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Selected Auburn Tech Transfer Success Stories

HaloPure BR® Water Disinfection

It is estimated that over one billion people do not have access to clean drinking water, with an estimated two million people dying from waterborne diseases every year.  A low-cost, effective system for point-of-use water disinfection could dramatically change this public health problem.

Halosource, Inc., is providing such a solution in the form of Halopure BR®.  Based on n-halamine technology invented by Dr. Dave Worley of Chemistry, cartridges are being sold in India, China and Brazil that can expand the availability of safe drinking water in these developing countries.  In March, 2009, Halosource received its first EPA registration for Halopure BR®.

CytoViva™ Ultra Resolution Imaging™

A light microscope adaptor using technology invented by Dr. Vitaly Vodyanoy of the College of Veterinary Medicine provides far higher resolution than current top-of-the-line research microscopes. The new technology enables researchers to observe living cells in extremely fine detail without the time consuming or invasive sample processing steps which are typical of current high-technology microscopes. Additional benefits include enhanced fluorescence capabilities and utility in the nanotechnology and materials industries.

Introduced to the market in December 2004 by Aetos Technologies, the first microscope, the CytoViva 150™, features resolution below 150 nm and is being actively sold into numerous markets.  CytoViva was won several major national awards: R&D Magazine's top 100 most technologically significant products introduced in 2006 AND 2007 and the Nano 50 Award by NASA Tech Briefs, which recognizes the most exceptional new products in the nanotechnology field.  In November of 2006, Aetos launched CytoViva, Inc. as a separate subsidiary company.
CytoViva Website

FoodSource Lures

Working with outside inventors, researchers in Auburn's College of Human Sciences and College of Agriculture jointly created and developed the world's only molded fishing lures made entirely of edible ingredients.  Easily biodegradable, they have become the only manufactured lures to be designated as "natural bait" by fish and wildlife agencies. Brought to market by FoodSource Lures Corporation, these lures are available at many fine retailers of fishing items.  In 2006, the FoodSource Minnow was named one of Field & Stream's Top 50 fishing lures of all-time.  Also in 2006, the technology behind FoodSource Lures was one of two Auburn technologies (along with AU MEDS™) listed in the Better World Project field report.  In 2008, FoodSource received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a bait to deliver an oral Lyme disease vaccine to wildlife
reservoirs of the disease.

Animal Feed Test Kits

Most countries have agreed that eliminating the previously common practice of adding ruminant (e.g., cattle, sheep) by-product meal to cattle feed is the most important firewall in preventing the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or mad cow disease). The FDA banned this practice in 1997.

Using antibodies invented by Dr. Peggy Hseih, formerly of the College of Human Sciences, kits are now commercially available that can detect the presence of ruminant tissues in rendered meat and bone meals and animal feeds. Two complimentary kit types are available from two different companies: Neogen Corporation's field-ready Reveal™ test strips and ELISA Technologies' 96-sample MELISA-TEK™ assays for more rigorous laboratory testing.

Macro Mania

Dr. Bill Deutsch, research fellow in the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures and Director of the Alabama Water Watch Program, developed BIO-ASSESS©, an advanced card game used to train AWW volunteers in identifying aquatic bugs and their ecologies and using that information to assess water quality.  A scaled down version was introduced to the market as Macro Mania by the LaMotte Company in early 2004.  Through the game and accompanying lecture material, students learn about the influence of land use on water quality and the practice of macroinvertebrate sampling to measure water quality.