Free Form Fibers

High performance fibers for next-gen composites & fabrics. Jet engines, armor, tools & nuclear. Patented tech. Very strong market pull.

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Nanotechnology
  • Location Saratoga Springs, NY, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded June 2006
  • Employees 6
  • Website

Company Summary

We produce high perf fibers in ultra-pure form for next gen Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) and specialty industrial fabrics. CMCs include next-gen jet engines & power turbines, armor, tools. The only alternatives are impure, hence inadequate, and still cost $10K/lb. Our platform tech uses variant of chip fab tech to make *pure* fiber with full properties, at less than $150/lb COGS. Relationships with GE, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls Royce, NASA, NSF.


  • John L. Schneiter
    Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder

    Serial entrepreneur. Founded and ran GlobalSpec (“vertical search engine” for engineers), raised $20 million from Warburg Pincus & grew the company from 4-person startup to 235-person leader in the engineering information market. Twice InfoCommerce Model of Excellence Award and on the “25 Companies to Watch” by Cahners. GlobalSpec was recently sold to IHS ($160 MM valuation).
    12 year GE CRD.
    MS & PhD MIT Mech. Eng.

  • Joseph Pegna
    Chief Scientist and Lead Co-Founder

    20+ year Intl. acad. (research, faculty and admin) in USA, Canada, and Europe. Recognized world-class expert in seminal tech and lead co-inventor of IP. Helped raise CDN$ 60.5MM for Univ. Montreal multidisc. Res. infrastructure. Former NSF Presidential Young Investigator, Canada Research Chair, Frontier Fellow of the National Academy of Eng.
    Raised over $2,000K in R&D contracts for FFF.
    Ph.D. Stanford Mech. Eng.

  • Thomas Brownell
    VP Prod. & Eng.

    Cofounder GlobalSpec
    14 yrs SVP Prod & Eng., GlobalSpec
    18 yrs GE Corporate R&D
    RPI MS in Electrical & Computer Systems Engineering

  • Sharon Jurs

    13 years public accounting experience
    2 years in business as Tech Valley Accounting Services, LLC
    Concentration: High-Tech Client Base
    SUNY Albany BS in Accounting

  • Ram K. Goduguchinta
    Chief Information Officer and Co-Founder

    Co-developed company’s IP
    13 years in LCVD
    Research faculty:
    4 years Clarkson University
    PhD Univ. Montreal (Polytechnique) in MechE

  • Kirk L. Williams
    Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder

    14 years in LCVD
    Max-Plank Institute (Gottingen, Germany)
    Uppsala Universitet (Sweden) PhD in Microsystems Technology


  • McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams (Business) / Heslin, Rothenberg, Farley & Mesiti (IP)
    Sharon L. Jurs, CPA (Controller) / Davie Kaplan CPA, P.C. (Tax)

Previous Investors

  • Co-Founders
    Friends and Family
    Angels and institutional Investors

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