Today’s smart gadgets have the ability to sense in almost every way that we do – sight, speech, sound, and even touch – but still can’t understand the myriad chemicals that make up our world.  Unlocking this fifth sense holds enormous practical applications, yet no one has succeeded in achieving its potential.

The problem is that chemical sensors are impacted by cross-sensitivity to the multitude of background chemicals in real-world environments, causing them either to fail or to give false alarms.  Unfortunately, any new technologies that have attempted to address this issue have been expensive and impractical.


Stratuscent’s solution is different. We’ve leveraged pioneering advances in:

Cloud-Based Deep Learning

Inexpensive, cloud-based, on-demand computational and storage nodes that meet our deep learning computational demands

IoT Connectivity

The proliferation of IoT connected devices that enable seamless integration between our sensors and our cloud-based analytics engine

Scalable Additive Printing

Scalable additive printing techniques that permit volume manufacturing of our low cost sensors


AI-Driven Chemical Sensor

By combining NASA-patented nanocomposite sensing technology with Stratuscent’s proprietary machine learning algorithms, our AI-driven CUMULUS sensor does what no other chemical sensor can: accurately identify – in real-time – an unlimited number of chemicals in real-world environments.

Because of this, our solution is orders of magnitude smaller, cheaper, and more energy efficient than what is available on the market today. It is a game-changer technology that continually evolves and improves with use, and will allow chemical sensors to become as ubiquitous as camera sensors are today.


With an addressable annual market of over $4B, Stratuscent is positioned for sustained growth.

Smart Homes & Buildings

Providing actionable information on air quality for indoor environments

Mobile Applications

Monitoring our personal environment for hazardous gases using sensors
integrated into our smartphones

Defense & Security

Identifying chemical markers in the sub-ppb range to detect threats to public safety


Vehicle cabin air quality and exhaust monitoring to ensure the comfort
and safety of passengers


Smart chemical sensing solutions for industries where processes convert raw materials into products such as, chemicals, plastics, paper, cement, etc..

Oil & Gas

Monitoring and quantifying gaseous by-products produced by the oil & gas industry

Medical Diagnostics

Measuring chemical biomarkers present in human breath to assist in medical diagnosis

Smart Appliances

Detecting food spoilage and contamination by integrating into smart refrigerators


Monitoring industrial emissions and hazardous gases in outdoor environment


Companies across several industries are using Stratuscent’s technology to develop practical solutions to everyday problems.

Indoor Air Quality


We spend 87% of our time indoors. Along with industry partners, we are providing smart air quality monitoring solutions that can detect harmful VOCs that permeate our homes and offices.


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Monitoring acetone levels can provide insight into fat metabolism during ketosis. Our non-invasive sensors can accurately detect breath acetone levels to monitor daily fat burn rates.


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Medical Diagnostics


The human volatilome can provide insight into our health.  Our sensors can detect breath-based VOCs that are biomarkers for diseases such as diabetes, lung & colon cancer, asthma, and COPD.


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Food Safety


Food spoilage releases VOCs that our sensors can detect. In partnership with industry leaders, we’re integrating our sensors into smart appliances to monitor food safety and detect contamination.


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Our multidisciplinary, experienced and successful startup team is based in the Montreal area – a key hub of artificial intelligence talent in North America.




Tullio is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of senior and executive management experience in marketing, product management and engineering with PerkinElmer, Lucent, Solantro and ESI. In 2003 he founded PyroPhotonics Inc. and served as its CEO until the sale of the company to ESI in 2010.


Ashok Prabhu Masilamani

CTO & Founder

Ashok is a technology executive who has a broad experience in various disciplines including startups, IP, sensors, nanotechnology, electronics and photonics. In the past Ashok was the CTO of Applied NanoTools, an Edmonton based Nanotechnology Startup.


Patrick Chiumiento

VP Sales & Marketing

Pat is a serial entrepreneur with over 35 years of experience in world-wide sales, technical marketing, and business development of semiconductors and related software, with management positions at NEC Electronics, Chips and Technologies, and IBM.


Mojtaba Khomami Abadi

Director of AI

Mojtaba is an entrepreneurial scientist in the applied Artificial Intelligence field. With deep expertise in affective computing, computational neuroscience and deep learning, in the past he served as the CTO of Sensaura – an emotion recognition startup from Montreal.


Would you like to join a startup where the power of novel AI algorithms, material innovations and robust additive manufacturing technologies are being used to create game-changing products?

Checkout the job openings we have below:


VP / Director of Hardware Engineering

Sep 2017

Location: Montreal, Canada

Deadline: Posting open until suitable candidate found

As VP/Director of Hardware Engineering in a visionary chemical sensor startup, your position will involve tasks that are tactical, operational and strategic in nature. Other than people and product management skills, this job require hands-on skills.


