Innovators Under 35 Roundtable: Lab-to-Market

William Woodford, Form Energy, Shreya Dave, Via Separations, Nabiha Saklayen, Cellino Biotech, and Prineha Narang, Harvard University

Gideon Lichfield in discussion with the Innovators Under 35

William Woodford, Cofounder and CTO, Form Energy

Shreya Dave, CEO, Via Separations

Shreya Dave graduated with her PhD in mechanical engineering from MIT and currently serves as the CEO of Via Separations. Her PhD research focused on the design and manufacturing of graphene oxide membranes for water desalination. Via Separations is scaling up and commercializing this material platform for use in industrial separation processes such as food ingredient production and chemical manufacturing. Shreya is passionate about creating things, educating people, and improving energy efficiency. She also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MIT in mechanical engineering and Technology & Policy.

Nabiha Saklayen, CEO and Cofounder, Cellino Biotech

Dr. Nabiha Saklayen is CEO and cofounder at Cellino Biotech, a venture-backed cell engineering company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Nabiha holds a PhD in physics from Harvard University and is an expert on convergent technologies that sit at the interface of physics, biology, and engineering.

Prineha Narang, Professor, Harvard University

Prineha Narang is an assistant professor at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. Prior to joining the faculty, Prineha came to Harvard as a Ziff Environmental Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment to explore the new field of excited-state quantum materials and devices. She was also a research scholar in condensed matter theory at the MIT Department of Physics, working on new theoretical methods to describe electron-phonon coupling in materials.

Prineha received her SB in materials science from Drexel University and an MS and PhD in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow and Resnick Sustainability Institute Fellow. Her work focused on understanding light-matter interactions in areas ranging from quantum plasmonics to nitride optoelectronics. Prineha’s research interests lie in exploring and expanding the understanding of excited state and non-equilibrium phenomena to develop novel quantum-engineered materials and devices with applications in sensing and photodetection, energy conversion, and quantum information processing. Outside of science, she is an avid triathlete and runner.


Innovators Under 35
individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades through the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems.