Posted: April 23, 2008

Grant to Make Breath-Analysis Lasers With Nanotechnology Components

(Nanowerk News) Breath-analysis lasers made with nanotechnology components would make the technology smaller, simpler and more cost effective, said Patrick McCann, chief executive officer of Norman-based Ekips Technologies Inc.
Tuesday, Ekips won a $350,252, three-year nanotechnology applications award to do just that.
Ekips was one of eight Oklahoma companies or researchers awarded a total of $1.25 million in state funding to apply nanotechnology to their manufacturing processes.
The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology announced the winners of the Oklahoma Nanotechnology Applications Project, which is in its second year. The nanotechnology project was created by the Legislature and administered by OCAST.
Ekips has developed a laser-based breath analysis system that can detect and analyze diseases in both humans and animals. The company applied for the nanotechnology funding to use to develop an improved laser in collaboration with the University of Oklahoma, McCann said.
"What that means for the breath analysis product is that we would be able to reduce the size and cost of that product tremendously, said McCann, an OU engineering professor on whose groundbreaking research into laser technology was spun off into Ekips.
Pratyuma Kamat is listed as the principal investigator on the Ekips award.
Other award winners and the amounts won from the nanotechnology project were:
  • Imtec Dental Implants, Ardmore, $229,250 over three years; Mauricio Sanchez is principal investigator in a project to use nanotechnology to modify a dental implant system.
  • Nanolight Inc, Norman, $90,000 for two years; Shelly Elizondo is principal investigator of a project to use nanowires in an environmental sensing detector.
  • XetaComp Nanotechnology LLC, Lawton, $344,800 over two years. Charles Seeney is principal investigator in a project to expand XetaComp's line of nanotech-based dermal care products. XetaComp also won a $250,000 award in the first Nanotechnology Applications Project awards in 2007.
  • Charlesson LLC, $204,280 for two years; Ronald Wassel is principal investigator in a project to establish a chemical formulation to package small molecule drugs for use in ophthalmic and neurological treatments.
  • Allen Apblett, Oklahoma State University, $83,338 for two years to study use of nanometric inks for detection of explosives.
  • A. Kaan Kalkan, Oklahoma State University, $46,914 for two years to develop an engineered nanomaterial capable of detecting trace amounts of explosives.
  • Jeanmarie Verchot-Lubicz, Oklahoma State University, $81,166 for two years to develop a nanoparticle that can be used to provide targeted delivery of biologically active molecules.
  • "We are well on our way in establishing Oklahoma as a leader in nanotechnology, said Michael Carolina, OCAST executive director. "This emerging field is a fundamental technology and the third great mega trend that will have a profound impact on all aspects of life.
    Source: (Jim Stafford)
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