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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ZwitterCo Awarded Catalyst Water Challenge Grant by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center 

Somerville, MA (July 3rd, 2018)
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​ZwitterCo, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a Catalyst Water Challenge Grant by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) to support the commercialization of its revolutionary zwitterionic copolymer membrane technology. Invented at Tufts University, ZwitterCo’s nanofiltration membranes show unprecedented resistance to organic fouling and can withstand harsh industrial conditions, enabling the reuse of wastewater from all kinds of industrial processes.

“The ZwitterCo team is incredibly honored by MassCEC’s support of our mission and our technology,” said Alex Rappaport, CEO of ZwitterCo. “This market opportunity is real and the pressure is mounting; there is a mix of financial, regulatory, and cultural incentives for the adoption of new sustainable technologies. As water rises to the forefront of our public conversation, innovations like what we’re developing will help build resiliency for the future.”

 

Chris Drover, CTO of ZwitterCo, stated that the award would allow ZwitterCo to “accelerate the scale-up and commercial test programs, which are critical to delivering this breakthrough capability to the market.” Mr. Drover was previously a senior member of the technical team at Oasys Water and is now leading the technology development and research programs at ZwitterCo. 

Synthesizing specialty polymer at Tufts University

ZwitterCo recently moved its headquarters to the Greentown Labs Global Center for Cleantech Innovation in Somerville, Massachusetts. Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech startup incubator in the United States, recently opened its newly designed wet lab space for member companies to pursue research in a safe and collaborative environment. ZwitterCo intends to use the funds from the Catalyst Water Challenge, in coordination with the facilities at Greentown Labs, to expand the readiness of their flagship membrane product for commercial implementation. 

 

For more information, please reach out to info@zwitterco.com. Read MassCEC's original article here.

ZwitterCo, Inc. provides a suite of revolutionary membrane solutions for the cost-effective treatment of highly-impaired wastewater. Based on new polymer chemistry invented at Tufts University, ZwitterCo's fouling-resistant membrane products reduce operating costs, improve discharge quality, and enable the reuse of wastewater in industries around the world.