Cykloburn’s newly appointed CTO, wins Morgan State’s Student Innovator of the year Award.
BALTIMORE, MD (Oct 3, 2018) Grad students Xuejun Qian and Raghulkumar Chandrasekaran were recognized for their contributions in the development of several inventions related to the Cykloburn System for the efficient combustion of biomass to produce useful energy (heat, electricity), under Dr. Seong Lee’s direction. They are listed as co-inventors on the technology which has the potential to significantly improve the economics of biomass to energy operations, by dramatically improving the efficiency of the combustion process while reducing capital and operating costs. These two students have been instrumental in the development of innovations that have been transferred to a new Maryland startup company. Mr. Chandrasekaran recently joined Cykloburn as Chief Technology Officer (see Team).
Cykloburn Wins SBIR Phase I Grant
BALTIMORE, MD (June 26, 2018)--- Cykloburn Technologies LLC, a company developing a low-emission combustion system that converts biomass into energy, announced that it has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant. The grant money will be used to fund further development of the Cykloburn technology. Cykloburn was invented by Dr. Seong Lee at Morgan State University and licensed to Cykloburn Technologies in December 2017.
The technology addresses two significant societal needs: managing environmentally damaging pollution from excess poultry farm litter and generating energy (both electricity and heat) from a renewable resource. The technology represents a significant value proposition to individual poultry farmers; ridding them of waste, creating electricity for operations, and providing heat for poultry houses. The technology also offers a solution to the State’s environmental issues related to poultry waste.
“It is exciting to receive this grant from the NSF,” said Rob Meissner, CEO Cykloburn Technologies. “Not only will the funds help us further development of the technology, but the NSF’s detailed technical and business review and subsequent award decision confirms that the value we see for the technology in addressing a significant environmental concern while improving farmer’s profitability.”
The company previously received a $150,000 investment from TEDCO’s Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) to help commercialize the innovation. In addition, the University, in partnership with the company, was awarded a $100,000 Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) Program grant. The MIPS grant was funded by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to further develop the CykloBurn Heating System for use in poultry houses.
“We invested in Cykloburn because of the smart and high-tech solution they bring to our environmental problems. The fact that this is both a clean-tech and an energy tech company that will potentially have direct economic development impact on our farming community in Maryland is icing on top!”, says TEDCO MII Director, Arti Santhanam.
About Cykloburn Technologies, LLC: Founded in 2017, Cykloburn Technologies is a Baltimore City-based startup focused on commercializing an innovative poultry waste to energy technology licensed from Morgan State University. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Technology Commercialization Ventures LLC; a Maryland company formed to license and commercialize intellectual property from Federal and University research institutions. Since forming Cykloburn, TCV partners Doug Zeisel and Rob Meissner have raised nearly $500,000 for additional research and commercialization from TEDCO (MII Phase II), the MTECH MIPS program, and now the National Science Foundation SBIR grant.
About TEDCO: TEDCO provides resources and connections that early stage technology and life sciences companies need to thrive in Maryland. TEDCO’s mission is to discover, invest in, and help build great companies. Learn more at www.tedco.md.
About MIPS: The Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) Program provides funding, matched by participating companies, for university-based research projects that help the companies develop new products. Through these academic-industrial, public-private partnerships, MIPS connects the resources of the Maryland public universities to businesses from all parts of Maryland. Learn more at mips.umd.edu.
Morgan State University licenses First Technology
Baltimore, February 27, 2018, Morgan Gains Its First Technology Transfer Licensing Contract
Morgan State University (MSU) recently executed its first-ever technology licensing contract, for the “Method and Design of the Ultra-Clean Mobile Combustor for Waste Biomass and Poultry Litter Disposal,” commonly referred to as CycloBurn. The technology, which was developed at Morgan, is being commercialized by a new Maryland company, Cykloburn Technologies, LLC, formed by two Maryland entrepreneurs. The technology addresses two significant societal needs: managing environmentally damaging pollution from excess poultry farm litter and generating energy — both electricity and heat — from renewable resources. The technology represents a significant value proposition to individual poultry farmers, by ridding them of poultry waste, creating electricity for operations and providing heat for poultry houses. The technology was funded in part at Morgan by a TEDCO MII Commercialization Grant and in part by a grant from the A.S. Abell Foundation.
The technology development activities are led by professor and laboratory director Seong Lee, Ph.D., and his research staff in the Center for Advanced Energy Systems and Environmental Control Technologies (CAESECT), in the School of Engineering at Morgan.
“This is a major milestone for Morgan State University,” says Victor McCrary, Ph.D., MSU’s vice president for Research and Economic Development. “It is appropriate that we celebrate Morgan’s leap into its second 150 years with its first technology transfer contract. And we do so with a technology that provides economic impact for Maryland’s agricultural community and concurrently provides benefits to Maryland’s environment.”
Cykloburn Technologies recently received a $150,000 investment from the TEDCO Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) to commercialize the innovation. Separately, the University, in partnership with the company, was awarded a $100,000 Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) Program Grant, funded by the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) and Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to further develop the Cykloburn Heating System for use in poultry houses. In accordance with the licensing contract, the company has agreed to establish its business and manufacturing operations in Baltimore City.
“We are pleased to partner with Morgan State University to bring this potentially game-changing technology to market,” says Rob Meissner, CEO of Cykloburn Technologies. “This technology addresses a significant environment(al) concern, improves farmers’ profitability and will be attractive to poultry farmers across the country.”
About Cykloburn Technologies, LLC
Founded in 2017, Cykloburn Technologies is a Baltimore City-based startup focused on commercializing an innovative “poultry waste-to-energy” technology licensed from Morgan State University. For more information about Cykloburn Technologies, contact Rob Meissner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution offering more than 100 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit www.morgan.edu.