Our Story

Every day, 8,000 people die from drinking contaminated water. Other water purification methods are either too difficult to use or too expensive.

Affordable options, like solar disinfection, are hard to use and tedious. Comprehensive and easy options, such as bottled water and reverse osmosis, are too expensive. People use these purifiers incorrectly or don’t use them at all and get sick.

Rorus makes portable and household water filters that work for people, rather than making them work for their water. Our designs translate across languages and cultures. We make water filters that break the pattern by being both cost effective and easy to use. 

 
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Our Team

Donna Martinez

Corinne Clinch

Co-Founder & CEO


Corinne is an extroverted engineer turned entrepreneur. She founded Rorus while completing her Master's in biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. She leads the company based on field experience in India, Ghana, and South Africa. On one of these trips, water project manager Scott Andes noted that while most employees visited tourist attractions, Cori spent her free time in local villages playing soccer and cooking with the community. Her combination of natural empathy and pragmatism directed the project to satisfy the end user's needs and constraints. These traits are critical to her specialty: the creation of technically superior solutions with the right social context for widespread adoption.

Corinne Clinch

Co-Founder & CEO

Donna Gupta

Uriel Eisen

Co-Founder & CPO


Uriel is an inventor and compulsive maker with more ideas than time. He's led R&D for two companies resulting in four products currently being made. As a traveler himself, he understands the need to design for extreme conditions and different cultures, and he personally stress-tests his own creations.

At Rorus, he employs his knowledge of production methods and rapid prototyping to create highly deployable and low-cost water filtration solutions. Uriel has a background in industrial design from Carnegie Mellon University with a focus on human-centered design. His hands-on learning style has led him to take up machining, composite designs and fabrication, glassblowing, ceramics, woodworking, blacksmithing, and sewing to name a few.

Uriel Eisen

Co-Founder & CPO

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Kyle Henson

Cheif Business Officer


Kyle joined Rorus after co-founding another AlphaLab startup, Nebulus, in the music tech space. He studied entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University and joined Rorus to fuel his passion for helping early-stage companies accelerate growth and reach critical milestones. Kyle has a strong passion for music and can often be seen rocking out in a swivel chair while working on Excel spreadsheets.

Kyle Henson

Chief Business Officer

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Suresh Janardhanan

Director of Operations (Asia)


Suresh is a veteran of the water filter industry. During his 5 years at Vestergaard Frandsen, the makers of LifeStraw, he built a $60 million business unit across 28 countries in Asia. As an International Sales Manager at Cargill, India, he similarly built a $50 million business unit over 5 years. Suresh is a great fit at Rorus thanks to his complementary sales experience and his passion for fast results. He leads the Rorus Asia office in New Delhi and can be found trekking, golfing, and playing squash in his free time.

Suresh Janardhanan

Director of Operations (Asia)

Our Advisors

Dr. Jay Kuchta

Chief Microbiologist


Dr. Jay Kuchta is an experienced microbiologist with an eclectic career in both academia and civil service. His Ph.D. focused on plant virus polymerase, and his postdoctoral fellowships were on the regulation of nitrogen metabolism in Salmonella. He’s an expert on legionella detection and disinfection in drinking water with articles published on this and many more subjects. He ran the city of Pittsburgh’s municipal system for more than 30 years before retiring and becoming an advisor to Rorus.

Jay Kuchta

Chief Microbiologist

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Jon Kaplan

Founder & CEO of Melt


Jon is the Founder and CEO of the Melt, a chain of fast-casual restaurants based in San Francisco. Jon founded the Melt in 2011. Prior to this, he founded Pure Digital Technologies, creator of Flip Video cameras, that was subsequently purchased by Cisco. In 2008, Jon was named one of the 25 Most Influential People on the Web by Businessweek. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for POPSUGAR Inc. Jon lives in San Francisco with his wife Marci, with whom he established the Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund at Carnegie Mellon University, which provided early-stage financing for Rorus.

Jon Kaplan

Founder & CEO of Melt

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Ilana Diamond

Managing Director of AlphaLab Gear


Ilana Diamond is the Managing Director of AlphaLab Gear, the hardware startup accelerator where Rorus began. She helps Rorus by leveraging her experience and network gained from over twenty years of leading and growing companies, from early stage to exit. Ilana was CEO of Sima Products, an international consumer electronics accessory company that develops, manufactures and distributes products under the Sima, First Alert, Cherokee, and MGM Studio brands.

Ilana Diamond

Managing Director of AlphaLab Gear