Sydor Instruments wins DOE SBIR grant

Acquisition of data in complex x-ray studies could improve 100-fold over existing technology with the help of an $833,000 federal grant awarded this week to Sydor Instruments.

sydorlogoIIThe company will use the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant, awarded through the U.S. Department of Energy, to complete the technology transfer of a novel microstrip detector,  in collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory. The detector is designed to be highly effective at acquiring count rates, energy resolution and spatial resolution data. Commercialization of the detector will allow researchers to advance discovery in a number of areas, among them nanoscale material science, structure-based drug design and environmental remediation of contamination sites.

“We are very pleased with being awarded this SBIR Phase IIB grant and would like to thank Brookhaven National Lab for its partnership and collaboration during this process,” said Sydor Instruments President Michael Pavia.  “This grant from the Department of Energy reinforces the importance of completing the technology transfer of this microstrip detector and positioning it for immediate commercial deployment.  By acquiring data at many points, the quality and quantity of data will be improved 100-fold from the current state-of-the-art.”

The SBIR program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research/research and development  that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. According to the Small Business Administration, 11 federal agencies currently participate in the program, which is open to businesses with fewer than 500 employees.

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