25 Sep Platypus receives $600K federal grant to develop environmental sensor
Madison, Wis. – Platypus Technologies, a life sciences nanotechnology company, has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research grant for $600,000 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
The funds will be used to develop a sensor, using the company’s liquid crystal-based technology, for the simultaneous detection of multiple air pollutants. According to Platypus, development of this sensor will enable the collection of exposure data that is “quantitative, temporal and spatial” and enable an assessment of the role of environmental toxins in human diseases.
Additional expertise for the project will be provided through collaboration with The Boeing Co.
Platypus Technologies, which develops analytical and life-science products based on the application of nanotechnologies, has thus far received $15.6 million in federal funding to develop tools for use in proteomics, cell-based studies, and environmental monitoring.
The company has 21 employees and is located in the Fitchburg Technology Campus, just outside of Madison.
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