This university/corporate partnership is located at the university’s Nano Institute, which is overseen by co-director Dr.Hamid Ghandehari. (Aqua-Yield)
(AGPRO) Five years after introducing its crop fertility products with nanotechnology, Aqua-Yield is eyeing further product development while expanding its footprint.
“Today, 75% of our revenue comes from our ag products, and the balance is from the turf business,” says Aqua-Yield Clark Bell. “We currently have 30 distributors in the U.S, but we are looking to double that be the end of 2019.”
Bells says this includes expanding beyond its farmer network of distributors to include traditional ag retail and dealers, with that coming on-board in the first or second quarters of 2019.
Another development for the company is forming a first of its kind collaboration between the company and University of Utah’s Center for Technology & Venture Commercialization. This university/corporate partnership is located at the university’s Nano Institute, which is overseen by co-director Dr.Hamid Ghandehari.
Aqua-Yield Chief Science Officer Landon Bunderson will lead the company’s efforts to “building”/inventing nano-particles that will specifically focus on agriculture and combine these new findings with the “nanogronomy” advancements already instituted and in practice at Aqua-Yield.
“Nano isn’t the cure-all, but it does help a plant express its full genetic potential,” Bell says. “And we’ve made great waves with corn, soy, potatoes, wheat and cotton.”
The company also recently reported trials with Utah State University in alfalfa. The trials were performed over the growing season (three cuttings) of 2018, Aqua-Yield liquid fertilizer enhancer, NanoStress, was added to the traditional dry fertilizer protocol. Tons per acre increased as well as relative feed value. The trial showed increased per acre returns on overall product investment by more than $107.
Bell also says the company is looking to expand beyond fertilizer products and is pursuing partners for a pesticide product in the next 18 to 24 months.
While the company has product in 47 U.S. state, it’s also expanded internationally.
“For example, our export partners have realized the benefit of nanotechnology. What previously was a 2 container shipment of fertilizer is now condensed to only 2 pallets,” Bell says.
To view full article: Exclusive: Aqua-Yield Joins Nano Institute; Eyes Product Expansion
8/31/2018 Liquid to Solid Intravascular Embolic
Embolization is a minimally invasive therapy that provides stable and localized occlusion of arterial blood flow (transarterial embolization, TAE) with applications in rapidly growing markets of interventional radiology and cancer treatment. However, transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) treatments have severe shortcomings due to chemotherapeutic toxicity, off-target embolization, and non-degradability.
University of Utah researchers have developed an innovative biopolymer, composed of silk-like elastin proteins that overcomes the above shortcomings by combining the best properties of both liquid and solid embolics for TACE. The SELP embolic polymer is liquid at room temperature permitting localized delivery through smaller diameter catheters that transitions in vivo to a solid providing stable occlusion. This liquid to solid embolic enables pinpoint embolization of tumor-feeding arteries and can also be used to deliver therapeutics.
03/14/2018 Surprising Discovery Provides Insights into Aggressive Endometrial Cancers
One of the Nano Institute's notable researchers, Margit Janat-Amsbury, MD, PhD, was mentioned for her contribution to a surprising discovery about two receptors found in the endometrium, also known as the interior lining of the uterus. They found that these two receptors, estrogen and glucocorticoid, work together to promote more aggressive endometrial cancers, a behavior that is contradictory to their effect on the normal growth of the uterine lining. Endometrial cancer is one of the few cancers on the rise, and there has been an observed shift towards younger patients being diagnosed with the disease. Estrogen has been researched extensively in the past, but there seems to be communication between estrogen and glucocorticoids that is new and surprising. You can read more about this incredible discovery here.
News Video: Researchers at Huntsman discover driving force of aggressive endometrial cancer
Karen Faulds’ group at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, have developed a new method that uses surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) to quickly identify which meningitis causing bacteria is responsible f for an infection. Combining the SERS technique with chemometrics means the amount of bacteria in a sample can be measured whilst simultaneously identifying the bacteria. This would be particularly useful where co-infection of multiple species is common. Identifying the dominant pathogen present would allow targeted treatment.Marc Porter, USTAR Professor, whose group at the University of Utah uses SERS to examine biomarkers, says the ability to identify and concurrently quantify three common meningitis bacterial pathogens is impressive. According to Dr. Porter, ‘The work takes an important step in moving SERS and nanoparticle-based signalling much closer to meeting a critical need in pathogen detection’.
