Oxymem BREW

Oxymem joins BREW accelerator

Pictured: Governor Scott Walker; Wayne Byrne, OxyMem, and Richard Meeusen, Wisconsin Water Council

2 July 2015

OxyMem has been named one of six start-ups to participate in the third BREW accelerator programme in Wisconsin.

Established in 2013, the BREW (Business, Research, Entrepreneurship in Wisconsin) is a first-of-its-kind place-based global seed accelerator programme focused on solving global freshwater challenges by innovative start-up companies producing cutting-edge technology.

The programme was created by Wisconsin’s The Water Council, and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, as a demonstration of Wisconsin’s reputation as a global epicentre for water-related research and industry and international model for public-private partnerships.

OxyMem, the only European company selected for the programme, was co-founded in 2013 by Prof Eoin Casey and Dr Eoin Syron as spin-out from UCD’s School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering. Its technology for secondary wastewater treatment can achieve up to 95% higher oxygen transfer rates resulting in superior energy performance and lower sludge production using less operator hours.

Wayne Byrne, CEO, OxyMem, said: “It is a real privilege to be recognised among a cohort of such talented people and promising technologies. We have been looking at making an entrance to the United States and this opportunity is exactly how we had imagined doing it.”

The selected start-ups will receive up to $50,000 in investments, subsidised space in the Global Water Centre, Milwaukee, training through the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Institute for Water Business, and mentorship from dozens of area water technology experts.

OxyMem has already won a number of national and international awards including the 2015 Imagine H2O Infrastructure Challenge (Growth Stage) Award and the overall winner of the 2014 Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation of the Year Award.

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