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Private Collaborators

Company collaborators are companies that are grant recipients, have sold products resulting from program research projects or have otherwise been directly involved in program projects.

Bacterin International, Inc. intends to improve upon the standard of care for repairing skeletal defects by developing the next generation of bone graft substitutes.  The bio-composite allografts are anticipated to have enhanced regenerative capacity compared to currently available therapies and allow for faster and more complete bone healing.

Bacterin International, Inc. undertook this project to advance the field of regenerative medicine by developing an acellular nerve allograft for the repair and reconstruction of damaged nerves.  The resulting product addressed the long-standing clinical challenge of peripheral nerve damage and provide life-enhancing care for wounded military personnel and injured civilians. 

All American Pharmaceutical will use MBRCT funding to determine the antilipidemic and anti-adipodicity impact of PTBP in a proof-of-concept clinical study.  The study will evaluate the likelihood that a proven antilipidemic and anti-adipose product will be used by the consumer for an extended period and will support the hypothesis that this product could lower cholesterol and promote weight loss. 

MBRCT funding was used by All American Pharmaceutical to examine the impact of a novel, proprietary homopolysaccharide mixture on glucose response in normal, and pre-diabetic, adults during aerobic activity.

All American Pharmaceutical, Inc. identified the biochemical functionality of a new lypolytic compound for use in lowering cholesterol levels in humans.  Commercialization of this product will occur as an over-the-counter supplement.

Native Seedsters, Inc. analyzed the morphological and physiological characteristics of native perennial wildflowers and how these characteristics affect seed harvestability in particular by the Arbuckle Native Seedster.

All American Pharmaceutical conducted clinical trials of a natural lypolytic compound that has the potential to lower cholesterol and tryglyceride levels. The focus of the research was to determine the mechanism of antilipidemic action and confirm the compound's efficacy in human studies.

Coal Black Liquids LLC collaborated with Montana State University to test the effectiveness of patented technology on Montana crops and contaminated water.  The project results suggest an alternative commercial plant using humic rich Montana coal sources has potential for commercial development.

Floating Island International (Shepherd) collaborated with The Center for Biofilm Engineering at Montana State University in research on the dynamics of microbial communities occurring in engineered floating islands used for water treatment.

All American Pharmaceutical conducted clinical field trials on a new anti-inflammatory, Kre-Celazine, designed to avoid the side effects of the most common anti-inflammatories and to better address chronic inflammation.

Deaconess Billings Clinic Research Centerinvestigated the potential of using fiber from sugar beets to reduce cholesterol and slow the uptake of carbohydrates in the body. Positive results may impact the management of persons with high levels of cholesterol or diabetes.

The Arbuckle Ranch Inc., in collaboration with Montana State University, developed a specialized harvester for difficult-to-harvest seed. The research facilitated the ability to maximize Seedster operational parameters for optimal harvests of grass varieties and resulted in a spin-off company, Native Seedsters, Inc., which is continuing research on native grass seed morphology to guide the development of core technologies of the seedster.

A partnership between Resonon, Inc., Impulse Accelerated Technologies, Inc. and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Montana State University will accelerate development of a proposed FPGA computational framework for Resonon's hyperspectral imagers.  Application areas include real-time food sorting and cost-effective, high-resolution monitoring of vegetation.

Advanced Microcavity Sensors LLC and Montana State University Spectrum Lab aim to demonstrate the feasibility of a new highly configurable, high performance-cost ratio, light weight, compact and integrated hyperspectral imaging system.  Applications for a spectral imaging system include biomedical imaging, studying geological samples in mining, and crop monitoring.

Microbion Corporation, a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company, is developing innovative bismuth thiol (BT) drug products for the treatment of antibiotic-resistant infections and control of microbial biofilms.  This project funds a safety study required by FDA as part of the company's Phase 2 clinical development program.

