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Breakout-Labs Spotlight Series Mimicking the Gecko

Nearly five years ago, Breakout Labs funded Pittsburgh-based startup nanoGriptech because of its unique approach to advancing adhesives. Inspired by the gecko’s ability to scuttle up walls and across ceilings due to their millions of micro/nano foot-hairs, nanoGriptech develops a new kind of microfiber adhesive material that is strong, lightweight, and reusable without requiring glues or producing harmful residues. With Breakout Labs funding, the company was able to work through critical manufacturing steps to increase production while reducing costs.

We sat down with CEO Nicholas Kuhn to learn more about this sticky startup.

Breakout Labs (BOL): Nicholas — thanks for carving out some time today to chat about nanoGriptech. First, tell us more about how your unique gripping technology works.

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