The short history of Xanofi reads more like a story from an entrepreneur textbook. Our founding scientist, Dr. Orlin Velev, was creating nanorods in his lab one day when he noticed strange, small fibers in his liquids. Soon he began focusing his attention on these nanofibers and XanoShear™ was born! Fast-forward 7 years to Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization, a graduate level class at NCSU. This nascent technology became the night and day pet project of 6 students finishing MBAs and PhDs. At the end of the school year, it was obvious to everyone there was great potential. Just three months later, Miles Wright joined the effort as CEO and Xanofi formed in the Fall of 2010. We started with no money, a test tube technology, and we were more than 106 miles from Chicago.