Our Company & People

Tyromer Inc. is a company established by the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, to commercialize a rubber devulcanization technology invented by Professor Costas Tzoganakis of the Department of Chemical Engineering.

The affiliation with the University of Waterloo has broadened our corporate mission and vision: Beyond providing value to our customers and partners, we will work with them with respect and honesty while delivering our best in service and support. We will offer our employees meaningful opportunities so they can thrive and provide for their families. Above all, we will be socially responsible and contribute to the greater sustainability of our community and the world. These are not empty words – every one of us at Tyromer believes and shares these values.

To address the global nature of scrap tires, Tyromer needs to collaborate and partner with industry leaders who share its vision to bring about an environmentally sustainable and financially viable solution to the scrap tire problem, and create a socially responsible economic opportunity at the same time.

Under a collaboration with AirBoss Rubber Compounding, Tyromer implemented its first commercial scrap tire rubber crumb devulcanization system within the AirBoss manufacturing complex in Kitchener, Canada, to produce TDP (Tire-Derived Polymer) for reuse in tires. Today, one product AirBoss offers its customers is an OTR retread compound with 20% TDP.

Tyromer will license its technology and TDP manufacturing system or operate JV with partners.

To best serve our licensees and partners, we will focus on our core strength – technology, process and product development and improvement – to drive their success. Our team, along with our equipment manufacturing partners, has the capability to support our licensees and partners globally.

Meet the Tyromer Team:

Professor Costas Tzoganakis
Professor Costas TzoganakisPh.D., P.Eng., CTO
Professor Tzoganakis is the inventor of the Tyromer supercritical CO2 extrusion technology for continuous rubber devulcanization. As a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Costas maintains an active research program in processing and modification of polymers, and also leads Tyromer’s robust R&D program.
Sam Visaisouk
Sam VisaisoukPh.D., CEO
Sam specializes in the commercialization of university inventions. He has over 30 years of entrepreneurial experience in start-up operation covering patents and trademarks, business and financial modeling, financing and deal structuring, product development, validation and certification, strategic collaboration with early customers, technical marketing, licensing and JV management.
Jos Van Son
Jos Van SonMSME, VP Engineering
Jos is an experienced start-up, scale-up and organization re-fitting expert. He is a senior all-around industrial manager with LEAN focus, and has a wealth of engineering and operational experience. Jos also has a long history in tire grinding and recycling, and has designed and implemented numerous tire recycling facilities, some of which have been operating for 20+ years.
Don McRae
Don McRaeDirector, Applications
Don has a broad and deep knowledge of rubber compounding and material performance property optimization. While he was at the largest Canadian custom rubber compounding company, he optimized various compounds with Tyromer TDP content for commercial use. His combination of over 20 years compounding experience and open mindset are rare, and considered irreplaceable by many in the industry.
Ankita Saikia
Ankita SaikiaMASc., Director, Quality and R&D
Ankita worked in the tire and rubber industry with a global tire manufacturer before obtaining her Masters in Chemical Engineering. Ankita manages Tyromer’s lab and quality systems, and is responsible for material testing, helping develop new products and applications, and creating a variety of reports and in-depth analysis. She is integral to Tyromer’s every-day activities as well as the R&D program.
Jon Visaisouk
Jon VisaisoukBBA, COO
Jon has a wide range of business development & management experience, and has been leading teams for over 10 years. He focuses on creating strong personal and business relationships, and helping align Tyromer’s day-to-day activities with corporate goals. Prior to joining Tyromer, Jon grew a business unit from four to 180+ employees with a leading tech company, and is now working to showcase Tyromer technology as a key driver towards the circular economy.
Muhammad Umar Farooq
Muhammad Umar FarooqMASc., P.Eng., Technical Manager
Umar applies his expertise in polymer engineering and chemistry to optimize process parameters and develop new products. From physical and rheological analysis to feasibility studies, Umar helps drive the company’s material and application development to meet a variety of customer needs. He is responsible for establishing commercial viability and often thinks outside-the-box to identify unique solutions and efficiencies.
Daniel Muhic
Daniel MuhicOperations Manager
Dan has over 10 years of experience in the engineering, production, and project management fields, gained while working for a global automation systems provider. Dan holds a diploma in mechanical engineering, and is responsible for overseeing production as well as coordinating resources, systems upgrades, and process flow improvements. He is currently Operations Manager of Tyromer Waterloo, and also a certified ISO 9001 quality internal auditor.
Umer Khan
Umer KhanM.Eng., Quality Engineer
Khan is a process-oriented, quality data driven lead with specialization in supply chain operations. He identifies bottlenecks and strives to improve the efficiency of production procedures. Khan helps ensure ISO compliance, acts as a liaison for product quality issues and documentation, as he has practical knowledge of data quality principles and computations.
Sainiwetha Saikrishnan
Sainiwetha SaikrishnanMASc., Research Engineer
Sainiwetha completed her Master of Chemical Engineering under the guidance of Professor Tzoganakis. Sainiwetha, as a Research Engineer, helps in a variety of R&D activities in the lab. A quick learner and critical thinker, she applies her experience in polymer science to both lab activities as well as learning the operation of Tyromer production extruders and equipment.

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