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nanoGriptech, Inc.

nanoGriptech develops reusable microfiber adhesives inspired by the foot-hairs of geckos to solve gripping challenges.

  • Stage $500K in TTM Revenue
  • Industry Nanotechnology
  • Location Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2009
  • Employees 9
  • Incorporation Type C-corp
  • Website

Company Summary

nanoGriptech is the global leader in gecko-inspired adhesives as the first mass-market manufacturer of the technology. The materials are reusable dry adhesives that adhere due to intermolecular forces, just like geckos. The material provides performance advantages for a variety of product applications and has the potential to be disruptive across many industries. nanoGriptech initiated commercial sales and has the opportunity for fast growth.


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    Dr. Metin Sitti
    President & Founder

    Dr. Sitti is President and Founder of nanoGriptech since 2009 and a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University since 2002. He has 12 years of experience in gecko-inspired fibrillar adhesives. He has over 30 journal papers and 5 issued and 6 pending patents related to these adhesives. His team’s PNAS paper in 2002 is the pioneering study in this field. He raised over $2.7M funds for nanoGriptech.

  • Mr. Ben Itzhak has over 10 year experience in the startup world, specializing in providing financial oversight to VC backed startups, restructuring operational systems and spearheading new initiatives. He successfully raised over $20M for a bio-technology start-up. Before that, he was the CEO of a NY based Distribution Company (45 employees) where he led all aspects of the company’s operations with full profit and loss accountability.

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    Dr. Paul Glass
    VP Engineering

    Dr. Glass has played a major role in nanoGriptech's success to date and has 8 years of experience in gecko-inspired nanotechnology. He has designed and developed multiple microstructure manufacturing systems, including the pilot roll-to-roll manufacturing of nanoGriptech's adhesives. His ability to manage long term product development projects and design complementary manufacturing systems is a salient advantage to nanoGriptech's strategy.


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    Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
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    Clark & Chamberlin LLC

Previous Investors

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    Idea Foundry
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    Private Investor
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    Innovation Works