Harvard spins off ‘fingerprint’ firm | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 94 Issue 33 | p. 15 | Concentrates
Issue Date: August 22, 2016 | Web Date: August 21, 2016

Harvard spins off ‘fingerprint’ firm

Department: Business
Keywords: start-ups, nanostructured materials, start-ups, sensors
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Aizenberg demonstrates the W-Ink technology.
Credit: Eliza Grinnell/Harvard Paulson School
A photo of Aizenberg demonstrating the W-INK technology.
 
Aizenberg demonstrates the W-Ink technology.
Credit: Eliza Grinnell/Harvard Paulson School

A company called Validere has been formed on the basis of sensing technology developed in the Harvard University labs of chemistry professor Joanna Aizenberg. Called W-Ink, the technology exploits the chemical and optical properties of nanostructured materials to distinguish liquids by their surface tension. Devices based on the technology could be used to quickly “fingerprint” spilled chemicals or verify gasoline grades, the firm says. Validere has raised seed funding and entered licensing agreements with Harvard.

 
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