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Cerahelix, Inc.

Our ceramic filters enable process manufacturers to operate sustainably by providing high purity, durable filtration that reduces costs and environmental impact

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Clean Technology
  • Location Orono, ME, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2011
  • Employees 9
  • Incorporation Type C-corp
  • Website

Company Summary

We combine DNA biotech with ceramic materials to conserve water and energy resources used in process manufacturing. Our patented filtration technology provides an efficient water recycling solution for challenging industrial process conditions. Savings include less down time and decreased energy consumption. Our PicoHelix filter has broad applications across multiple industries that are seeking energy savings and zero liquid discharge solutions.


  • 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.

  • Dr. Bishop is co-founder of CeraHelix and the principal inventor of the DNA ceramic membrane technology. Karl has 20 years’ experience in DNA characterization and manipulation.He has a Ph.D. in Biophysics from Syracuse University, after which he did post-doctoral work at the University of California - San Francisco. He spent two years in product development at Tm Technologies - a venture backed DNA diagnostics biotech firm in Boston.

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    VP of Business Strategy

    Jutta worked at Deutsche Bank as a financial analyst where she structured capital market transactions and developed products to meet early stage financial needs (Private Equity, Venture Capital, Mergers & Acquisitions) with a focus on start-up Biotech and Information Technology companies.
    She is bilingual and has an extensive background developing pro-forma financial statements, and developing financial models for start-up operations.

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    VP of Applications Engineering

    30 years experience in process filtration industry. Co-founded and ran Integrated Process Technologies, Inc. in 2000- grew to $15MM in sales revenue in 7 years, sold to Nikkoso/LEWA in 2013. Expertise in process engineering, sales, lean manufacturing, strategic alliances, and business development. BS in Chemical Engineering from University of Maine.


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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.