Bridger Photonics, Inc. is a small Bozeman-based company specializing in lasers and optics.  Bridger has an opportunity to bring its MEMS-based deformable mirror technology to market through an interaction with Carl Zeiss, a multi-billion dollar optics company.  Bridger is using the Montana Microfabrication Facility at MSU to refine the fabrication processes to meet Zeiss' demands.  The project has spun off the MEMS mirror technology into a dedicated company..

Montana Molecular is undergoing a project to advance its award-winning drug discovery technologies to  market.  The goal of the project is to package and commercialize the first of a new generation of live cell assays for drug discovery. 

A joint project between Resonon, Inc. and Montana State University is evaluating the latest System-on-Chip (SoC) technology for use with Resonon's hyperspectral machine vision technology with the goal of large-scale commercialization potentially applied to the almond industry.

Montana State University-Spectrum Lab and AdvR are collaborating on an effort to improve the design of one of AdvR's commercial nonlinear products.  The main application is as a signal converter for S2 Corporation's spatial-spectral holographic RF/MMW signal processing systems.  AdvR is on track to establish itself as the leading USA designer and fabricator of waveguide and bulk "engineered nonlinear optical structures" with a broad customer base.

Researchers at Montana State University is working with industrial partner, Montana Emergent Technologies, Butte, to conduct research on enhancement of coal bed methane (SBM) production using a mixture of algal extracts and other nutrients.

A project to develop novel technology to determine the abundances and ratios of biologically important metabolites in live cells is based at Montana State University and relied heavily on the commercialization strengths of Resonon and Bacterin International.  Additional research will be conducted before the technology is commercially viable.  However, the project holds great promise for scientific application and commercial development.

The Spectrum Lab at Montana State University is advancing an innovative laser ranging technique called Compressive Laser Ranging (CLR).  The project relies on the commercialization strengths of private R&D establishments - Resonon in advanced optics and Bacterin in stem cell R&D.  Both of these companies have been increasingly successful in their commercial spaces and this project is an excellent fit for their technological strengths.

Bridger Photonics and Montana State University developed a novel mirror that is flexible and can be deformed into a curved shape to focus light simply by applying a voltage and without mechanical motion.  Bridger Photonics is using the technology to make a compact zoom lens with no moving parts for cell phone cameras.  The potential market for this technology is $1 billion per year.

S2 Corporation aims to commercialize its innovative approach to optical arbitrary waveform generation (OAWG) with a technique that is relatively simple and elegant in design and with the potential to exceed other competing approaches.  S2 Corporation and its development partner, Montana State University Physics Department, filed a joint provisional patent on the technique. 

Montana Molecular and Fluorescence Innovations joined forces on a project to validate an integrated drug discovery platform that combined high throughput instrumentation with genetically encoded fluorescence sensors in a cell-based format.  The platform enabled extremely fast and specific assays for drug activity, which meets the pharmaceutical industry's urgent demand for efficient cost-effective drug discovery.

ILX Lightwave Corporation and Montana State University partnered on research, development, and commercialization of technology for high-accuracy optical output power measurement of high-power laser diodes. Success of this project allowed ILX Lightwave to establish a significant competitive advantage in the market.

Rural Community Innovations, in cooperation with Montana State University researchers, proposed to develop a hybrid solar power system that simultaneously produces electricity and hot water.

CTW Energy collaborated with Montana State University to research optimization of lipid production for conversion to biodiesel in a prototype of the proprietary Modular-CTW Energy Algal Photobioreactor (M-CAP) system. The system has the potential to produce algal lipids for use in a stand-alone algae-to-biodiesel facility.

Resonon partnered with Montana State University and Idaho National Laboratory to develop a system for monitoring leakage from carbon dixoide sequestration sites and pipelines. Based on Resonon's airborne spectral imaging technology, the system has various applications, including monitoring plant response due to underground exposure to carbon dioxide.

