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In its first-ever licensing agreement, West Texas A&M bringing anti-bacterial technology to market


By David Schwartz
Published: February 4th, 2015

West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) and the Aggie Venture Fund (AVF) have signed an exclusive licensing agreement to commercialize a novel alloy that eliminates bacteria and microbial organisms upon contact. The agreement marks the first time that research from WTAMU has entered the path to the marketplace.

Developed by mechanical engineering professor Dr. Emily Hunt, the Antimicrobial Nano Alloy (ANA) is designed to combat and kill organisms before they can cause disease or corrosion. The technology can be applied across a range of industries including oil and gas, water treatment, healthcare, and food and beverage.

AVF will coordinate the commercialization of Hunt’s research, with a focus on using the technology as a cost-effective measure against infectious diseases and industrial corrosion that eliminates the need for cleaning solutions and chemicals.

Dr. Angela Spaulding, vice president for research and compliance at WTAMU, comments, “This is an extraordinary collaboration between WTAMU, Dr. Hunt and AVF that produces a valuable and timely research-driven commercialization product, while also providing research and student support funding for Dr. Hunt’s Energetic Materials laboratory.” The Texas A&M University System has secured a patent for Hunt’s ANA research, and an application for international patent protection is in the process.

Source: West Texas A&M University

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