Advance Nanotech, Inc., a leader
in next generation chemical detection, announced today that it has been
issued with a patent award by the United States Patent and Trademark
Office for its 3-D miniature pre-concentrator and inlet sample heater
application which was originally filed September 20, 2005.
Pre-concentrators are used to collect molecules that are present in low
concentrations. Accordingly, pre-concentrators increase the sensitivity
of our products and, in particular, are useful in aiding the detection
of trace compounds such as drugs, explosives, and other toxic agents.
This patent represents significant technical advances in the
miniaturization of the pre- concentrator.
Advance Nanotech subsidiary, Owlstone is pleased to
acknowledge that this is the first patent to be issued from its
intellectual property portfolio. Over the past two years, Owlstone has
filed 18 additional patent applications specifically related to its
chemical detection IP.
This particular patent was co-invented by Billy Boyle, David
Ruiz-Alonso, Andrew Koehl, Martyn Rush, Russell Parris and Ashley
Wilks. Commenting on the patent, Andrew Koehl said, "We are delighted
that the novelty of our invention has been acknowledged in this way. We
are further encouraged that every one of our claims was approved by the
U.S. Patent Office."
Owlstone has developed products that are based on a
patent-pending, proprietary technology. The products incorporate a
silicon chip that can rapidly detect a broad range of chemicals in the
ambient air. Applications in homeland security, defense, industrial
process control, environmental and healthcare for Owlstone's detection
systems are wide-ranging and immediate. Owlstone has successfully
completed its R&D and design-related work for its first
products and is now delivering products that meet real-time chemical
Owlstone launched two products during 2007. Most of the
R&D investment on the core technology has been completed.
Further product development is now focused on reducing the size and
increasing the portability of the next two planned product lines. The
Lonestar product is a fully integrated chemical sensor. The Lonestar is
capable of sampling and identifying chemicals in the ambient air and
has been designed for the industrial process control market.