The Spectrum Lab at Montana State University and industrial partner, Bridger Photonics, developed technology representing a revolutionary breakthrough in laser based ranging. The technology is applicable to lucrative high accuracy applications such as industrial length metrology and coherent optical spectral analysis.

The Montana Microfabrication Facility at Montana State University and Bridger Photonics Inc. collaborated on the improvement and commercialization of an electronic focus control device that has the potential to out-perform any existing technology available today.

The Center for Biofilm Engineering and the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, both at Montana State University, collaborated on the research and commercialization of the Comprehensive Biofilm Efficacy Test System (CBETS) by BioSurface Technologies Corporation.

S2 Corporation utilized interns at Montana State University to accomplish the research and development necessary to transition its' low vibration cryocooler technology to a mature prototype level, viable for commercialization.

The Center for Biofilm Engineering at Montana State University collaborated with Microbion Corporation to identify which of many compounds exhibit characteristics appropriate for formulation into a product that may be clinically tested and submitted to the FDA for approval in the context of chronic wounds in particular.  Microbion has completed Phase 1 human clinical studies for its therapeutic gel to treat acute wounds.

A collaboration between Montana State University Computer and Electrical Engineering Department and Advanced Acoustics Concepts leveraged that relationship in addressing the extreme need and benefit to the U.S. Navy and commercial applications in possessing an effective, low cost data link antenna beamforming system.

Montana Molecular, Montana State University and Invitrogen Corporation collaborated to build the next generation of molecular biosensors suitable for cell-based drug discovery.

The addition of Oxford ICP etching capability being advanced by the Montana Microfabrication Facility at Montana State University has played a critical role in expanding AdvR's technological innovation to include ridge waveguide development.

Fluorescence Innovations, Inc. developed an advanced screening technology to aid in the discovery of drugs against the kinase family of proteins. Specifically, this funding further supports NIH Phase I SBIR funding to develop a fluorescence lifetime-based kinase assay for high-throughput screening in drug discovery.

Research conducted through the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Montana State University took advantage of a working relationship with Bozeman-based Resonon to develop an unmanned aerial vehicle deployment of hyperspectral imaging spectrometers for noxious weed mapping and carbon sequestration site monitoring.

Researchers in the Department of Microbiology at Montana State University worked with Rasiris Inc., a Bozeman company, on a project to develop image-guided photodynamic therapy to sanitize breast cancer draining lymph nodes.

AdvR developed a high-power, fiber coupled, electro-optic amplitude modulator and took advantage of the services offered by the Montana Microfabrication Facility at Montana State University for this research.

A research project involving Fluorescence Innovations, Inc. and scientists at The University of Montana and Montana State University dealt with prion proteins which are implicated in various diseases including chronic wasting disease. This project further developed an instrument for academic use in looking at interactions between carbohydrate proteins and novel molecules.

The Montana State University Spectrum Lab explored a revolutionary means of digitizing broadband analog signals. The SSH material technology used in this research is Montana grown and developed in conjunction with Montana companies, Scientific Materials and S2 Corporation.

ILX Lightwave Corporation collaborated with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Montana State University to develop a high efficiency current source targeted toward applications in the industrial and medical high power laser diode market.

S2 Corporation's Spatial Spectral (S2) material-based Frequency Stable Laser (S2-FSL) technology emerged from several years of previously funded research and development in collaboration with Montana State University.  The technology takes good, commercial lasers and makes them better by locking them to tunable atomic transitions in the S2 crystals.

BioPred, LLC collaborated with the NIH Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience (CSFN) at the University of Montana. The expertise of BioPred in computational applications and CSFN in neurochemistry and molecular modeling provides an ideal arrangement to link research with commercialization opportunities. This resulted in a number of SBIR submissions.

The Center for Computational Biology at Montana State University partnered with Bridger Informatics, Inc. (a commercial database company headquartered in Bozeman) to help bring the Hierlogic software to market.

