Volumetric was founded in March 2018 by Jordan Miller, Ph.D., and Bagrat Grigoryan, Ph.D., from Rice University. The Methuselah Foundation was a founding investor. And the Methuselah Fund provided seed money. Miller — a bioengineer educated at MIT and Rice University — has over 20 years of experience with biomaterials. Currently, he’s an assistant professor at Rice and a founder of Advanced Manufacturing Research Institute (Houston, TX).
Grigoryan was Miller’s first graduate student. As fate would have it, Grigoryan arrived at Rice with a burgeoning interest in Miller’s passion — hydrogels. Hydrogels are soft, water-based polymer networks akin to gelatin that share many of the same physical and chemical properties as mature human tissue, and are a perfect environment in which to grow cells.