Neptune Fluid Flow Systems is developing an advanced thin film cryogenic sample preparation device designed to substantially improve sample preparation for the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) community.

As a society that believes in a better future, we constantly seek new ways and new methods to improve our healthcare and manufacturing capabilities.

Over the years, the U.S. has invested trillions of dollars in areas of development such as the discovery of new drugs and therapeutics to lengthen and enrich our lives, and the synthesis and characterization of new materials to build more energy-efficient buildings and safer consumer products.

In order to continue pushing beyond our limits to achieve greater things, we need to understand how life and materials behave at a fundamental level. We need to provide researchers the necessary analytical tools to learn about the structure of biomolecules and other soft matter materials, which make up the basis of the world around us, so that they can make life-changing discoveries in lab.

Neptune Fluid Flow Systems LLC is a scientific hardware startup founded in 2016 to improve the sample preparation, handling, and delivery processes for scientific research. Our current mission is to assist structural biologists and material scientists by making cryo-transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) a reliable, reproducible, and repeatable way to visualize and study the three-dimensional soft material structures in order to advance drug design and advanced manufacturing industry in the U.S.

Neptune Fluid Flow Systems is enrolled in ORNL’s Innovation Crossroads program. TAEBC and Launch Tennessee provide non-exclusive business mentoring services to the Innovation Crossroads Innovators.

Innovation Crossroads is a new program based at ORNL that matches aspiring energy entrepreneurs with the experts, mentors, and networks in technology-related fields to take their world-changing ideas from R&D to the marketplace.

The Tennessee Valley Authority joins Innovation Crossroads as a program sponsor enabling an innovator focused on energy-related research. Innovation Crossroads is also sponsored by DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office.

Several entrepreneurs have been selected to transform their ideas into clean energy companies with financial support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Innovators receive a fellowship that covers living costs, benefits and a travel stipend for up to two years, plus up to $350,000 to use on collaborative research and development at ORNL.