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Cerahelix, Inc.

Our ceramic picofilters quickly and efficiently transform industrial wastewater to re-use quality water providing carbon and water savings to our customers.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Clean Technology
  • Location Orono, ME, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2011
  • Employees 11
  • Incorporation Type C-corp
  • Website

Company Summary

Cerahelix used nanotechnology to create a new class of ceramic filters. Our patented Picofiltration technology provides an efficient water recycling solution for challenging industrial process conditions. Cost savings include less down time, decreased energy consumption, and higher water recovery. Our durable PicoHelix filter has broad applications across multiple industries that are seeking to reduce their carbon and water footprints.


  • Dr. MacKay is founder and CEO of CeraHelix. She has 20 years’ experience in materials research, and worked in corporate R&D at 3M Corporation where her responsibilities included analysis of both existing and developing products, including a $300 million product line in the electronic materials division. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill and was a Mass High Tech “Woman to Watch” in 2011.

  • Ms. von Dirke, worked at Deutsche Bank as a financial analyst where she structured capital market transactions and developed products to meet early stage financial needs with a focus on start-up Biotech and Information Technology companies.
    She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds an Economics degree (Diplom-Volkswirt) from the University of Frankfurt, Germany.

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    Tracy Bantegui
    VP of Operations

    Ms. Bantegui has an extensive background working as an application scientist, conducting lab scale and pilot studies. She holds a dual B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from the Husson University, and a B.S. in Communication and Video Production from the New England School of Communications.


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    Chinh Pham of Greenberg Traurig
    Chinh Pham is Chair of Greenberg Traurig's Nanotechnology Practice. He is a registered patent attorney with experience in the strategic creation, implementation and protection of intellectual property rights for high technology and life science clients.
    Jeff advises companies through formation, angel/venture capital financings, securities offerings, strategic partnerships, and mergers and acquisitions, and chairs the Innovative Enterprise Program for select emerging companies with high growth potential.
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    Pete's experience ranges from mergers and acquisitions and tax planning for large corporations to strategic and comprehensive tax planning and compliance services to businesses worldwide. He has a dual Law degree and MBA from Boston College.

Previous Investors

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    Family and Friends, Peter Millet
    Family and Friends round of accredited investors. Peter Millet was an early Angel investor who is currently a member of the Cerahelix Board of Directors
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    Series AA (Seed Round) led by Maine Angels- Sandra Stone. Round included Maine Venture Fund, Bangor Angels, Maine Technology Institute asset fund, individual Angels including Jean Hammond.
    Sandra Stone is the Chair of the Maine Angels.