August 24, 2013
Harvard undergraduate and biochemist Ben Yu and venture capitalist Deven Soni have invented a caffeine aerosol.
Yu’s father, who is a bioorganic chemist, owns a lab in China and assisted his son in the development of the product.
To prove its safety, Yu purports to use the product “regularly” and has not recorded any notable side effects.
Yu also claims that he has “tested it on hundreds of people without negative reactions.”
The sprayable caffeine is absorbed through the skin. Four applications is comparable to a cup of coffee or an energy drink.
Yu and Soni hope that their product will be available in convenience stores, gas stations and “big box stores.”
Sprayable Energy (SE) is a colorless and odorless liquid that is designed to gradually seem into the body to provide a steady stream of caffeine – rather than a quick and sudden jolt.
SE is marketed as healthier than drinking massive amounts of liquid. Most of the ingredients are undisclosed because of patent protection; however the only claimed active ingredient is caffeine.
The “homeopathic energy” drink contains “water, caffeine and an amino acid derivative, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t consider it a drug or a dietary supplement.”
According to the website: “Our active ingredient is caffeine, which can actually naturally enter your body through the skin by passing through cell membranes (caffeine is very structurally similar to nicotine – which also easily passes through cell membranes, if you’ve ever seen a nicotine patch).”
Recommended uses are:
• Just before a business meeting
• Just before a long drive
• Prior to a public presentation
• Before working out
• Before a date
Peter Thiel founded the Thiel Fellowship (TF) with the promise of “a no-strings-attached grant of $100,000 to a skip college and focus on their work, their research, and their self-education.”
Thiel Fellows “are given to immerse themselves in their work comes the opportunity to collaborate with each other.
Fellows are encouraged to learn from each other, and to use the group’s varied experiences, interests, and strengths to breathe life into existing ideas and to generate new ones.”
Yu and Soni are alumni of the TF.
Thiel has invested $50,000 into Sprayable Energy. Yu and Soni are asking for donation for the $15,000 fee to the FDA for certification.
Jonathan Cain, president of the Thiel Foundation, and Danielle Strachman, the fellowship’s program director, remarked that they “see the venture as an early step in Yu’s personal development as an entrepreneur.”
Thiel is the owner of Palantir Technologies, Inc. (PT), a software corporation that produces platforms for Java and web-based systems that analyze integrate and visualize digital data of all kinds.
PT received Palantir Technologies, Inc. (PT), a software corporation that produces platforms for Java and web-based systems that analyze integrate and visualize digital data of all kinds.
Palantir Technologies, Inc. (PT), a software corporation that produces platforms for Java and web-based systems that analyze integrate and visualize digital data of all kinds.
One of the most interesting positions that Thiel has held is having a seat on the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Group.
The Steering Committee governs the Bilderberg Group with an elected chairman. They also decides who is extended an invitation to attend Bilderberg Group meetings – based on “their experience, their knowledge, their standing and their contribution to the selected agenda.”