Solving Wastewater Treatment Needs

Enabling Sustainable Energy Generation and Water Reuse by Harnessing Powerful Biofilms 


Did you know?

Around 80% of wastewater worldwide is released untreated into the environment. 

This leads to significant public health and environmental problems.

Time to act is now

“In a world where demands for freshwater are ever growing, and where limited water resources are increasingly stressed by over-abstraction, pollution and climate change, neglecting the opportunities arising from improved wastewater management is nothing less than unthinkable”          

- Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO

Aquora's Plan

Implement low-cost, reliable wastewater treatment solutions that can provide energy generation and water reuse potential to a wide array of industries and municipalities.


Water Audits

Does your business want to understand its water-use and wastewater impacts? 

Aquora provides consulting services to quantify usage metrics and prepares recommendations to address concerns.

Offered as a packaged treatment solution, the patent-pending technology and treatment method efficiently removes pollutants (e.g. COD) and filters wastewater by utilizing its unique dynamic membrane biofilms. The technology's small footprint and reliable treatment make it a great fit for industries that require onsite treatment. 


Our Mission

Sustainably eliminate wastewater treatment challenges by removing pollutant loads and enabling renewable energy generation. Additionally, provide data transparency to allow potential clients to assess how the technology has performed and determine if it will meet their needs.


Company Origin

Developed out of University of Michigan's Environmental Biotechnology Lab, Aquora's core technology is the product of a decade of research conducted by Drs. Lutgarde Raskin and Steven Skerlos. Their performance, microbial, and life cycle assessment research on anaerobic membrane bioreactors spurred this breakthrough in wastewater treatment. 

Through detailed comparison with state-of-the-art technologies and multiple lab-scale studies, Aquora's technology was created to overcome the hurdles facing existing solutions. 




Tim Fairley developed Aquora's technology in lab at the University of Michigan working with his advisers, Lut and Steve. He has years of experience operating pilot-scale demonstrations and has evaluated emerging wastewater technologies for a municipality. He is passionate about commercializing high-impact, transformative technologies.

Co-founder, President & CEO

Tim Fairley


Dr. Lutgarde Raskin is a pioneer in the field of engineering microbiomes. As an elected fellow of the International Water Association, Water Environment Federation, and American Academy of Microbiology, her expertise span drinking water and wastewater treatment systems.

Co-founder, Scientific Adviser

Lutgarde Raskin


Dr. Steven Skerlos is a serial entrepreneur, having successfully commercialized multiple technologies spun out of University of Michigan. As a UM distinguished faculty fellow in sustainability, he has deep expertise on life cycle costing and environmental assessments.

Co-founder, COO, Scientific Adviser

Steven Skerlos

John Lee is an expert wastewater engineering consultant with decades of design and implementation experience. He is a world-renowned design leader in the pulp and paper industry and has successfully completed projects for large, multinational clients.

Co-founder, Engineering Adviser

John Lee



Internship Opportunities 

Aquora Biosystems is eager to work with individuals who are passionate about tackling challenging problems. If interested in interning for Aquora, please email your CV and a brief description of your interest to Tim Fairley at

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