LiquiGlide’s technology was developed in the Varanasi Research Group laboratory at MIT. Dave Smith was a PhD student in Professor Kripa Varanasi’s lab, working with a group of material science engineers on the prevention of clogs in oil and gas pipelines. Seeing the success liquid-impregnated surfaces could have in oil and gas lines, they thought to apply the same concept to condiment bottles to prevent adhesion, using materials that are safe to eat.
Dave coated a ketchup bottle to demonstrate the technology in entrepreneur competitions (MIT $100K Business Plan Competition & Mass Challenge). The five second video of ketchup easily and completely sliding out of the bottle made the benefits of our technology crystal clear. The video went viral and major media outlets covered the invention. Consumer packaged goods companies from around the world started inquiring about the technology. In August 2012, Dave and Kripa founded LiquiGlide Inc. By that time more than 2,000 inquiries from potential clients had come in.
At the end of January 2013, we moved into our own office & lab space in Cambridge, MA. Over the course of the year we signed up more than 20 clients, grew to 18 staff, were granted 2 patents and completed development and testing on our first coatings.