Montana State University worked with the Montana division of Advanced Acoustic Concepts Inc. (AAC), an industry leader that makes sensors and systems for government and commercial applications. The purpose of the project was to research and develop adaptive smart antennas for use in enabling reliable high-speed wireless communications in sparsely populated and remote regions.

Floating Island International, LLC, in Bozeman, designed and brought to market the BioHaven Wild Floating Island and collaborated with Shepherd Research Farm, Billings, Aquatic Design and Construction, Livingston, to demonstrate with quantitative data that the islands provide a highly effective, long-term, affordable alternative to existing competitive products. This information has established the islands in the water-treatment marketplace.

Montana State University partnered with AdvR Inc., Bozeman, and Resodyn, Inc., Butte, on a project to develop a novel acoustic-optic communication device.

AdvR Inc. and Scientific Materials Corporation have established relationships with the Spectrum Lab at Montana State University in the development of the S2 CHIP, a photonic device designed to serve as the foundation for new instruments and systems requiring intensive information processing capabilities. A previous MBRCT grant and matching funds funded continued S2 research and the preparation and filing of patent applications.

Resonon, Inc., Bozeman, and Zdye, Inc., Bozeman, collaborated with Montana State University to develop the foundation for commercialization of an innovative family of ultra-sensitive fluorescent detection dyes and a multiplex measurement system. Continuation projects funded by MBRCT will expand the capabilities of Zdye, Inc. to create a foundation for the development of a Montana presence in the new field of proteomic technology, including identification of candidate biomarkers for type 2 diabetes.

Montana State University collaborated with Scientific Materials Corporation to develop methods for obtaining advanced materials for optoelectronics and optical communication technologies using optical crystals such as lithium niobate and tantalate.

AdvR, Inc. worked closely with Montana State University to develop optical waveguide technology based on an electro-optical material called potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP). A continuation project will strive to produce lasers for commercial markets based on this core technology. Other collaborators include Wavelength Electronics, ILX Lightwave, Scientific Materials Corporation and Resonon, Inc., all of Bozeman.

A project to develop prototype computational software models to discover and accelerate commercialization of new pharmaceuticals was conducted by BioPred - Computational Bioactivity Prediction Company (formerly MedIntel) in collaboration with scientists at Rocky Mountain Laboratory, a NIH research facility in Hamilton.

Specialty BioPolymers Corporation, Bozeman, is a result of a project in collaboration with Montana State University to evaluate adhesives derived from polymers synthesized by bacteria as an alternative to synthetic chemical adhesives used by the wood products industry. The company is producing a product called Tough-Bond, an environmentally friendly wood and paper adhesive.

NanoValent, LLC and the NIH Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience (CSFN) at the University of Montana in Missoula collaborated on a project to advance the commercialization of research discoveries coming out of the CSFN. Potential products include therapeutic agents, vaccines and diagnostic kits.

MPA Technologies collaborated with Montana State University on two projects to develop a drug for two-photon photodynamic therapy agents for the noninvasive treatment of breast cancer and lung cancer.

HyPerspectives partnered with Yellowstone Ecological Research Center and Montana State University to develop a graphical user interface to manage the workflow process for creating fuel maps from hyperspectral and synthetic aperture radar data. This project employed high-resolution, remotely sensed data to create fire fuel maps that show the location and character of combustible materials in wildlands and at the urban/wildland interface.

Nervonix, Inc. utilized Montana expertise and resources, including Montana State University, StrategixID, Bozeman, and S&K Electronics, Ronan, to pursue commercialization of its nerve stimulation system for use in regional anesthesia procedures.

Resonon, Inc. partnered with Montana Tech and Stillwater Mining Company, Nye, to deploy Resonon's imaging spectrometer in an industrial setting. The system provides real-time ore grading and quantifies the current technique to distinguish between ore and waste rock.

LigoCyte Pharmaceuticals Inc. (acquired by Takeda Pharmaceutical in 2012) collaborated with Montana State University in the development of a technology to enhance the human response to vaccines.

