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September 19 MITEF Flagship with Startup Solugen

September 19, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Houston Exponential (Houston Technology Center Building)
410 Pierce St.
Houston, TX 77002


Experiences of a Successful startup 
Specialty Chemical Company

September 19, 2018
5:30PM-6:30PM Networking with food and drinks
6:30PM-7:30PM Program

Houston Technology Center Building (Houston Exponential)
410 Pierce Street
Houston,  Texas   77002

Hear about the startup experiences of Solugen developing a new technology for cost effectively making hydrogen peroxides from sugars using biological enzymes. Co-founder Dr. Sean Hunt will describe the technology and business and Dr. Mike Evans will interview Sean about their experiences of how to be a successful startup.   See short YouTube video about Solugen at

Lonza projects Industrial biotech to grow from $250B to $350B by 2022 with 33% market share in North America alone. Industrial biotech is leveraging decades of academic and industrial research programs in biology and gene editing to enable safer, cheaper, purer, and greener chemical process technologies. Many of the target biochemical products compete directly with existing petrochemical-based processes.

Solugen, Inc. is a 2-year-old startup company based in Houston, TX that is a fortuitous example of biology meeting traditional chemical engineering. Co-founder and CEO Gaurab Chakrabarti is a physician-scientist who was studying pancreatic cancer and discovered a new enzymatic pathway for producing hydrogen peroxide. He teamed up in 2015 with long-time chemical engineering friend (and poker buddy) Sean Hunt to develop a new process technology that recovers hydrogen peroxide (dubbed “Bioperoxide”) as a byproduct from an existing industrial fermentation process. Today, Solugen, Inc. operates a continuous “cell-free” Bioperoxide manufacturing pilot plant in Houston and has expanded its process technology portfolio to include other oxidant chemicals. After launching an industrial and consumer cleaning business in 2017, a new water treatment business in 2018, and a partnership with AkzoNobel, Solugen recently closed more than $10M in Series A financing to expand its business lines and further commercialize its enzymatic oxidation platform.


Dr. Sean Hunt,  Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Solugen Technology 

Dr. Mike Evans, Serial Entrepreneur and Rice University Lecturer

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MITEF Members  $20
Guest of MITEF Members $20
General Admission $35

Event Contact: Sara Wilkins (
Contact Phone: (713) 839-0808



Sean Hunt received a B.S. and B.ChE. in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 2011 and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT in 2016. He is a recovering biotech skeptic with a background in traditional heterogeneous noble metal catalytic processing but is now convinced enzymatic processes will play an important role in the near-future of the chemicals industry. Perhaps you too will be convinced.



Dr. Michael Evans is an independent consultant specializing in technology and financial management in high technology companies and strategic and tactical development in technology start-up companies. He has over 30 years of experience in the energy and environmental area, including air pollution control technology analysis, combustion systems R&D, and electric utility end-use R&D. He has additional experience in aerospace reentry R&D and electronic radio frequency identification product development. His background includes founder and executive positions in three start-ups in both product and engineering services companies. Prior to relocating to Houston in 2005, Mike was at the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto, CA for 15 years where he served as Director of Subsidiary Operations. 
Since moving to Houston, Mike has spent the majority of his time coaching and mentoring technology start-ups. He has been a volunteer mentor at the Houston Technology Center and at OwlSpark. He a member of the Rice Alliance Roundtable Advisory Board and he has been a judge at the Rice Business Plan Competition for 8 years. Mike’s particular interest is in clarifying presentations and business models/plans, especially business value propositions. He also provides financial planning assistance and analysis. 
Dr. Evans has also been a Lecturer in Management (entrepreneurship) in the Jones Graduate School of Business and is a past President of the Rice Engineering Alumni. He has undergraduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University and MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University. 




$20.00 MITEF Member

$20.00 Guest of MITEF Member

$35.00 General Admission