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UMass Boston Researcher, Partner Develop Non-Invasive Technique for Lead Testing in Humans
Date:9/24/2009

New Venture Development Center Fosters Breakthrough by Startups

Boston (Vocus) September 24, 2009 -- The University of Massachusetts Boston's recently opened Venture Development Center (VDC) is facilitating the development of a new, non-invasive, green method to test lead levels in humans. The test, which has completed an initial, highly successful round of clinical trials, is particularly good news for young children and their parents because it does not rely on puncturing the skin and drawing blood. Instead, a medical professional simply swabs the patient's gums, with no pain, and little to no risk of infection.

The testing process was developed by UMass Boston professor Robyn Hannigan, who launched her startup company, GeoMed Analytical, in the VDC as the new research and development center opened this spring. Dr. Hannigan is partnering with a second startup, OFT Labs, a Marlton, New Jersey, company which is moving its research and development operations to UMass Boston's VDC this month to complete clinical trials for the new oral testing technique and prepare it for commercial use.

"This is a great early success on a couple of levels for UMass Boston's innovations incubator," said William Brah, executive director of the VDC. "On the one hand, you have a UMass Boston professor extending her research for commercial application, employing UMass Boston students who will gain invaluable experience, and attracting another, partner startup to our campus. On the other, for kids and parents alike, this innovation will eliminate a lot of crying, distress, and bad associations around lead testing."

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