MicroGen founder moves on

September 08, 2016 // By Peter Clarke
Robert Andosca, founder of piezoelectric energy harvest company MicroGen Systems Inc. (Rochester, New York) has quit as CEO and been replaced by Michael Perrotta, who previously served the company as chief operating officer and chief financial officer.

Andosca said he has resigned to pursue other interests in the Internet of Things both academically and via the formation of other companies. Andosca remains a significant investor in MicroGen and will continue to act as an advisor to the company.

"As I have completed the work to introduce this disruptive technology and associated products to the IoT market, it is now clear to me that being on the forefront of technology is where my passion lies. The company is in good hands and should have a very prosperous future," said Andosca in a statement. Andosca

Perrotta, has been with MicroGen for seven years and served as interim CEO in 2011 and 2012. Perrotta also helped to negotiate investment from Xtrion NV and foundry supply agreements with X-Fab Semiconductor Foundries.

"We're moving up the food chain and intend to provide cells than can power wireless sensor nodes and even the nodes themselves," Perrotta told eeNews Europe . "These could be in M2M, agriculture, transportation, oil and gas. The worse the environment the more chance there is justify an alternative to a battery."

Andosca founded MicroGen in February 2007 and built the company while finishing his Ph.D. research on piezoelectric MEMS vibration energy harvesters prototyping at the Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility in Ithaca, NY. Piezo-MEMS power source devices that scavenge ambient mechanical vibration from the environment are now in production on 200mm wafers at an X-Fab foundry in Itzehoe, Germany.

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