronic systems at MIT and MIT Lincoln Lab.
Tendo Technologies has developed a novel class of flow sensors based on elastic filament velocimetry. Tendo’s unique combination of low price, excellent performance and small form factor enables the use of flow meters in applications which aren’t feasible today.
Tendo Technologies spun out of Professor Marcus Hultmark’s research group at Princeton University in 2017.
Building on groundbreaking research in reconfigurable metasurfaces, Latys is commercializing the world’s first non-reciprocal wireless relay system that disrupts the current rules of antenna design. LATYS’ proprietary technology provides for full-duplex WiFi and cellular transmissions that are protocol agnostic, resulting in an intelligent network with greater bandwidth and lower interference than previously possible.
Verdafresh uses natural and abundant materials to create state-of-the-art flexible packaging to preserve food freshness and enable the circular economy.
As a US Marine, Reamonn Soto saw firsthand how measurement limitations affect aircraft engine performance and maintenance. He founded Sensatek to commercialize inventions from UCF that can measure temperature, pressure and strain in harsh environments.
Today, Sensatek develops and manufactures wireless, high-temperature, gas turbine sensors for customers in several industries including Energy, Aviation, and Aerospace.
Holiferm develops holistically improved fermentation processes to deliver massive economic improvements for renewable chemicals. Their first product line of biosurfactants is used in consumer cleaning products in the UK, and their first global scale plant is under construction now.
Fluid Efficiency produces MegaSupraMolecules, a suite of products that make liquid fuels safer and easier to transport.
Since Rhapsody led the Seed round in 2017, FE has developed products in several markets, and built a pilot manufacturing plant in West Virginia.
Hazel Technologies extends the shelf life of fruits and vegetables. About 40% of produce is wasted, creating a huge economic loss and ecological waste. Hazel’s products extend the shelf life of countless produce products by weeks.
Formed in 2016, Rhapsody led the seed round in 2017. Hazel has since treated billions of pounds of produce. Hazel’s Series C included investments from Temasek, Pontifax, Grantham Foundation, S2G, Pangea, Rhapsody and others.
Originating from Professor Xin Li’s lab at Harvard, Adden is developing a stable, lithium-metal, solid-state battery that charges much faster and is safer than current lithium-metal batteries.
Professor Ryan Harne had been working at the frontier of vibration and shock damping for 15 years when he suffered a traumatic brain injury from a fall that led to permanent hearing loss and nerve damage.
“Waking up in the hospital, one of my first thoughts was that if I had landed on a floor damped with HyperDamping materials, this could have been prevented,” Dr. Harne realized. HyperDamping was formed in short order.
The company uses innovative methods in mechanical design paired with advanced materials science to create lightweight, durable damping materials and solutions with effective and long-lasting performance.
Chinova uses the power of mushrooms to protect food and beverage products from spoilage. Chinova’s natural, clean-label, FDA approved formulation reduces the reliance on artificial ingredients and improves quality, freshness and shelf-life. Consumer food products using Chinova can be found in supermarkets across North America.
Rhapsody co-led a pre-seed round in 2018 with DSM. Other investors include SOSV and AgFunder.
SAFI-Tech’s patented platform chemistry allows for low-temperature electronics manufacturing processes, enabling the next generation of miniaturized and flexible electronics design.
Professor Martin Thuo and Dr. Ian Tevis developed SAFI-Tech’s breakthrough innovation at Iowa State University, the historical home of electronics material innovation.
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Magnolia Medical is partnering with US hospitals and healthcare workers in their mission to eliminate the preventable error of blood culture contamination and together set a new, and safer, national benchmark for blood culture contamination.
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