Selected Auburn Tech Transfer Success Stories
HaloPure BR® Water
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
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.
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.
Dr. Bill Deutsch,
research fellow in the
Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures and Director of the
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.