Cadenza Innovation,
based in Connecticut, was founded in 2012

by Dr. Christina Lampe-Onnerud, founder and former CEO of Boston-Power, and one of the pre-eminent battery experts in the world. Christina has once again assembled a world-class team, many of whom had key leadership roles at Boston-Power, with a ground-breaking battery pack architecture and global Tier 1 partners.  Cadenza Innovation (originally named CLOTEAM) is poised to become a world leader in battery architecture, performance and safety, with a mission to solve big problems through innovation in technology.

Our company’s mission is to deploy our intellectual property, field-proven operational and mass production expertise, along with our key technology partners to build Cadenza Innovation into a global technology leader in energy density, lowest cost, and safety. Cadenza Innovation is licensing its technology to allow immediate access to its highly simplified design for large lithium-ion energy storage systems.

What’s in a Name?

The word “cadenza” comes from the world of music and refers to a moment in a piece when a musician within the ensemble is allowed some freedom of expression and artistry in the work.

We recognize that every member of the Cadenza Innovation ensemble has a unique perspective and we want to hear it.  Our goal is to combine creativity with deep industry knowledge to drive innovative solutions into global energy markets.  We are delighted to include many high-powered “guest soloists” and “conductors” into our expanding band.

Cadenza Innovation is not just a name – it’s an expression of the culture underpinning our company

The Team

Christina Lampe-Onnerud

Christina Lampe-Onnerud

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

A corporate strategist with extensive C–suite experience in building technology–based businesses from inception to rapid revenue growth, Christina is widely acknowledged in the global energy storage industry for innovative and technologically pioneering work. She is renowned as a highly analytical leader with a solid track record of attracting and growing high–performance teams to develop technologies that deliver game–changing solutions to global markets.  A graduate of Uppsala University, Sweden, Christina earned a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Calculus and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry.  She was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at MIT, Cambridge, MA.

Brian Chan

Brian Chan

Chief Financial Officer

A seasoned corporate finance executive, Brian was CFO of a global media and entertainment company where he was responsible for corporate finance, business strategy, corporate development, capital raising and FP&A while overseeing accounting, tax, treasury, audit and legal. Previously, Brian spent over 10 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a senior investment banker. Primarily in the Corporate Finance group, he covered the technology, industrials and services sectors with a focus on capital structure, capital markets and the execution of strategic debt and equity transactions. He was also a high yield research analyst covering services and industrials. Brian has an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University and a BA in Biology / Computer Science minor from Binghamton University.

Per Onnerud

Per Onnerud

Chief Technology Officer

One of the leading global lithium–ion battery technologists of his generation, Per not only has many seminal battery patent filings himself, but has also led and managed the development of a battery patent portfolio of more than 150 patent filings. An effective CTO and leader of global engineering and R&D divisions, Per is equally comfortable explaining the newest technologies he has developed or leading a team productizing these inventions. Per holds an M.Sc. in Engineering Physics and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Uppsala University, Sweden. He served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, Cambridge, MA.

Rick Chamberlain

Senior Vice President of Engineering

With 20 years’ experience developing technology and products for the lithium-ion battery industry, Rick understands how innovation gets designed and commercialized to meet customer and market demands. Rick has contributed to multiple worldwide patents, presented at numerous industry-leading conferences, led global R&D organizations, and supported building and qualifying a 300 MWh cell factory in China. Rick holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary and a Ph. D in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

Perry Wyatt

Chief Commercialization Officer

Execution focused senior leader with business and technical acumen for leading development and sales of new innovative products. Perry has held executive positions in the battery industry for more than 20 years and brings a proven track record in growing sales from product concept through market launch while championing supplier and customer relationships. In charge of Cadenza’s battery products, Perry’s executive skillset combined with his accomplished battery experience, electronics knowledge and system engineering allows his teams to work closely with our customers. Perry holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University.

Colleen McKirryher

Corporate Counsel

With a career spanning from working as a chemist, to patent agent, to being in-house counsel, Colleen brings over twenty years of experience to her leadership role at Cadenza.  Prior to joining Cadenza, Colleen was VP of Legal and IP Protection at an international specialty chemicals company where she was a director/officer, involved in M&A, managed the IP portfolio, drafted contracts and policies, counseled management, and developed formal internal legal processes. Colleen has prosecuted patents for a variety of battery materials and is also an inventor on several patents. Colleen holds a B.S. (Bucknell University) and M.S. in chemistry, obtained a J.D., cum laude, from Quinnipiac University School of Law, and is a USPTO registered Patent Attorney.


  • Golden Seeds

  • Toba Group/PDI, LLC

  • Kestrel Holdings

  • Scale Investors

  • Connecticut Innovations

  • A number of Individual Angel Investors based in the USA, EU and Asia