From the lab to changing the fashion industry- meet KTH spinoff re:newcell
KTH researchers are welcome to a lunch seminar with Professor Mikael Lindström, Head of the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health, to hear about how research results from KTH evolved into the spinoff company re:newcell, with the potential of transforming the fashion industry at an industrial level.
Time: Wed 2019-03-13 11.30 - 13.30
KTH researchers Mikael Lindström, Gunnar Henriksson and Christofer Lindgren discovered a new method of decomposing cellulose in cotton and viscose. As work progressed, they realized that this could be the key to recycling textiles on a massive scale and make fashion sustainable.
Patenting their findings at an early stage enabled the team to further commercialize their idea. In 2016, the first demo re:newcell plant opened, transforming discarded textiles into fiber that can be spun into new garments.
During this lunch seminar you will hear about re:newcell’s journey from KTH lab to functional plant, now aiming to scale up to recycle enough fabric to produce 200 million t-shirts annually. Professor Mikael Lindström will share lessons learnt from the process, and you will also hear about new opportunities with KTH Innovation, where you can now get smaller funding to file initial patent applications on research results that are still less proven, have uncertain market potential, or could soon be published thus putting pressure on quickly being able to file a patent.
After the seminar, we will hold a mingle session with coffee in the KTH Innovation office. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask all your questions to our team!
The seminar will be held in Fantum, Lindstedtsvägen 24, 5th floor on March 13th, 2019 from 11.30-13.00. A light lunch will be served. The mingle will be held in the KTH Innovation office on the 4th floor, approximately from 12.40.
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