Mann+Hummel invests in membrane startup ZwitterCo

Mann+Hummel has made an investment in ZwitterCo, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based early stage company focused on membrane solutions for organic-heavy waste streams.

The Mann+Hummel Corporate Ventures investment will help to commercialise ZwitterCo’s technology for wastewater treatment.

ZwitterCo’s zwitterionic membrane chemistry offers fouling resistance, even in streams with a significant amount of oil and organic content. The fouling-resistant membrane products are based on polymer chemistry invented at Tufts University.

“We are pleased to partner with Mann+Hummel as we bring our breakthrough zwitterionic membrane chemistry to the market,” said Alex Rappaport, ZwitterCo’s CEO.

“Mann+Hummel is committed to being at the forefront of innovation with wastewater treatment and new membrane technology to enable membrane usage that has not been viable in the past,” said Fua Nipah, president and general manager of Mann+Hummel Life Sciences & Environment. “Partnering with ZwitterCo gives us the opportunity to push innovations within membrane treatment and water reuse, where we see a bright future.”

The strategic partnership between Mann+Hummel and ZwitterCo will be handled through Microdyn-Nadir US Inc, operating as part of Mann+Hummel’s Life Sciences & Environment group within the Membrane Solutions segment.