Two Cornell startup companies -
In total, 18 grants for companies and educational institutions were awarded
The state's biodefense program - which grew out of the pandemic - was created to accelerate the development and commercialization of life science innovations that tackle infectious disease threats.
Halomine, an antimicrobial coating technology company that graduated in June from
Laboratory sample prep is labor intensive, slow and prone to error, said
The method provides a way to automate the handling of biological samples while maintaining precision, minimizing the use of manual pipettes and eliminate the need for more complex biochemical assays.
'What used to take hours in a laboratory, now can take minutes,' Tian said. 'We've greatly accelerated the step in removing human material, which is critical in biodefense applications such as the sequencing and identification of novel infectious agents.'
This fall, Inso Biosciences will use the state funding to begin their product's prototype development, as the company prepares to pursue and collaborate with potential partners in validation studies.
In addition to Tian, the Inso Biosciences co-founders are
Halomine's antimicrobial coating technology helps to maintain germ-free surfaces - such as stair rails, escalator handrails, food product conveyors and food preparation tables - by extending the life of chlorine-based disinfectants by days and weeks.
Normally, a chlorine disinfectant lasts up to 15 minutes, but the group's main product, HaloFilm, is a spray-on, nontoxic chlorine extender that leaves a protective film, according to
With the state grant, the company hopes to develop a new product, HaloAdd - an antimicrobial plastics additive - to create commercial food processing tools and medical devices such as catheters and ultrasound wands.
'Ideally, you want to make these plastic products embedded with antimicrobial properties,' Eveleth said, 'but there are limited ways to do that. We think we have found the way.'
Pending regulatory approval, the product HaloFilm is nearly ready for commercialization, but the new HaloAdd has been proven-in-concept in the laboratory and the company looks to optimize the research, according to Eveleth.
In addition to Eveleth, Halomine officials are co-founder
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