MPA Technologies worked with Montana State University on further development of a proprietary new class of two-photon absorbing chromophores for application in a novel optical information storage device.

SensoPath Technologies, Inc. collaborated with Montana State University in the development and commercialization of a new type of biosensor for the field detection and identification of bioterror pathogenic agents.

LigoCyte Pharmaceuticals, Inc. collaborated with Montana State University on a project to develop new vaccines for scours and E. coli O157:H7. This project used state-of-the-art technology to further work on new vaccines for diseases such as these.

BioSurface Technologies Corporation collaborated with Montana State University to produce unique, Montana-made biofilm reactors. The CDC Biofilm Reactor and the Drip Flow Reactor have been introduced into the marketplace and are generating sales. Another project developed a Rapid Biofilm Analysis Test Kit.

Scientific Materials Corporation partnered with Montana State University in developing hole burning materials for a project designed to investigate a new spectral hole laser stabilization technology.

RF Electronics and AdvR Inc. collaborated with the Spectrum Lab at Montana State University to develop and commercialize a first-of-its-kind spectral-domain storage device.

Phillips Environmental Products, Inc. worked with Montana State University to utilize a novel fungus to kill dangerous germs like E. coli and cholera in its portable toilets and to expand its availability to recreation, agriculture and the military. The fungus was also tested in animal waste remediation applications.

Scientific Materials Corporation collaborated with Montana State University on a project involving the synthesis of new materials to protect sensors from hostile or inadvertent exposure to large amounts of laser irradiation at selected frequencies.

eProcess Technologies developed a new class of oil and gas stimulation fracture proppants with unique characteristics which will aid in the enhanced recovery of oil and gas.  The goal is to capture a portion of the $1.5 billion world market of proppant materials by building on Montana's engineering and materials infrastructure.

The Montana Aerospace Development Association (MADA) and its partner, SPG, Inc., developed and tested Ammonia as an alternative green fuel for electric power generation applications at the Butte AeroTech Facility.  Ammonia is believed to be an attractive alternative fuel for power generation due to its high hydrogen density and absence of carbon.  This project leveraged the existing test infrastructure at the Butte AeroTech Facility.

Montana Microbial Products (MMP) accomplished objectives, including conducting commercial scale trout feeding trials, to ultimately finance and construct a commercial barley protein concentrate (BPC)/ethanol facility. The focus of this project was on securing markets for BPC in farmed trout.

Resodyn Corporation conducted research to develop a field-portable instrument that can provide rapid, reliable detection and quantification of dangerous compounds. Such a device will provide testing and evaluation capabilities for the detection of chemicals and diseases in plants and animals in the field.

The Montana Aerospace Development Association (MADA), in cooperation with the Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA) and SPG, Inc., conducted research to develop a small scale Solid Fuel Ramjet (SFRJ) combuster. The project also provided an innovative quick turnaround system for testing the feasibility of missile scale mid to high dynamic pressure air breathing propulsion systems at the MADA facility.

Montana Tech and Gradient Geophysics, Missoula, have developed a new methodology to explore for geothermal resources. The new method and accompanying technologies is called Gprobe for use in finding viable energy resources.

The Center for Advanced Mineral and Metallurgical Processing (CAMP) at Montana Tech of The University of Montana collaborated with Great Northern Properties (GNP) on a project to investigate the issues surrounding sodium and how the presence of sodium influences the coal industry in Montana.

Research coordinated by the RAVE Technical Development Center at Montana Tech utilized state-of-the-art analytical and fabriction tools to create a prototype of an innovative water jet cutting pump designed by Apex Technologies, Bozeman.

Montana Tech and MSE Technology Applications, Inc. worked to further develop and test a metallic filter to remove vapor in gas streams, such as coal-fired power plants, municipal and hazardous waste incinerators, and other industrial plumes. Initial tests were conducted in collaboration with PPL Montana at Colstrip.

