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GOOSE Leads Lantha Inc’s $2.6M Series A

First Financing by GOOSE into a University of Texas Technology

Houston, TX, October 2, 2019

The GOOSE Society of Texas and Lantha Inc., a solid-state chemical sensor start-up, today announced the closing of a $2.6 million Series A Preferred Stock financing.  Proceeds will be used to finalize the development of Lantha’s commercial products, hire key personnel, and further buttress and expand Lantha’s intellectual property portfolio. The company expects to have its initial product on the market by the first quarter of next year.

Lantha has developed a unique, broadly applicable chemical sensor platform technology that it expects will disrupt many markets, including moisture analysis, trace chemical detection and analysis and fuel integrity testing.  The technology is a novel form of solid-state chemical sensors invented by research chemists at the University of Texas.  Dr. Simon Humphrey, Associate Professor of Chemistry at UT, is the principal inventor and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Lantha.

Lantha’s hand-held reader and single-use, disposable solid-state sensors are faster, cheaper and easier to use than traditional analytic tools such as NMR, FTIR and Karl Fischer Titration, and are just as accurate.  Robert Toker, CEO and Chairman of Lantha, said, “We have world class scientists, who are the inventors of our technology, and a strong founding team, and we’ve attracted a great group of investors led by Jeff Smisek and the GOOSE Society in Houston as well as several prominent investors associated with the University of Texas at Austin. Jeff, Samantha Lewis, Executive Director of the GOOSE Society, and the entire GOOSE team are now our team; they have invested not only their capital but also considerable time, energy and wisdom that have improved our information and decision-making quality.  Partnering with GOOSE has materially improved our chances of success.”

This is the GOOSE Society’s first investment into a UT technology.  “We are excited about expanding GOOSE’s investment efforts to UT and look forward to future collaborations and deals,” said Lewis. Several high-profile investors from the UT community invested in Lantha’s Series A Preferred Stock alongside GOOSE investors.

Jeff Smisek, founder of investment firm Flight Partners Management LLC, led the deal and will take a seat on Lantha’s board of directors.  He said, Jeff Smisek, Houston Texas super angel investors“Lantha is a great example of the GOOSE Society’s investment thesis — a company with proprietary and disruptive technology, low capital costs, large addressable markets, speedy product development and high margins which can benefit from the vast experience and contacts of the GOOSE Society’s investors. We are proud to lead this financing and look forward to working closely with Lantha’s management and world class scientists as they build a powerhouse in the field-based chemical analysis market.”

About GOOSE Society:

The GOOSE Society of Texas is a Houston based investment group comprised of high net worth, successful business executives and investors.  GOOSE has invested over $50 million in early stage start-ups and has had numerous successful exits.  The group invests around $10 million per year across a variety of industries, but with a focus on breakthrough, proprietary technologies.

About Lantha:

Lantha is commercializing a novel technology developed by research chemists at the University of Texas that allows rapid, low-cost, point-of-use trace chemical detection and measurement.  The company’s proprietary metal organic framework (MOF) sensor technology, called PCM-22, consists of a MOF framework embedded with chromophores and lanthanide ions, all on a nano-scale, that emit unique color and intensity signals in the presence of analytes upon exposure to ultraviolet light, permitting highly accurate chemical measurement.  Lantha has significant addressable markets across a large range of industries, ranging from pharmaceuticals to oil and gas to water to defense.

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GOOSE Co-Leads Syzygy’s Series A with MIT Fund, The Engine

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Syzygy Raises $5.8 Million to Reduce Carbon Emissions in Chemical Manufacturing  

HOUSTON, Texas — Syzygy Plasmonics, a technology company developing the world’s highest performance photocatalyst, today announced it has raised $5.8 million in Series A funding. Co-led by The Engine, the venture capital firm launched by MIT in 2016 to invest in early-stage Tough Tech companies, and by The GOOSE Society of Texas, a Houston based investment group comprised of successful entrepreneurs that invest in early-stage disruptive technology companies. The round includes participation from EVOK Innovations and angel investors from Creative Destruction Labs-Rockies Cohort.

Syzygy is developing a new photocatalytic chemical reactor powered by light from renewable electricity instead of heat from burning fuel. Syzygy’s photocatalytic reactor holds promise to revolutionize the industrial gas, chemical and energy industries by drastically reducing the cost and carbon emissions in the production process for a wide range of major commodity chemicals such as fuel, fertilizer and plastic. Based upon two decades of research and breakthroughs in materials science from world-renowned Professors Naomi Halas and Peter Nordlander at Rice University (Laboratory for Nanophotonics), the photocatalyst being used is orders of magnitude more active, stable and efficient than any previous photocatalyst.

“The pioneering work by Professors Halas and Nordlander and the commercialization efforts by Syzygy — a tremendous synergy between academia and industry — gives the energy industry a new advantage in the fight against climate change,” said Trevor Best, CEO and co-founder of Syzygy. “We see a future where it is possible for all fuels, chemicals, and fertilizers to be produced both sustainably and at a lower cost than other options. We now have a real opportunity to reduce, if not completely, eliminate the carbon footprint associated with these production process.”

“We started Syzygy to utilize breakthroughs in plasmonic science to drastically reduce the cost and carbon emissions in the chemicals and energy industries,” said Suman Khatiwada, CTO and co-founder of Syzygy. “Our technology has the potential to provide a positive global impact on these industries and the people they serve by enhancing sustainability, improving accessibility, lowering cost, and enabling new business models.”

The new investment will power Syzygy’s facility expansion and hiring to scale product development of its photocatalytic reactor.

“Syzygy is creating a platform technology through its new photocatalytic chemical reactor that has the potential to transform how we approach chemicals manufacturing — using light instead of burning fossils as a new power source for chemical reactors,” said Katie Rae, CEO and managing partner of The Engine. “The Engine is thrilled to help advance the mission of this incredibly driven and passionate team of founders to enable a future of zero-emission chemicals manufacturing.”

Today’s investment comes on the heels of other significant developments for Syzygy. Earlier this year, Syzygy received grants from the Department of Energy for the development of a reactor to create hydrogen from ammonia and from the National Science Foundation SBIR Program for the development of a reactor that processes carbon dioxide.

Samantha Lewis, Director of GOOSE, commented, “The Syzygy team is sound, the technology is incredibly exciting, and we love the Rice University connection. GOOSE is very pleased with this investment and excited about GOOSE investor Don Kendall, former board director of Solar City, taking the lead as a board director of Syzygy.”Don Kendall, an investor Houston Texas, goose society of texas

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