Nagare Water - Top 5 Desalination StartupsNagare Membranes was named a Top 5 Desalination Startup by VentureRadar, a UK-based intelligence services firm that helps organizations innovate and generate growth. Nagare’s R&D operation is based at the UConn Technology Incubation Program in Storrs.

The company was founded in 2013 by serial entrepreneur and CEO, Rob McGinnis, to commercialize its innovative technology for seawater desalination, wastewater reuse, and personal water purification. Using advanced carbon nanotube membranes, Nagare’s technology significantly reduces the costs required to produce fresh water from brackish water, frack water, industrial wastewater, and seawater. As a result, these sources will be the lowest cost sustainable sources of new fresh water.

According to Associate Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Jeff McCutcheon, Nagare Membranes established R&D labs at UConn to take advantage of the program’s excellent facilities, business services, and access to world-class research faculty.

“Having Nagare here at the University demonstrates one of many ways UConn faculty can play a role that supports new companies and industry development,” McCutcheon said. “In this case, Rob and I share common research interests and my lab is positioned to support publications about Nagare’s technology that will, hopefully, facilitate its ultimate use in the marketplace.”

The UConn Technology Incubation Program is part of the University’s Office of the Vice President for Research, and provides labs, technology resources, and business development services to emerging companies. TIP operates facilities on UConn campuses in Storrs, Avery Point, and in Farmington at UConn Health, where lab and office space will double upon the December 2015 completion of a 20,000 square foot addition.