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, chemical companies,
and oilfield 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 and others.
Examples of other professional and collaborative interactions in more recent years include colleagues at Bayer AG, Dow
Chemical, Encana/Cenovus (now Ovintiv), Innovative Chemical Technologies Canada (now Weatherford), North American Oil Sands,
Reichhold, Scoular Company, SNF Inc., Stepan Company, StatOil Hydro, and Tate & Lyle among others.
In 1998, 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.
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.