MSE Technology Applications, Inc. and Golden Sunlight Mine (near Cardwell) collaborated with Montana State University Center for Biofilm Engineering to develop biofilm barrier technology, which will prevent the oxidation of pyrite minerals and the subsequent generation of Acid Rock Drainage resulting from mine waste. The biofilm barrier technology is being commercialized by a Butte Company, Center for Innovation, Inc. (CFI).

Resodyn, Inc. undertook a research and development program to design and demonstrate operation of a mobile prototype agri-pulp plant. Montana State University collaborated on the marketing research for the project.

MSE Technology Applications. collaborated with Montana State University to explore the creation of subsurface biofilm barriers as an initial step toward remediation of groundwater.

MSE Technology Applications in conjunction with Montana State University and Montana Tech, collaborated on a project designed to commercialize a promising technology for enhancing the production of oil during secondary waterflood operations.

MSE Technology Applications has collaborated extensively with faculty at Montana State University concerning commercialization of the novel application of selective absorption technology to petroleum refining.

MSE Technology Applications conducted applied research to evaluate the commercial value of PCAP (Pressure Controlled Atomization Process) thermal spray process in sprayforming Invar as a material for use in industrial components requiring a high degree of thermal stability.

In collaboration with Montana State University Western Agricultural Research Station, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Forestry, and The University of Montana Office of Environmental Health, Great Bear Restoration conducted research to develop a seed treatment process which increases and synchronizes germination of wetland species for use on a commercial scale; reduces agricultural worker risk upon introducing the process to greenhouse operations; and, reduces the waste stream created by the process.

The primary objective of this collaborative effort between Montana State University Northern and Bio-Agtive Montana, of Chester, was to examine the possibility that different fuels can be blended with fuel additives to add key fertilizer ingredients and micronutrients to the soil from tractor exhaust emissions using the Bio-Agtive Emission Technology.

WaveSource, Inc. developed a multifocal soft contact lenses to improve non-surgical vision for millions of people who require vision correction throughout the world.  In conjunction with Montana State University Spectrum Lab, this project advanced current laser based technologies providing measuring systems for complex optical surfaces.

WaveSource, Inc., in collaboration with Flathead Valley Community College, is proceeding with clinical trials required to commercialize its wavefront guided multifocal contact lens.

Peaks and Prairies, Inc. (LubriGreen) worked with Montana State University, the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center and Montana farmers on a project to support development of a biolubricant industry in Central Montana. This industry will produce high-value, high-performance motor oils with increasing market potential throughout the United States and global markets, create higher paying manufacturing jobs, and create demand for value-added oilseed crops.

DermaXon's project goal is to develop efficacious novel selective inhibitors of CYP26A1 for the topical treatment of moderate to severe acne.  By the end of this award. DermaXon intends to have identified a first-in-class lead compound that selectively inhibits CYP26A1 increasing endogenous concentration of Retinoic Acid in the skin and ready for clinical development as a new topical treatment of acne.

Montana BioAgriculture Inc. (MBAI) is developing fungal bioinsecticides for control of bark beetles in forestry.  The project will screen and select fungal strains effective against three of the most damaging species in addition to the mountain pine beetle.  MBAI will commercialize new strains with US EPA approval, production and marketing.

Wintermute Biomedical partnered with the University of Montana on a project for pre-clinical in-vivo testing of a novel anti-bacterial, anti-fungal compound to decrease traumatic and surgical wound infections.  The data will be used to file an investigational new drug with the FDA and to proceed into Phase I human clinical trials.

This University of Montana project will develop a novel, low-cost, titration analyzer for industrial process control and environmental monitoring.  The project will design, fabricate and test the analyzer in collaboration with Sunburst Sensors, a Missoula instrument manufacturing company.

