December 8, 2020

New Iridium launches new class of photocatalysts for Birch reduction

Fort Collins, CO

New Iridium has launched a new set of photocatalysts that decrease the cost and safety risks associated with Birch Reductions. These photocatalysts allow for light-driven Birch Reductions under bench-top conditions; leading to safer scale-up reactions. New Iridium has licensed this set of products with Millipore Sigma

July 8, 2020

New Iridium receives NSF SBIR grant to accelerate Remdesivir production 

Fort Collins, CO

New Iridium receives NSF Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant to accelerate potential COVID-19 drug treatment, Remdesivir. We are using our photocatalytic technology to tackle this global issue and help treat people around the world suffering from COVID-19.

March 31, 2020

Featured on Edinburgh Instruments Website

Edinburgh Instruments featured our collaborative Journal of American Chemical Society (JACS) paper on a C-N cross-coupling mechanism with the Miyake lab.



December 6, 2019

Recognized by Joe Neguse - Member of Congress for receiving Phase 1 NSF Funding

Thank You Joe Neguse (U.S. Representative for Colorado's 2nd congressional district) for recognizing New Iridium in obtaining our recent funding from National Science Foundation (NSF).

November 26, 2019

New Publication: 

Discovery of Dihydroacridine 


Dimethyl‐dihydroacridines as Photocatalysts in the Organocatalyzed ATRP of Acrylate Monomers

Link to Full Publication


August 22, 2019

Runner Up of BizWest's IQ Award Innovation Challenge

Loveland, CO

New Iridium won 2nd place in the BizWest’s Northern Colorado IQ Awards Innovation Challenge. The IQ Awards recognize innovation among new businesses in the northern CO region. 

July 8, 2019

ARPA-E 10th Energy Innovation Summit Aurora, CO

New Iridium attended the 2019 ARPA-E Summit. This summit brings together energy stakeholders, industry professionals and technology experts from around the world to discuss and address America’s energy challenges in new and innovative ways. This year’s event recognizes 10 years of ARPA-E making ideas into reality and sets the stage for the next decade of energy innovation.


April 23, 2019

Colorado State University (CSU) Demo Day

Fort Collins, CO

New Iridium participated in CSU Demo Day which was a premiere event that inspires and enriches the entrepreneurial community of CSU and Northern Colorado. Faculty, staff, and students, as well as alumni, business professionals, and entrepreneurs had the opportunity to engage with researchers and local emerging companies in and around our community. 


February 5, 2019

Received Phase 1 Funding - NIH SBIR

Boulder, CO

New Iridium received Phase 1 funding from National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. NIH SBIR program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development that has the potential for commercialization.

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September 1, 2018

Meeting with Merck & Co.

Kenilworth, NJ

Dr. Chern-Hooi Lim visited the Photoredox team in Merck & Co.

October 1, 2020

Dr. Chern-Hooi Lim talks at the 2020 Colorado Life Sciences Innovation Forum

Fort Collins, CO

Hosted by Colorado Bioscience Association, Dr. Chern-Hooi Lim participated in a panel on maximizing public-private partnerships to scale innovation.

April 21, 2020

Dr. Harit Vora joins New Iridium

Fort Collins, CO

Harit joins New Iridium as a Principal Scientist. He completed his B Sc. at the University of Pittsburgh, pursued his doctoral education at Colorado State University and conducted his postdoctoral research at The Scripps Research Institute. Dr. Vora provides the company with experience from the pharmaceutical sector ( Roche & Merck) and the biotech arena ( C4 Therapeutics & Casma Therapeutics). 

January 20, 2020

Celia Federico joins New Iridium

Fort Collins, CO

Celia joins New Iridium as a Research Scientist. Celia recently graduated with a chemistry degree from The College of New Jersey. Throughout her time as an undergraduate, she also conducted research at Colorado State University, The College of New Jersey, and Los Alamos National Lab

December 2, 2019

Awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) Phase 1 $225,000

New Iridium received $225,000 Phase 1 funding from National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. 

NSF is proud to support the technology of the future by thinking beyond incremental developments and funding the most creative, impactful ideas across all markets and areas of science and engineering

November 12, 2019

New Publication:

Energy Transfer Mechanism in Light Driven C-N Cross Coupling

Energy Transfer to Ni-amine Complexes in Dual Catalytic, Light-driven C–N Cross-Coupling Reactions

Link to Full Publication

August 14 - 20, 2019

Silicon Valley CU Boulder Investor Event

Palo Alto, CA

New Iridium participated in the Bay Area Investor Gathering in Palo Alto, CA organized by the CU Boulder's Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative and lead by SV Tech Ventures. 

