SWITCH Materials Inc. was founded in 2006 by Dr. Neil Branda to commercialize advanced materials technology based on research at Simon Fraser University's 4D Labs. SWITCH, a spin-off company of 4D Labs at Simon Fraser University, achieved first round financing in 2007 with investment from Growthworks, Pangea Ventures Ltd., and Ventures West Capital Ltd. In 2009 SWITCH was awarded “Best Early Stage Company- Cleantech and Advanced Technology” at the Canadian Financing Forum.
In January 2010 SWITCH raised $7.5 million in series B financing and in March 2010, SWITCH was awarded $2.1 million from the Province of British Columbia’s Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund to demonstrate their technology in a real-world setting. In February 2011 SWITCH was awarded $2.36 million from Sustianable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) towards the real-world demonstration projects.
Switch currently operates out of their research facility in Burnaby, with 25 employees working in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and business development. SWITCH completed installation of their pilot manufacturing plant in November 2010.