It’s been a no good, very bad month for Samsung: The Korean electronics company has been forced to discontinue its hotly anticipated line of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after widespread battery failures caused the devices to catch fire.

Conversely, it’s been a very, very good month for Silatronix, the burgeoning Madison tech startup working to make a safer lithium ion battery.

“We’ve seen a dramatic increase in interest in what we’re doing,” said Robert Hamers, a University of Wisconsin-Madison chemical engineering professor, and a co-founder and chief technology officer of the company.

Hamers said that typically, lithium ion batteries fail for two reasons, and that it’s possible either scenario played a role in the Samsung debacle. Read the full story here.