During a family kayaking trip, industrial design student Galen Kane got the inspiration for an entrepreneurial opportunity: the need for a better product to refill their water supply.
“My uncle had a ceramic filter, and we quickly realized how inconvenient it was to operate,” he recalled. With that in mind, the 2015 graduate designed the Bryo System water collection and filtration bottle for his senior capstone project.
With support from the Eileen Martinson ’86 Fund for the Undergraduate Capstone Experience, Kane studied how natural ecosystems filter water on a 10-day trip to Costa Rica. On the research trip, Kane was struck by the way various bryophytes, or mosses, were able to pull water through their leaves. He incorporated this concept into his water bottle design by developing a microfiber cloth that quickly filters groundwater siphoned up into the bottle’s reservoir.
Kane’s unique design was featured at the Celebration of Innovation student innovation exhibition and PhilaU Showcase of senior design projects, where Kane was one of five students selected to further develop his product with private coaching sessions from the University’s Blackstone LaunchPad. “My ultimate goal is to bring the idea to market,” Kane said. He’s currently pursuing a patent with the help of a patent attorney he was introduced to through the LaunchPad.
Learn more about the Bryo System on Kane’s website.
Read more about Philadelphia University’s startup culture here. Stay tuned for the next post in The PhilaU Entrepreneurs, a series of profiles on student and alumni business ventures.
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