NanoDynamics Awarded Phase II NIEHS Grant for Nerve Agent Detection Technology
ND Life Sciences Gains Funding and Taps Detection Product Expertise of ICx–Agentase
BUFFALO, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NanoDynamics, Inc., a diversified nanotechnology and manufacturing company, today announced that its subsidiary ND Life Sciences received a $738,653 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II Award from the National Institutes of Environmental Health Services (NIEHS). Based in the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, ND Life Sciences is specifically focused on developing nanomaterials and nano-enabled technologies for applications in biotechnology and health. Joining forces with chemical detection specialists ICx-Agentase, ND Life Sciences will use the SBIR funding to speed development of a nano-enabled biocatalytic air monitor capable of detecting hazardous nerve agents at extremely low concentrations in air.
“Neurotoxin detection is a critical capability given the global threats that our soldiers and citizens face”
“This award enables us to leverage both NanoDynamics’ expertise in nano-enabled products with ICs-Agentase’s ability to deliver chemical detection products to market,” said Keith Blakely, CEO of NanoDynamics. “The funding marks a significant milestone for our growing life sciences business and a critical contribution to next-generation technologies for ensuring public safety.”
The detection of neurotoxins at low concentrations has become increasingly important for soldiers in combat as well as civilians living in areas with stockpiles of aging weapons. The SBIR grant is intended to address that need through the development of a compact, reliable and economical monitoring unit that can detect a range of nerve agents at concentrations below parts per billion. Led by principal investigator and ND Life Sciences chief researcher Dr. Sang Beom Lee, the project unites the efforts of ND Life Sciences, ICx-Agentase and chemical engineering expert Dr. Roshan Jachuck from New York’s Clarkson University.
“Neurotoxin detection is a critical capability given the global threats that our soldiers and citizens face,” said Keith LeJeune, CEO of ICx-Agentase. “In working with NanoDynamics we look forward to providing the necessary tools to better protect military personnel and civilians.”
NanoDynamics is actively developing a number of commercial products for military use, including the first portable solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system on the market. The Revolution 50(tm) has been demonstrated to operate reliably over extended periods of time using conventional fuels including propane, diesel, ethanol, and JP-8 – the Army’s logistical fuel. Additionally, NanoDynamics has developed transparent IR windows using nanocrystalline yttria for missile applications, and a plasma spraying technique to synthesize proprietary ceramics for use in the production of lightweight, durable combat armor.
NanoDynamics is a diversified technology and manufacturing company utilizing nanoscale engineering to address some of the world’s biggest challenges. With nanotechnology solutions ranging from energy, water processing, and personal and national security to medicine, electronics, advanced materials and consumer products, NanoDynamics is committed to delivering the Power of NanotechnologyTM to the global marketplace. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.nanodynamics.com.
About ICx – Agentase
ICx- Agentase is a Pittsburgh, PA based technology company, focused on the development and implementation of biocatalysts in a diverse range of applications.
The company excels in applied enzymology and product development while producing inventive solutions and novel materials. ICx –Agentase manufacturers advanced products including innovations relevant for anti-chemical warfare/terrorism efforts and pesticide remediation designed for field and front-end use by intelligence agencies, soldiers, first responders and hospitals for emergency response and training.