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Covaron Advanced Materials (formerly Kymeira)

A groundbreaking advanced material, "thermoset ceramics," that can outperform existing engineering materials for a fraction of the cost.

  • Stage Product In Development
  • Industry Industrial/Energy
  • Location Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded May 2012
  • Employees 5
  • Website

Company Summary

We make a new-to-the-world advanced ceramic that is easier to produce, less expensive and more durable than existing advanced ceramics.


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    Cameron J Smith
    Co-founder / CFO

    One of the first members of Walmart’s internal sustainability team, worked with numerous consumer products companies to bring to market earth-friendlier consumer products. Most recently worked as a consultant at Bain & Company, and currently pursuing an MBA/MS with the Erb Institute for Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan.

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    Vince A Alessi
    Founder / CSO

    Inventor of the Kymeira suite of materials. Educated at Oak Ridge National Labs, Harvard and Rockefeller Universities, Oberlin College, and the University of Michigan, with 8 years of research experience in the hard sciences. In addition, he has independently received 5 institutional and private grants, holds 2 patents, and was invited to speak at the TED-Global 2010, Oxford.

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    Dave M Hatfield
    Co-founder / CEO

    David’s expertise is in the areas of identifying, de-risking, and commercializing new businesses in the materials and chemical industries. Dave’s first 25 years vocationally were with the Dow Chemical Company, where he held multiple commercial and business positions in thermoplastics and thermosets including the launch of a $500M global business.

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    Reed Shick
    Co-founder / Director of Intellectual Assets

    Reed’s career has been focused on the technical development and intellectual property protection of unique technologies in materials, chemicals, and clean tech opportunities. Reed’s career started in DOD and DOE work through KMS Fusion in lasers. He moved for the majority of his career to Dow Chemical and then has engaged in multiple start-ups. Reed’s educational background includes a B.S. in Chemistry, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Physical Chem


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Previous Investors

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    Mercury Fund
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    Huron River Ventures
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    Invest Detroit: First Step Fund