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Physical Sciences & Engineering Accelerator


Successful PSE-funded Technologies

We launched the Physical Sciences & Engineering (PSE) Accelerator in July 2013 to expedite the commercialization of Harvard innovations — with remarkable results.

As of July 2019, $2.2 million in grants have been awarded to 24 projects from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). These projects have so far resulted in 10 new startups that have collectively raised more than $54 million in financing to commercialize the resulting innovations.

A few recent successes are described below.



Jennifer A. Lewis, SEAS

New functional materials and a novel 3D-printing platform enable 3D printing of athletic shoes and high-tech textiles.

Accelerator funding led to the launch of a startup, Voxel8, which licensed the core technology developed under this program. The company has raised $12M in Series A funding; has been named a Gold Winner of the 2014 MassChallenge; was a 2015 Edison Gold Award Winner; and was named "one of the 9 best ideas from CES 2015" by Fast Company.

Robert D. Howe, SEAS

Robots that grasp a wide variety of items automatically, without calibration or parameter-tuning, have the potential to dramatically improve product handling by reducing costs and increasing speed in e-commerce warehouses.

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Among the initial group of Accelerator fund recipients, this project led to the launch of RightHand Robotics. The company has developed a family of integrated robotic piece-picking solutions for logistics and raised a Series B financing in December 2018.

Michael Aziz and Roy Gordon, SEAS/FAS

This quinone-based aqueous flow battery could dramatically reduce the cost of large-scale, stationary electrical energy storage.

The technology has been licensed to Green Energy Storage, a company based in Italy.

Alan Aspuru-Guzik, FAS

This materials discovery platform leverages advances in quantum chemistry and machine learning to identify advanced materials for a range of high-value markets.

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Harvard has licensed the software platform to Kyulux, Inc., a leading provider of materials for OLED displays.

Marko Loncar, SEAS

Pioneering research in the nanofabrication and integration of lithium niobate (LiNbO3) structures. LiNbO3-based photonic products may address needs in telecommunication, high-performance computing, optical machine learning circuits, and quantum computers.

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Accelerator funding for this project led to the launch of a startup, HyperLight Corp, to commercialize integrated photonic chips for data center, datacom, and quantum computing applications. The company has raised a Series A.

Prineha Narang, SEAS

Building a hardware-agnostic quantum software layer based on qubit allocation algorithms and compilers that may make quantum computers more practical.

Aliro logoA startup is nearing launch based on this project. Aliro aims to commercialize software for emerging quantum computing platforms.


Building an AI-powered energy/sustainability management platform that incorporates real-time CO2 signals from the grid into the optimization of energy resources.

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A startup, Singularity, launched to commercialize this technology.