Chemistry and computer science professor heads one of 10 'start-ups to watch'

November 11, 2019 by Jovana Jankovic - A&S News

A materials development start-up headed by Alán Aspuru-Guzik, professor of chemistry and computer science, has been named one of 10 “start-ups to watch” by Chemical & Engineering News.

Kebotix is a start-up fronted by Aspuru-Guzik and four other scientists with experience in the private and entrepreneurial sectors — one of whom, CEO Jill Becker, is a U of T and Harvard alumnus. 

Kebotix specializes in working to develop and discover new materials through an AI-backed process that is more efficient than manual materials development. Called a “self-driving lab,” Kebotix is powered by artificial intelligence and robotic automation in order to accelerate the discovery of new chemicals and materials that may be able to tackle some of today’s most urgent problems.

Aspuru-Guzik is a Mexican-American scholar in theoretical and computational chemistry who joined U of T in 2018 after 12 years at Harvard.

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