The Springfield-based company FogKicker, founded by alumni Marc Gammell and Yinyong Li, has won VentureWell’s 2017 Open Minds showcase, an exhibition of multidisciplinary groups of students working to bring science- and technology-based inventions to market. The team was awarded the top prize of $3,000.
FogKicker developed a biodegradable and non-toxic anti-fog solution made from nanocellulose, a wood-derived natural nanomaterial. The solution can prevent fog formation on any surface, including scuba masks, swim goggles, safety glasses, car windshields and bathroom mirrors. The team created the product while students at UMass Amherst.
“FogKicker is a perfect example of the impact that students can have as scientific innovators, entrepreneurs and the agents that commercialize and scale research breakthroughs,” said Phil Weilerstein, president of VentureWell.
The prize was awarded to Gammell and Li during the Open Minds reception at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., on March 25. The event was hosted by the museum’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention.
VentureWell is a not-for-profit organization based in Hadley that supports an emerging generation of science and technology inventors and the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems critical to their success.