Our Wildcatalyst Seminars are held on the 4th Thursday of every month from September through May at the UNHI Co-Working Space, 21 Madbury Road, Durham. Presentations begin at 4:30PM followed by beer and networking from 5:30-6:30PM. These events are FREE and open to the public.
April's Wildcatalyst Seminar: Launching (Research-Based) Start-Ups: Commercializing Geckskin®
Our final speaker in this year’s Wildcatalyst Seminar Series is Rana Gupta, CEO of the UMass Amherst spin-out Felsuma LLC, which is commercializing a new adhesive technology called Geckskin®. Geckskin was developed by two UMass Amherst researchers, Dr. Al Crosby and Dr. Duncan Irschick, who were studying geckos' ability to climb and cling to different surfaces. Their collaboration led to the development of a novel adhesive so powerful that an index card-sized piece can hold 700 pounds on a smooth surface, yet it can be easily released and leaves no residue. Rana was introduced to Dr. Crosby and Dr. Irschick and their work and six months later he launched Felsuma LLC to commercialize the technology.
On top of running his business, Rana is also a teacher in BU’s entrepreneurship program in the areas of entrepreneurial finance, innovation, and technology development.
Felsuma is growing and exploring Geckskin's potential in many different applications. We look forward to learning more about the technology and Rana's experience translating university research into real and useful commercial products.