Aquero Company was founded in Eugene, Oregon in February of 2002.
The work on
the biological polymers and related materials originated in academia in the early 1980's when Dr. Steven Sikes (biographical
information, next page) began a faculty position at the University of South Alabama in Mobile,
AL. Over the years, the work was supported through approximately 50 research grants and licensing agreements from a
variety of governmental agencies, personal care companies, and chemical companies.
Grants were provided by the
National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association through
the Sea Grant program, the Office of Naval Research, the Alabama Research Institute, and other agencies.
Research and licensing agreements with the private sector were supported for example by the Procter
and Gamble Company, Rohm and Haas (now Dow), British Petroleum, BASF/Master Builders, and Nippon Shokubai. Examples
of other professional and collaborative interactions in more recent years include colleagues at Bayer AG, Dow Chemical,
Encana (now Cenovus), Innovative Chemical Technologies Canada (now Weatherford), North American Oil Sands, Reichhold, Scoular
Company, SNF Inc., Stepan Company, StatOil Hydro, and Tate & Lyle among others.
Dr. Sikes began commercial activities outside of the University through a venture group in Alabama. In 2001, he
resigned his professorship amicably to pursue the private-sector work full time.
Aquero Company continues
to focus on discovery and early-stage activities related to new compositions of matter, methods of synthesis, methods of commercial
production at the pilot-scale, performance assessment, and new uses of the materials. Also included in Aquero's
efforts, of course, are new intellectual-property filings worldwide as well as maintenance and continuing prosecution
of issued patents.
Commercial efforts are undertaken through collaborative arrangements with partner companies.
Current commercial efforts involve quite a number of companies and regions, but are focused at present
mainly in the western US and Canada.
Aquero Company is wholly owned by the Sikes family.