Meet the founders – FaradaIC
1- Can you briefly explain what your solution is all about? What’s unique about it?
Our solution enables mass production and miniaturization of gas sensors unlike what exists today. So far, have developed the world’s smallest O2 gas sensor with our technology, which can be used to monitor atmospheres in enclosed spaces, or to analyze exhaled breath in space applications. This was not possible previously. What makes our approach unique is how we amalgamate chemistry and microfabrication to achieve this.
2- What’s the story behind your company? How was the idea for this business born?
The marriage between chemistry and microfabrication is reflected in the founders. Dr. Ryan Guterman (CEO) is a chemist and material scientist and has investigated a special class of materials used in electrochemical devices for over 10 years. Meanwhile, Dr. Alexey Yakushenko (CTO) developed expertise in microfabrication and sensors and even started his own gas sensor company. He realized that there were technical challenges that could only be overcome by the right materials, which happened to be the focus of Ryan’s career. We then decided to build a company together using our combined technologies and expertise.
3-Which is the challenge that your solution tackles, and how do you set apart from the other companies with similar solutions?
The challenge is to build gas sensors that satisfy the three criteria needed for any sensing technology; cost, size, and performance. At the moment, no single gas sensing technology can achieve all three at once. With our technology platform, we can. Other companies either focus on performance or size/cost, but not all three.
4- What are your goals, and what’s the biggest challenge you are trying to overcome at this moment?
Our goal is to produce 1 billion gas sensors over the next 10-15 years. The biggest challenge is the technical hurdles needed to do this. If it was easy, someone else would have done it!
5- What advice would you give to an entrepreneur trying to pave his/her way in the space sector landscape?
6- About SUN, why did you apply?
Space technology is not something that can be developed in a vacuum. It must be done as part of a team, and this requires network building. For this, we applied.