Paper for Pennies, Water for Billions

Folia Water has created the world's first consumer goods water filter: Folia Filters™.  Our global vision is to reach the 1.8 billion people who consume microbiologically contaminated drinking water as well as the 2 billion people who pay the poverty penalty: overpaying in time, energy, or money to obtain safe drinking water. Lack of clean water is catastrophic for public health: diarrheal illnesses kill more than 500,000 children a year. 

Folia Filters™ kill waterborne pathogens at a price that is affordable to even those who make $1-10/day.  Our filter papers are designed to fit into either a regular plastic funnel or our Keystone Funnel™. The Keystone Funnel™ allows users to walk away and leave a 2 liter bottle of dirty water to drain through a Folia Filter into any household water container including a soda bottle or jerry can. The Keystone Funnel is designed to be simple to use, effective, and culturally appropriate, minimizing customers' setup time and not requiring them to buy a special water bottle. 

Folia Water's customer base comprises an esteemed group of nonprofits, church groups, water charities, Rotary groups, universities, and  small business owners in over 40+ countries around the globe.

Currently, Folia Water is scaling up paper production,  manufacturing operations, and exploring new product features. 

We aim to promote human welfare through innovation to reduce waterborne disease, one Folia Filter at a time.


Leadership

TERI DANKOVICH, Co-Founder, Ph.D.

 

Teri is Chief Technology Officer and Chairwoman of Folia Water. She has a B.S. in Textiles and Fiber Science from Cornell University, an M.S. in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry from University of California in Davis, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from McGill University, and completed postdoctoral research at the Center for Global Health at University of Virginia and Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Her doctoral and postdoctoral work has been the invention, laboratory, and field testing of Folia Filters. She created Folia Water to bring her invention out of the lab to those who in need of clean water.

JONATHAN LEVINE, Co-Founder, Ph.D.

Jonathan is President and Chief Executive Officer of Folia Water. He has a B.A. in History and Mathematics and an M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Engineering from Columbia University. He worked on African water supply for the U.N. Millennium Villages Project for his masters research. His 16 academic publications address global environmental problems, including disposing of billions of tons of carbon dioxide pollution, deep sea oil spills, and the clathrate gun hypothesis. He and Teri formed Folia Water to build a social enterprise able to reach 1 billion people with their inventions.

Some day he would like to pave underneath the deep ocean seafloor with 1 billion tons a year of carbon dioxide hydrates. 

The Team

PAMELA CALCATERRA

Pam, our Business Manager, was looking to work at a company that she could be passionate about and believe in.  She had been acutely aware of the problem of lead in Pittsburgh's water, and was instantly intrigued when she learned about Folia Water and our international work.  Pam is Folia's chief internal advocate for our aim of developing a filter paper that removes lead and other metals from water. 

FABIAN BRÜGGER, M.Eng.

Fabian is our Vice President of Engineering and handles all things plastic and mechanical engineering for Folia. He graduated with a B.S. from Columbia University and an M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University in Mechanical Engineering. Fabian tired of working in industry and helping customers like nuclear and defense contractors: he wanted to make things that actually helped people and joined Folia Water. When he's not here, he's biking, working on his car, playing with his dog, or traveling the Swiss alps. 

 

advisors

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PRAMOD JOHN

Pramod John is CEO of VIVIO Health, a company reinventing the therapeutic use and supply chain for the specialty drug space. He was formerly CEO of Oration, a venture-funded startup in healthcare transaction processing. Prior to this, he was VP of Strategy & Innovation at McKesson, the world’s largest healthcare services company.  Earlier, he founded two tech companies; one is now owned by Dell and the other by VMware.

With significant entrepreneurial and F500 business leadership experience, Pramod has a track record of strategic and operational success in both large scale and startup environments.  After launching his career in Silicon Valley technology, Pramod migrated to healthcare, an industry suffering from legacy systems and archaic transactional processes both of which contribute to gross inefficiencies.  Combining his technology background with more than a decade of healthcare experience, Pramod has a great deal of experience in understanding and optimizing businesses that range from very low margin distribution businesses to high margin software companies.

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JUSTIN NEWTOWN

Justin is an early Internet pioneer and technology startup veteran. His last four companies: AboveNet, NetZero/United Online, Demand Media and Blackline Systems have all exited with $1 Billion + IPOs. He was responsible for architecting each company’s platform for global scale and preparing their data systems for Sarbox compliance. He founded The Internet Service Provider’s Consortium (the first trade association for ISPs) and was their Public Policy Director.

Justin is currently the founder and CEO of Netki. Netki’s products allow companies to make blockchain applications easy to use and able to meet regulatory/compliance requirements. Justin currently serves on the Industry/Law Enforcement Portal Working Group of the Blockchain Alliance and the State Legislative Working Group of the Chamber of Digital Commerce. He is also on the Board of Directors of Adra Match Software.

TIM OLSON

Tim is a serial software entrepreneur with a penchant for data analytics and big backends.