NEA’s patented Nano-technology will be used in effort to create new hand-held analyzer system to detect a range of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), including toxic and deadly materials in food and plants.
Riverside, California – Nano Engineered Applications, Inc. (NEA), an Innovation Economy® Venture, signed this month a multi-year, multi-phased product development and distribution agreement to develop products and a testing platform capable of detecting specific volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released by plants when heated to specific temperatures.
Applications for this new Nano-sensor include detection of deadly pathogens including toxic pesticides, like Permethrin, in the global food supply chain. In addition, the Nano-sensor will have relevance to industries seeking to measure potency or quality of specific compounds in plants.
NEA’s technology was licensed by NEA and was developed, prior to the license, with the support of the National Institutes of Health and the University of California, Riverside. NEA now is developing a range products and applications for a diverse set of industries. This new collaboration will be the first time the NEA sensor will be customized for food safety and potency measurements.
“This collaboration will, when successful, usher in a new era of transparency and efficiency for measuring the level of pesticides and other chemicals in plants we use for food and medicine,” said Stephen F. Abbott, President of NEA. “Our work will also make the technology available to a broad number of applications that are important for a range of new and existing industries globally.”
The agreement between NEA and its collaborator, currently under confidentiality agreement, is comprised of two phases: first, establishing efficacy of NEA’s sensors with these VOCs; and second, should phase one be successful, the development of hand-held products to detect VOCs.
The development effort is currently underway and remains confidential. NEA will issue information about the resulting products and technology – and their anticipated uses – if the initial scientific development is successful.