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July 8, 2019

Exclusive Licensing Agreement with University of Colorado

Boulder, CO

New Iridium have executed an Exclusive Licensing Agreement with CU Boulder for the the patent in regards to Compositions and Methods of Promoting Organic Photocatalysis.

March 31 - April 4, 2019

American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring Conference

Orlando, FL

Dr. Chern-Hooi Lim attended and presented at the ACS conference. Topics presented are:

  • Strongly reducing organic dihydrophenazine and phenixazine photoredox catalysts for visible light-driven synthesis of polymers and small molecules

  • Benzimidazoles as Metal-Free and Recyclable Hydrides for CO2 Reduction to Formate

  • C-N Cross-Coupling via Photoexcitation of Nickel-Amine Complexes

February 1, 2019

Destination Startup - University of Colorado

Boulder, CO

New Iridium participated in the Destination Startup program hosted by Venture Partners of CU Boulder. This program is a collaboration among Colorado's leading research universities and federal laboratories, showcasing the best technologies from the region’s innovation ecosystem. 

May 1, 2018

Brent Cutcliffe joins New Iridium

Boulder, CO

Brent Cutcliffe joins as the co-founder and COO of New Iridium. He holds Bachelor and MBA from Canadian universities. Mr. Cutcliffe brings experience from over 10 years in C-suite roles and high-growth startups. ​

July 31, 2020

Co-founder and CEO Dr. Chern-Hooi Lim is featured on Company Week

Fort Collins, CO

Our Co-Founder and CEO, Dr. Chern-Hooi Lim sheds light on the uptake of New Iridium's photocatalysis technology into the pharmaceutical industry.

April 21, 2020

Zachary Elder joins New Iridium

Fort Collins, CO

Zach joins New Iridium as a Research Scientist. He is graduating from Colorado State University in May with a degree in Biochemistry. During his time at Colorado State, he conducted photochemistry research in the Miyake group.  

January 4, 2020

Featured on Boulder's Daily Camera for receiving grant from OEDIT

New Iridium was featured on Daily Camera as 1 of 6 Boulder-based startups with ties to the University of Colorado Boulder for all their innovation with $1.5 million in grants from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT).

November 21, 2019

Awarded Colorado OEDIT Advanced Industries Grant $250,000

New Iridium received $250,000 as part of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)’s Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program. 

October 29, 2019

Webinar: Fundamentals  & Applications of Photoredox Catalysts in Organic & Macromolecular Synthesis

Garret Miyake, Professor of Colorado State University and Co-Founder of New Iridium was the keynote speaker to discuss the fundamentals of photoredox catalysts application in organic synthesis. Webinar recording can be found here. This event is sponsored by Merck KGaA and MilliporeSigma.

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July 21 - 26, 2019

International Conference on Photochemistry (ICP)

Boulder, CO 

 Dr. Chern-Hooi Lim participated and presented in the ICP 2019 conference. Topics presented are:

  • ​Strongly Reducing Organic Photoredox Catalysts for Visible Light-driven Synthesis of Polymers and Small Molecules 

  • Visible-light-driven Conversion of CO2 to CH4 with an Organic Sensitizer and an Iron Porphyrin Catalyst

June 12, 2019

Dr. David J Boston joins New Iridium

Fort Collins, CO

Dr. David J. Boston joins New Iridium as a lead scientist. Dr. Boston earned his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2013, where his dissertation topic was “Examining Ruthenium Chromophores for the Photochemical Reduction of CO2 to Methanol”. Dr. Boston holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Iowa State University (2006), where his undergraduate research project was in catalysis for asymmetric hydrogen transfer.


March 1, 2019

Established Lab Space in Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO

Started leasing lab space from CSU.

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January 27-31, 2019

Winter Conference on Medicinal & Bioorganic Chemistry (WCMBC)

Steamboat Springs, CO

Dr. Chern-Hooi Lim attended the 14th Winter Conference on Medicinal & Bioorganic Chemistry (WCMBC)  conference.

May 1, 2018

Marianne Foo joins New Iridium

Boulder, CO

Marianne Foo joins as a part-time CFO of New Iridium. Ms. Foo has a B.S. in Business Administration (Finance and Accounting) from Drexel University. Ms. Foo is a Senior Consultant for Deloitte Consulting and has over eight years experience with global clients in industries ranging from pharmaceutical to consumer and industrial products.​