Seattle, WA, August 1, 2018 – Boydston Chemical Innovations, Inc. has reached agreement with CoMotion at the University of Washington to exclusively license MF-ROMP technology.  

In 2018, Boydston Chemical Innovations was awarded a Small Business Technology Transfer STTR grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct research and development (R&D) work on a metal-free olefin-metathesis route for the production of high performance plastics, resins, adhesives, and composites.  This unique metal-free catalyst system is capable of producing resin and polymer feedstocks that are not available from metal-based reagents.  Further, this system may offer advantages in processing and performance. The projected commercial impacts of the innovation will be enhanced material performance, lower cost products, and broadened (new) fields of use.  

Boydston Chemical Innovations, Inc. (BCI) was co-founded in 2017 by Dr. AJ Boydston, Laura Pascual, and John Goldstone.  The company uses a patent-pending metal-free approach to making high performance resins and polymers. The breakthrough innovation was discovered initially by Dr. Kelli Ogawa (PhD 2015) in the Boydston research group in the Department of Chemistry.  Since then, Dr. Eric Finney has joined the company as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

According to John Goldstone, President and CEO, “Boydston Chemical Innovations is pleased to advance this technology and work toward the commercialization of Metal-Free ROMP.  We have the opportunity to continue our work with the University of Washington, and to move this technology from the lab bench toward commercialization with support from CoMotion. We plan to conduct mechanical analyses, make product specification sheets, make product hand samples, and evaluate our new resins’ compatibility in a number of attractive markets.”  Process scale-up and producing evaluation samples for customer feedback were made possible in part via funding from the CoMotion Innovation Gap Fund.

Also, according Goldstone, “We feel this is foundational technology, and through the University of Washington, we are pursuing patents in both the US and the EU.”

About the University of Washington and CoMotion: 

Recently ranked by Reuters as the #1 most innovative public university in the U.S., UW is a leading recipient of federal funding research, producing innovations that have the power to change the world—from biofuel alternatives, to more effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and brain cancer, to purification technology for drinking water in the developing world. 

CoMotion at the UW is the collaborative innovation hub dedicated to expanding the economic and societal impact of the UW community. By developing and connecting to local and global innovation ecosystems, CoMotion helps innovators achieve the greatest impact from their ideas and discoveries. 

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