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A UK SME has developed and is offering novel technology for detecting nano particles in the environment

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Reference Number: TOUK20181122001
Publication Date: 22 November 2018

Summary

A UK SME has developed a novel solution able to detect harmful nano particles within the environment. Areas of potential application include aircraft cabin air monitoring, personal care product development, anti-terrorism and prevention to consumers/workers who may be exposed to harmful substances. Potential partners/ investors are sought to introduce the technology into global markets via financial, joint ventures and licensing agreements

Description

Over the past 10 years there has been a large increase in the use of pharmaceutical products, nano or microscopic particles, toxins and polymers which raise the risk of potential exposure to harmful materials. Currently methods for monitoring environmental toxicity are complex and time consuming requiring the implementation of a combination of actions such as process, emission, ambient, exposure and biological monitoring. Any monitoring system is a high cost practice especially when increasing numbers of samples and variables to be assessed.This UK company has developed technology that can rapidly identify and measure on the spot a wide variety of bio membrane-active and putative toxic substances which damage or penetrate living cell membranes, potentially leading to absorption by the organism.  
By using a small credit card sized unit containing an artificial biological membrane sensor element, the solution can screen at an early stage substances for toxicity.This allows analysis of the compound toxicity by mimicking a real live bio membrane response. The technology has been validated against a range of known toxins to ensure reliability and it could potentially simplify and speedup the way environmental toxins are monitored thereby producing a clear cost reduction.
The potential applications could be aircraft cabin air monitoring systems, development of personal care products, safe and cost-effective minimisation of the exposure of workers and consumers.
The company is looking to partner with organisations that can support the market development and or interested in acquiring or licensing the technology and equity investors. These could be environmental service companies, environmental protection organisations, authorities and anti-terrorism authorities. companies need to be interested in acquiring or licensing the technology via a licensing agreement. Or potential equity investors via a financial agreement. The UK company would again expect information exchange leading to additional product development

Advantages and Innovations

This technology would be more cost effective. 

Monitoring levels of toxin exposure at present is very time consuming requiring a combination of actions resulting in a lengthy process. This UK company's monitoring and identification process is rapid and can give immediate results therefore minimising the exposure to harmful toxins.

Stage Of Development

Available for demonstration

Requested partner

The company is looking to partner with organisations that can support the market development in international markets such as environmental services companies, environmental protection organisations and authorities, anti terrorism authorities via a joint venture. The company would expect partners to provide information on performance of the technology to inform further development.
They could also be interested in companies wanting to acquire or license the technology via a licensing agreement. Or potential equity investors via a financial agreement.The UK company would again expect information exchange leading to additional product development. Partnerships considered would be via a Financial agreement, joint venture or a license agreement.

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