Navigation Links
Selenium, Ltd. Awarded $500,000 SBIR Grant for Biofouling Prevention Technology

Austin, Texas (PRWEB) April 02, 2013

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to biopharmaceutical company Selenium, Ltd. to advance the company’s effort to develop a market ready, antimicrobial spacer to be used in reverse osmosis (RO) membrane modules in water filtration systems. Selenium’s organo-selenium compounds have been successfully incorporated directly into RO spacers creating a market disrupting, low cost, “green” antimicrobial solution.

As water demands increase and potable water source availability decreases, industry is actively seeking more cost effective solutions for seawater and wastewater reclamation. Currently, much of the energy, chemical and labor costs associated with water filtration are required to address biofilm formation. The current US$6.9 billion desalination market size is estimated to double by 2016 and given the projected demand and scarcity of water, the market size could be propelled to US$25 billion by 2025 (Voutchkov, 2012). Primary elements of RO desalination costs are capital and annual operation/maintenance expenditures, which include biofilm cleaning and membrane replacement.

“Over time, bacteria build up in membrane modules which can inhibit filtration performance,” said Kris Looney, President of Selenium, Ltd. “Results from our Phase I SBIR Grant report show Selenium’s membrane module spacers substantially reduced biofilm mass and thickness, reduced micro-pollutants and showed an 85% improvement in water throughput over the control. These improvements increase energy efficiency and extend the life and functionality of the membrane. Our Phase II project will develop an organo-selenium enabled commercial spacer for independent testing by industry partners.”

“The NSF’s SBIR program is focused on identifying companies with innovative technology and talented teams capable of bringing products and technologies to commercialization that could have a significant societal impact,” said Mr. Thomas Harlan, CEO of Selenium. “Prevention of biofouling on membranes will advance the state-of-the water reclamation industry and provide an economical and safe solution for delivering more clean water to more people. We recognize that the NSF has a highly selective due diligence process and we are honored to be chosen as a recipient of this award and to continue this important work."

Phase II studies will be carried out in collaboration with Dr. Audra Morse of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Texas Tech University School of Engineering and Dr. Ted Reid, Selenium, Ltd. Co-Chief Scientist and Professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

About Selenium, Ltd.

Selenium, Ltd. ( is a biopharmaceutical company specializing in the prevention of bacterial biofilm formation using molecular coatings of redox active selenium for industrial and medical applications. Seldox™ is made using technology developed by Dr. Ted Reid and Dr. Julian Spallholz, Co-Chief Scientists of Selenium and professors within the Texas Tech University System. Selenium Ltd.’s proprietary chemistry is a “green technology” that inhibits microbial growth on surfaces through a natural, safe catalytic reaction that does not leach chemicals or toxins into the surrounding environment.

Selenium, Ltd. is managed by innovation solutions company, Emergent Technologies, Inc. (

Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related biology technology :

1. BioPharm Insight Journalist Awarded Fellowship by Association of Health Care Journalists
2. Cellular Dynamics and Coriell Institute for Medical Research Awarded Multi-Million Dollar Grants from California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to Manufacture and Bank Stem Cell Lines
3. Boston Heart Diagnostics Awarded $450,000 in Tax Incentives from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
4. S&D Marketing Advertising Awarded WBENC Certification
5. Island Abbey Foods Ltd CEO John Rowe Has Been Awarded the 2013 Food Industry Leadership Award by Food in Canada Magazine
6. Infinata's BioPharm Insight Journalist Awarded Fellowship by Association of Health Care Journalists
7. Fidelis Companies Certifies 14 Recruiters; Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and Certified Temporary-Staffing Specialist (CTS) Designation from NAPS Awarded
8. Boyd Coatings Awarded Workforce Training Grant
9. PNNL awarded $2.8 million to keep troops cool while using less fuel
10. University of Minnesota awarded $28 million grant to lead microelectronics development
11. Trudeau Institute Awarded Grant to Investigate a New Approach to Treating Illnesses Caused by Weaponized and Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... software integration with MarkLogic, the Enterprise NoSQL database platform provider, creating a ... change. , Smartlogic’s Content Intelligence capabilities provide a robust set of semantic ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... that includes over 2,000 technical presentations offered in symposia, oral sessions, workshops, ... applied spectroscopy, covers a wide range of applications such as, but not limited ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... 26, 2015 --> ... 2016 - 2020 report analyzes that automating biobanking ... quality in long-term samples, minimizing manual errors, improving ... minimizes manual errors such as mislabeling or inaccurate ... it plays a vital role in blood fractionation, ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... HOLLISTON, Mass. , Nov. 25, 2015 ... HART ), a biotechnology company developing bioengineered organ implants ... McGorry will present at the LD Micro "Main ... 2:30 p.m. PT. The presentation will be webcast live ... Management will also be available at the conference for ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:11/2/2015)... , Nov. 2, 2015  SRI International has ... to provide preclinical development services to the National Cancer ... SRI will provide scientific expertise, modern testing and support ... of preclinical pharmacology and toxicology studies to evaluate potential ... --> The PREVENT Cancer Drug Development Program is ...
(Date:10/29/2015)... Daon, a global leader in mobile biometric ... new version of its IdentityX Platform , IdentityX ... have already installed IdentityX v4.0 and are ... FIDO UAF certified server component as an option ... features. These customers include some of the largest and ...
(Date:10/29/2015)... 2015 NXTD ) ("NXT-ID" ... on the growing mobile commerce market and creator ... a leading marketplace to discover and buy innovative ... wallet on StackSocial for this holiday season.   ... "Company"), a biometric authentication company focused on the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):