In 2013, Brian Schultz was finishing up his PhD in Chemistry at the University at Buffalo. It was then that he realized there was a major gap between what was being created/researched in academia and what companies could actually manufacture on a scaled level. He graduated from the National Science Foundation I-Corps program that trains scientists to become customer centric with the goal of commercializing technology. After winning the 2013 The Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition, a National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research (NSF SBIR) grant, and a New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) contract, Dimien launched with nearly $300,000 of non-dilutive funding. Brian brought on Sean Depner, a friend and PhD candidate at that time, and began the journey creating and perfecting our environmentally friendly manufacturing process.
Dimien has been the recipient of multiple NSF SBIR awards, NYSERDA contracts, Directed Energy grants, and Western New York Incubator Network (WIN) project funds. It is with these funds that Brian and the team have taken a process and products that would normally have been stuck at the academia level and molded it to be available at commercial scale, bridging that gap between academia and manufacturing companies.
Today, Dimien is a Cleantech company, consisting of four core employees and a wide variety of advisers. We are backed by private capital, strategic partners, and venture funds that share our vision and are accelerating our agenda. We are excited to be growing, taking next steps, and working with new ideas. Only great things are ahead!