  • You will design and test hardware for a new generation of chemical sensor platform which includes sensor and electronics system design.
  • You will hire and manage a team of high-performance hardware/sensor/electronics design engineers.
  • You will provide inspirational technical leadership for the hardware team, contractors, and university partners focused on sourcing and supporting our hardware platform.
  • You will create and review specifications for the hardware platform. – You will participate in all phases of product life cycle management.
  • You will plan and drive R & D activities associated with new technologies that are aligned with the company’s product line.
  • You will contribute innovative ideas and generate opportunities for the company’s intellectual property portfolio.
  • You will participate proactively with cross-functional teams on process and product improvement.
  • You will work closely with other strategic company leads and manage day-to-day tactical and operational tasks.
  • You will anticipate bottlenecks, mitigate project risks, make tradeoffs, and balance business needs with technical constraints.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • You have 7+ years of relevant industrial experience in hardware (sensors, MEMS, printed electronics, material printing, semiconductor, or electronics experience).
  • You have (preferably) an M.Sc. or Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering or a related discipline. An equivalent combination of a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering (or a related discipline) plus 10 years of relevant experience will also be considered.
  • You have 5+ years of relevant industrial experience in semiconductor/sensor manufacturing.
  • You have expertise or knowledge in any one or all of these domains: material printing, composite materials, and chemical sensors.
  • You possess excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • You have experience working in teams using Agile methodologies.
  • You have experience working/coordinating with academic and/or other industry partners.
  • You have experience with multiple cycles of platform or product design.
  • You have experience developing a Supplier Management Program and/or experience with Supplier Management.
  • You have strong interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills.
  • You have a strong sense of leadership, accountability, and ownership for project/product success.
  • You have strong organizational, multitasking and prioritization abilities with excellent attention to detail.
  • You have the ability to effectively cope with change and make decisions with only partial information available.

About Stratuscent:

Stratuscent is a vertical AI startup from Montreal that is building a chemical sensing platform which seamlessly integrates the power of novel AI algorithms, material innovations and robust additive manufacturing technologies. Stratuscent’s AI driven chemical sensor can identify and quantify the ubiquitous mix of chemicals that make up our environment.

Please send your resume and cover letter to info@stratuscent.com

Senior Director / VP of Software Engineering

Sep 2017

Location: Montreal, Canada

Deadline: Posting open until suitable candidate found

The Senior Director / VP of Software Engineering will partner with the heads of other departments to plan and execute the strategic roadmap for Stratuscent’s software solutions and products. As the head of the software engineering team, you will set high standards in communication, productivity, and professionalism. You will be given the resources to hire and retain the people you need to ensure delivery of milestones. Previous management experience is essential as the team will grow bigger over time. Previous development experience in the growth stage of a startup is important, if not essential.


  • You will lead, and participate in, the design and implementation of software infrastructure for Stratuscent’s solutions and products.
  • You will deliver reliable, scalable, and secure infrastructure.
  • You will find, recruit, and hire the very best developers and engineers.
  • You will set achievable, motivating goals, and manage your team to ensure deadlines
    are met.
  • You will work closely with other department leaders (AI, Hardware, Chemistry, and
    Business & Marketing) to determine infrastructure requirements and analyze future
    growth capacity.
  • You will work with your team to brainstorm and collaborate around the design and
    delivery of high-quality solutions, and enable team members to innovate rapidly in environments that are representative of production.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • You have 7+ years’ experience in leading software engineering teams at SaaS/PaaS companies.
  • You (ideally) have a M.Sc. or Ph.D. in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field.
  • You have extensive experience with infrastructure technologies, Agile methodologies, architecture transformation (SoA), and a deep understanding of how to build and ship SaaS/PaaS solutions.
  • You have solved significant infrastructure scaling, reliability, and security challenges in your previous position(s).
  • You have previously delivered services in public cloud infrastructure (AWS, Google Cloud, etc.).
  • You thoroughly understand the security considerations of cloud infrastructure and have experience with relevant authentication protocols (Kerberos, OAuth).
  • You are comfortable working in Python with open-source development frameworks (Twisted, Tornado), and are comfortable working with Linux (Ubuntu).
  • You have experience with NoSQL databases (Cassandra, MongoDB), relational databases (SQL), and defining and scaling database schemas.
  • You have experience with message broker (RabbitMQ) and caching software (Redis).
  • You are familiar with machine learning concepts and frameworks (scikit-learn,
  • You are familiar with container technologies (Docker, Kubernetes).
  • You are experienced at recruiting and retaining highly skilled engineers and
  • You are pragmatic, hands-on, and the type of leader who can shift from one role to
    another as your team grows.
  • You excel in a fast-paced, informal environment where constant change is the norm
    and the bar for quality is set high.
  • You have a personal passion for taking on challenges, a strong work ethic, a
    collaborative style, and a positive outlook.

About Stratuscent:

Stratuscent is a vertical AI startup from Montreal that is building a chemical sensing platform which seamlessly integrates the power of novel AI algorithms, material innovations and robust additive manufacturing technologies. Stratuscent’s AI driven chemical sensor can identify and quantify the ubiquitous mix of chemicals that make up our environment.

Please send your resume and cover letter to info@stratuscent.com


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