Technology transfer, the process of converting scientific and technological advances into marketable goods or services, is a critical transition for any analytical instrument manufacturer or instrument/application development organization. Utilized in many settings, this process proves most successful in two instances—new application or instrument development in a research environment and the expansion of an established instrument’s or application’s capabilities.
When developing a novel analytical instrument or application, a great deal of scientific knowledge goes into the creation of a specific application or system that has a defined end usage. Even so, the transfer of technology from the research lab to a “real world” application is often difficult. Fortunately, many incubator programs have emerged over the past few years to help nurture these technologies. Although proving to be quite successful, these programs are best complemented by practitioner guidance that often serves as as a vital step in evaluating these technologies, as well as putting them to practice.
The second type of technology transfer is where manufacturers and developers are looking to take existing analytical instrumentation and applications developed and sold for specific applications, and expand their capabilities beyond their original market applications. Here, vast application and industry knowledge is critical in bridging the gap into new markets.
For more than a decade, scientists at Gateway Analytical have helped companies transition novel technology, instrumentation and applications into the marketplace by identifying industry needs, and providing testing and development guidance to help meet those needs. Most recently, the company worked with rap.ID to bring combined Raman/LIBS analysis into the field of forensic science. This state-of-the-art automated searching and particle characterization instrument has had several successes across many industries, and scientists at Gateway Analytical believe that applying this technology to forensic science would offer applications that would vastly improve the field of trace evidence.
In collaboration with rap.ID, Gateway Analytical undertook an evaluation to apply this combined Raman/LIBS microscope platform to trace evidence analysis. Several samples were analyzed onsite at rap.ID in Germany to determine feasibility of applications such as soil, glass and gunshot residue analysis. The results of this study were presented in a poster earlier this month at the Trace Evidence Symposium in Kansas City, Mo.
In addition, Gateway Analytical has developed applications in numerous industries for other methods as well, including: FTIR, imaging technologies, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, LIBS, 3-D microscopy, specialized sample preparation and reverse engineering.
As a multifaceted company, scientists at Gateway Analytical have the technical expertise and analytical experience necessary to evaluate new and existing technologies, and develop applications that enable manufacturers to expand their market potential over a broader range of industries and regulated environments. Services reach every end of the spectrum and include cGMP and ISO consulting, application development, business development support, technical writing and more.
For more information, contact Tracey Vogt, Sr. Account Manager, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or cell phone at (412) 983-1634.