Rio Rancho, N.M.-based Senspex, Inc. has been awarded $69,994 in funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to test a new contamination monitoring sensor system. The system will function as a diagnostics tool to rapidly detect and analyze hazardous biological and chemical targets in drinking water.
“EPA’s SBIR program is proud to support small companies such as Senspex that are demonstrating a commitment to improving human health and the environment,” said EPA Acting Regional Administrator Larry Starfield. “As a result of research conducted by this small business, new scientific and technological innovations will be developed to improve our drinking water quality.”
Senspex, Inc. is one of two small businesses in Region 6 to receive this 2009 funding. Potential commercial use of Senspex, Inc.’s proposed sensor system includes creating real-time monitoring equipment for hazardous industrial environments, detecting toxic industrial chemical spills in commercial/industrial locations, developing a real-time monitor for drinking water contaminants, identifying contamination in agricultural production, and monitoring for drinking water security.
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