UES Inc., a Dayton-based Science and Technology firm and 2015 R&D100 Award Finalist, announced that their SilverHAWQ platform, developed with US Army Corps of Engineers partnership for E. coli detection, will now be extended to detect microcystins and other cyanotoxins released by hazardous blue green algal blooms in water.
Dr. Melanie Tomczak Presents SIlverHAWQ(R)
PR-Inside.com: 2015-09-10 18:18:44
UES’ SilverHAWQ® technology development team had the honor of presenting to a select group from the Ohio House of Representatives Agricultural and Rural Development Committee in Preble County, OH. UES Inc., a Dayton-based Science and Technology firm and 2015 R&D100 Award Finalist, announced that their SilverHAWQ platform, developed with US Army Corps of Engineers partnership for E. coli detection, will now be extended to detect microcystins and other cyanotoxins released by hazardous blue green algal blooms in water.
The committee, headed by Vice Chairman - Tony Burkley (Payne), included Reps. A. Nino Vitale (Urbana) and Kyle Koehler (Springfield). The event was hosted by Rep. Jeffrey Rezabek (Clayton) at Growing Acres Farm in Eldorado, OH.
Melanie Tomczak, Director of UES’ Biological and Nanoscale Technologies Division. presented the technology along with Liemin Au, Research Scientist and Veeraraghavan Sundar, Manager, Emerging Products. “Our home state of Ohio has been wrestling with the problem of algal booms for years. SilverHAWQ will be an Ohio-based solution to an Ohio problem. We are grateful to the Ag and Rural Development Committee for their work in this area, and ther advice”, said Dr. Tomczak. “As a configurable, sensitive and selective sensor for biological agents and toxins, we expect that SilverHAWQ technology will be useful in alerting for algae issues that challenge many Ohio communities”, added Dr. Au. The technology was commended at the hearing for its portability, and desirability as an early warning system for Ohio communities facing these challenges.
Current methods involve lengthy processes of lab-based sampling, testing and reporting for decision making, according to Dr. Sundar. “We have the biosensing showing much promise at the lab scale, and welcome active partnerships to bring this technology to market. With the recent appointment of Ohio EPA’s deputy director for water resources, we anticipate an increased focus in Ohio on clean water technologies”, he adds.
About UES Inc:
Founded in 1973, UES, Inc. is an innovative science and technology company that provides its government and industry customers with superior research and development expertise and world-class support. We take great pride in developing products and services from our technologies for commercialization and transition. Please contact us at Ph: (US) 937 427 6900, Fax (US) 937 429 5413; UES Inc., 4401 Dayton Xenia Rd., Dayton, OH 45432-1894; www.ues.com
4401 Dayton Xenia Rd., Dayton, OH 45432-1894
Manager, Emerging Products
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