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Tenth nanoUtah conference draws researchers, industry and students
Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) support continues to move Utah nanotechnology efforts forward
The University of Utah’s 10th Nanotechnology Conference and Exhibition, nanoUtah 2013, held October 18 and organized jointly by the Nano Institute of Utah and the College of Engineering to demonstrate and showcase advancements in nanotechnology, attracted almost 200 scientists, engineers, students and members of the nanotechnology industry from across the state. Attendees heard 25 research presentations in either “Materials and Characterization,” “Devices and Sensors,” Energy and Environment,” or “Nanomedicine.” Graduate students from around the state presented seventy-four posters while members of the nanotechnology industry exhibited their technologies and services.
Community Voices - August 1, 2013, kpcw Radio ByLynn Ware PeekHosts Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells talk to Professor Marc Porter about the huge impact nanoscience and nanotechnology has when scientists, engineers and clinics work across disciplines to answers ranging from theoretical physics to medicine. They follow that with an interview about the limiting of using brain scan to 'brainwash' or influence humans with Dr Scott Lilienfeld, co-author of Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience. Listen
Spring 2012 Seminars
The Nano Institute is pleased to partner with the Department of chemistry and Department of Bioengineering to present three seminars for the spring 2012 semester.
NSF IGERT/NTP Training Program Joint Annual Retreat
The Joint Annual Retreat for the National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program on Nanobiosensors, Nanomaterials and Microfuidics and the Nanotechnology Training Program of the University of Utah recently concluded.
Hamid Ghandehari, Ph.D. Elected to Fellowship Status in AAPS
On October 23, 2011 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists formally recognized new Fellows at the 2011 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, DC.
U Student Wins Top Award at Notre Dame
Ryan Robinson, Bioengineering Undergraduate Student and Senior working in Dr. Hamid Ghandehari’s lab, has recently won the first place award at the University of Notre Dame’s national nanotechnology competition.
Fall 2011 Seminars
The Nano Institute was proud to partner with the Departments of Bioengineering and Pharmaceutical Chemistry to host seminar speakers for the Fall 2011 Semester.
Nano Institute & nanoUtah on TV
In conjunction with a story about nanoUtah 2010, reporters from KSL Channel 5 interviewed Graduate Student Adam Gormley and USTAR Professor Hamid Ghandehari regarding research with gold nanorods and collaboration with Huntsman Cancer Institute.
NanoDays 2011 was held Saturday, June 18th, from 12-4 PM at the Main Salt Lake City Library. Demonstrations were for kids and adults alike and included memory wire, sand that can't get wet, and lasers that control nanoparticles.
Dr. Mihail Roco, NSF, Speaks at nanoUtah 09
Participants at nanoUtah 2009 were very fortunate to be addressed by keynote speaker, Dr. Mihail C. Roco. Dr. Roco is the Senior Advisor for Nanotechnology at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a key architect of the National Nanotechnology Initiative. More...
How Size Matters in Catalysts
Studies in chemistry at the University of Utah have demonstrated how smaller particle sizes of catalysts can make them more efficient and less costly.
NanoDays is presented by the Nano Institute of Utah, the Utah Natural History Museum and the Leonardo, in partnership with the Salt lake City Main Library.
NanoSight Seminar, December 8, 2009
NanoSight: Single Nanoparticle Visualization and Sizing Technique for Multi-Parameter Analysis.
2009-04-29 The novel properties, minute size, large surface area-to-volume ratio, and ability to be uptaken by bioentities all make nanoparticles of immense interest in our group.
Nanosilver Mutates Fish Embryos
Darin Furgeson studies the environmental impact of nanotechnological byproducts.
Water Quality in Orbit: U Tests H20 Disinfection on Space Station
Space is not a fun place to get a stomach bug. To ensure drinking water is adequately disinfected, University of Utah chemists developed a two-minute water quality monitoring method that just started six months of tests aboard the International Space Station.