EIP International leveraged existing expertise and equipment at Montana State University to develop a novel catalytic system for hydrogen generation. The project utilizes patent protected technology capable of nanometer scale resolution to engineer the proposed catalyst.

Rivertop Renewables, Inc. conducted research directed toward the commercial development of novel controlled release fertilizers capable of delivering nutrients to plants in a controlled manner. The technology will be used to produce a variety of new controlled release fertilizer products to meet the market needs of different crops and climate regions of the country.

Bee Alert Technology, Inc., a company affiliated with the University of Montana, conducted research on sonographic analysis for rapid detection of varroa mites and other pathologies associated with bee hives.

Investigators at the Montana Neuroscience Institute have worked closely with the COBRE-Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience (CSFN) at the University of Montana on preclinical development of low dose desoxyn as a neuroprotective agent.

TerraEchoes Inc. worked with two Montana companies (GCS Research and S&K Electronics) to develop the components necessary to further commercialization objectives for the Adelos, a proprietary covert intelligence and surveillance fiber optic sensor system.

Sunburst Sensors, LLC received funding to develop a simple, inexpensive colorimetric sensor. This product utilized chemical sensor technology licensed from the University of Montana and is expected to significantly broaden the company's current market.

EndoBiologics, Inc. tested the new Shigella vaccine in a preclinical animal model. These studies were performed in collaboration with scientists at the University of Montana and provided key information for designing clinical trials for testing the vaccine in humans.

The International Heart Institute of Montana collaborated with the University of Montana and Montana Tech to test a specialized tissue process that will allow treatment of donor homograft valves in a completely different way.

Sustainable Systems collaborated with TechLink, MSU Northern and MSU Bozeman to scale up processing capabilities to produce proprietary hydraulic fluid based on high quality vegetable oils.

Montana Microbial Products, LLC engaged in collaboration with Montana State University, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA and TechRanch on a project to develop an enhanced plant protein to replace fishmeal now used in diets of farmed fish.

Purity Systems, Inc. supported SBIR Phase II research at the University of Montana to synthesize new materials and procedures for the recovery of metals from ore leaches and industrial waste sites. Purity Systems has a fully equipped pilot scale production facility research laboratory at Montana Technology Enterprise Center (MonTEC) in Missoula. In addition, knowledge from a subsequent MBRCT project was used to develop a line of commercial products capable of delivering substantially improved performance for use in fixed-bed columns and other stationary phase-reactor systems.

Montana Microbial Products, LLC collaborated with Montana State University to bring a new class of biological disease control agents to production agriculture. The goals of the projects include developing systemic disease resistance in sugar beets, establishing the basis for expanding into the global fungicide market and conducting continued research to expand potential markets.

Garden City Fungi collaborated with researchers at Montana State University to discover and test new strains of local fungi for commercialization and marketing purposes.

In partnership with St. Patrick Hospital, the University of Montana is developing new technologies, processes and products from applied biomedical research that have considerable potential to enhance the biotechnology/biomedical industry in Montana. Collaborative seed projects have matured to the point where several companies are attracting independent funding, such as SBIR, STTR, MBRCT, and private investment.

Sunburst Sensors, LLC manufactures and sells Submersible Autonomous Moored Instruments (SAMI) used to measure CO2 in freshwater and seawater. The company collaborated with the University of Montana to improve and refine the SAMI, which has resulted in increasing sales.

Lake's Glacier View Farm, Inc. collaborated with Northwest Agricultural Research Center/ Montana State University in the development of synthetic seeds for the mint and potato industries of Montana.

Amazing Grains Grower Cooperative collaborated with Montana State University to expand markets for a value-added, gluten-free Indian rice grass product, known as Montina. The seed was developed at MSU and, as a result of the project, acreage planted in Montana has increased dramatically.

Great Northern Growers Cooperative, Sunburst, and Montana State University, worked together to scale-up production of Camelina Sativa in Montana and develop, process, and market high omega-3 culinary oils and animal feeds.

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