Using patented material science and artificial intelligence algorithms, Soft Robotics designs and builds automation solutions and soft robotic gripping systems that can use a single tool to grasp and manipulate items of varying size, shape, and weight, with the same dexterity as the human hand.
Occam was introduced to Soft Robotics at its earliest stage as a startup housed in a Harvard lab affiliated with Wyss Institute Professor George Whitesides. The company was built around a platform of pneumatically powered, soft robotic grippers that could handle delicate products. Occam was charged with recruiting a chief technology officer to focus the company’s platform on the “killer app” – warehouse automation and food handling.
At that time, the company was in its infancy, making it a riskier proposition for potential C-level executives. It was also built around a product that went against the common perception of robots as rigid, metal, and indelicate.
Occam recruited a formidable CTO in Mark Chiapetta, who brought 25 years’ experience in high growth, startup, and mid-size companies, as well as formidable technical accomplishment in across consumer electronics, healthcare innovation, and automation. Mark had previously served as Vice President of the Advanced Systems and Technology Group at iRobot, where he orchestrated the creation of multiple commercial product offerings.
Soft Robotics has since raised more than $50 million in funding, partnered with major global players such as Honeywell and FANUC, and is now generating more than $25 million in revenue. Occam’s partnership with Soft Robotics was also on an investor level, as Occam worked for equity.