We are an independent research & design lab pairing creativity with rigor to bring new solutions in renewable energy and robotics to market.

 
 

 About us

Similar to an accelerator/incubator, but with internally developed ideas, we nurture projects through the initial R&D phase, to forming internal entities, and eventually fundraising and spinning out into independently operating companies.

Over the past 10 years, we’ve raised over $70M in research and design contracts, amassed $100M in follow-on capital and spun-out 12 companies.

Currently, we help government agencies and Fortune 500 companies understand energy infrastructure and build transformational technologies that bring us closer to 100% decarbonization.

 

careers

Otherlab is a group of inventors, engineers, scientists, and businesspeople striving to impact the energy, robotics, manufacturing, and education sectors. Our research lab is a place where ideas are seeded, grow, and develop into startups. We are always looking for talented and passionate people to join our team.

 

Team

Saul Griffith,  Dounder, Chief Scienttis

Saul Griffith

Founder, Chief scientist

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James McBride

Co-founder, CTO

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Diana Mitchell

VP of Finance and Operations

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Adrien Benusiglio

Principal Research Scientist

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Carrie Davis

Advanced Prototype Engineer

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Ashley Haylett

Operations Manager

 
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Jake Lacore

Shop Manager

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Patti Lord

Director of Marketing

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Pete Lynn

Disruptive Technology Engineer

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Ruza Markov

Senior Computational Geometry Engineer

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Keith Pasko

Software and Design Lead

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Brenton Piercy

Lead Design Engineer

 
 

Kestrel Materials team

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Brent Ridley

CEO and Founder

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David Cho

Chief Business Officer, Kestrel Materials

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Leah Bryson

Advanced Materials Designer

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Phil Hopkins

Mechanical Engineer

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Becky Hurd

Director of Materials Innovation

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Melody Jung

Materials Engineer

 
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Conor O’Brien

Mechanical Engineer

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Carly Mick

Senior Manufacturing Manager

 
 
 
 
 

Breeze Automation team

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Gui Cavalcanti

CEO and Co-founder

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Karen Robinson

COO and Co-founder

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Kimly Do

Mechanical Engineer

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Timothy Duggan

Software and Controls Engineer

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Dan Pederson

Senior Mechanical Engineer

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Levi Rupert

Senior Controls Engineer

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current projects

 

Isothermal Compressor

Isothermal compression saves 40% - 50% of energy compared to standard adiabatic compression. We’re applying Otherlab IP on polymer membrane heat exchangers and compliant polymer bladders to transform existing isothermal compression toward greater efficiency. The resulting innovation is focused on the $25bn global industrial compressor market and an improved efficiency target of 5%.


Ocean Farming hydrofoil

With funding support from ARPA-e’s MARINER program, Otherlab is working with Trophic and UNH to develop a modular, immensely scalable kelp farm that self-fertilizes by using currents and waves to create an upwelling of nutrient-rich seawater from the ocean’s depths.


Passive Thermo-Adaptive Textiles

Developing thermally adaptive fabrics that literally change thickness and insulation value in response to temperature change, allowing the creation of garments that passively respond to variations in temperature. The material change is a physical response, with no wires or sensors and no input from the wearer or any control system. Adaptive garments will enable the wearing of fewer layers of clothing for comfort over a broader temperature range, effectively lowering the heating and cooling requirements for buildings. Project website: http://materialcomforts.com/


Fluidic Robotics

Creating inexpensive, mass-manufacturable robots made of textiles and plastic instead of metal. Using inflatable actuators and non-contact sensors to create smooth, sensitive motion with no moving seals. Utilizing fluid pressure to create the lightest, highest power-to-weight actuation available. Funding support from the US NAVY and NASA.

 

Spinoff Companies

 
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 Past Projects

 
Welding Robots

Welding Robots

Internal Project

Care Cube Ebola Tents

Partner: DARPA

Inflatable Car

Partner: Industry

Inflatable Helmet

Partner: DARPA

 

Walking elephant

Partner: DARPA

Ant-Roach

Partner: Industry

M3 Robots

Partner: DARPA

Exoskeletons

Partner: DARPA

 
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Telecopter

Partner: Industry

APSARA: Cardboard Drones

Partner: DARPA

Howtoons

Internal Project

Cardboard cutter

Partner: DARPA

 

US Energy Flow Sankey Diagram

Partner: US Department of Energy

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2-Axis Sunfolding

Partner: US Department of Energy

Desktop CNC Milling Machine

Partner: DARPA

Conformable Intestine Tanks

Partner: US Department of Energy

 

Laser Cutter

Partner: DARPA

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Thermal comfort appliances

Partner: US Department of Energy + California Energy Commission

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Helmet Material

Coming Soon

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Squib Flyer

Coming Soon

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Project partners

 

Nasa

University of California, Berkeley

General Electric

Google

US Department of Energy

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stanford University

Yamaha MOtor Company

Facebook

United States Navy

Ford Motor Company

 
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CONTACT

General Inquiries info@otherlab.com

Press & Speaking Inquiries press@otherlab.com

Business & Investment Inquiries partner@otherlab.com

 

Tours

Workshop tours are offered on the first Tuesday of each month, are limited to 10 guests and require an RSVP.

Learn more about the tour, see available tour dates and secure your spot today.

 
We live in the old   Schoenstein Organ Factory building     in the heart of San Francisco's Mission district.

We live in the old Schoenstein Organ Factory building in the heart of San Francisco's Mission district.

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