Nanomix

Company Background and Structure

Nanomix is a leading electronic detection company developing and commercializing high-value diagnostic and monitoring applications related to healthcare services and rapid point-of-care (POC) diagnostics. Founded in 1997, the company operates from a single location in Emeryville, California and receives both private and public funding for their research and development of nano-enabled sensor chips (1).

Position in the Nanotechnology Value Chain

Nanomix is a manufacturer of nanointermediate sensor chips based on its proprietary Sensation technology, which integrates carbon nanotube (CNT) electronics with silicon structures to create scalable, ultra-sensitive detection devices for medical and industrial applications (1).

Products and Buyers

Nanomix’s ultra-sensitive detection chips are sold to company partners for medical, industrial and biodefense applications. The company is also collaborating with developers and distributors to expand its product portfolio of respiratory and biodetection applications, and they are currently focused on developing a nano-enabled chip that is able to deliver a full range of blood tests with the same sensitivity and accuracy as lab-based systems. The initial product will be Omega-3, a handheld portable diagnostics platform measuring critical cardiac biomarkers for the diagnosis of myocardial infarction (1).

In 2007, Nanomix Inc. entered into an  exclusive licensing agreement with MysticMD Inc., a provider of proprietary nanocoatings. This builds upon earlier work between the two organizations to optimize the technology and explore partnering opportunities. Under the agreement, MysticMD provides Nanomix with intellectual property related to the use of nano-ink for glucose test strip technology (8).

Strategic Partnerships

Nanomix was awared a $100,000 Phase One SBIR grant to develop and commercialize a nanoelectronic device research module or kit for use by educational institutions and private sector researchers. Nanomix also secured $275,000 in Phase I grants from the NSF and the U.S. Department of Energy (3). IN 2007, they received a Phase IIb grant for $500,000 to continue the development and commercialization of Nanomix' Sensation™ nanoelectronic detection platform, through partnership with academia and industry (6). In 2007, Nanomix was awarded a $1 million project grant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to work on a project in cooperation with the Naval Research Laboratories (5).

In 2003, Nanomix granted DuPont Electronic Technologies, a leading supplier of materials for Plasma Display Panel (PDP) televisions, an exclusive license to make and sell field-emitting thick film materials containing carbon nanotubes for use in flat panel displays. The carbon nanotube thick film emitter materials will be used to make field emission displays (FEDs). Together, the Nanomix nanotechnology and DuPont thick film technology will improve emission efficiency of the emitter material (4).

Patents

One patent (US Patent No. 7,312,095, issued December 25, 2007) includes broad claims to methods of making arrayed nanostructured sensing devices which are chemically functionalized to respond to chosen target substances. In particular, the claims include arrays with integrated reference sensors, arrays with sensors individually functionalized with chemical jets, and particular electrochemical functionalization methods. Nanomix now owns patents covering two important concepts for nanosensor arrays, including one for multiplex detection which allows selectivity, and one for referenced detection which permits more accurate response via self calibration (7).

In 2009, Nanomix was issued a new patent related to hydrogen storage technology and follows six earlier patents issued to Nanomix in this field. Efficient, safe, high-density hydrogen storage is critical to realizing the promise of practical and cost-effective energy from the emerging fuel cell industry. The new technology avoids the current limitations of liquid hydrogen storage. Using novel materials, Nanomix technology advances hydrogen storage systems to meet the performance needs of automotive, portable electronic applications, and power-grid energy storage (2).

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Sources

  1. Nanomix (2012). Retrieved March 15, 2012 from www.nano.com
  2. AZoNano (2009, April 1). “Leading Nanotechnology Company Issued Additional Patent Related to Hydrogen Storage Technology.” Retrieved September 11, 2012 from www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=10705
  3. AZoNano (2003, November 19). “Nanomix Awarded a SBIR Grant for Carbon Nanotube Electronics Platform.”  Retrieved September 11, 2012 from www.azonano.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=473
  4. AZoNano (2003, September 9). “Nanomix and DuPont Sign License for Carbon Nanotubes in Field Emission Displays.” Retrieved September 11, 2012 from www.azonano.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=222
  5. Nanotechnology Now (2007, January 17). “Nanomix Announces Award of $1M Grant From Department of Homeland Security.”  Retrieved September 11, 2012 from www.nanotech-now.com/news.cgi?story_id=19716
  6. Nanotechnology Now (2007, February 21). “Nanomix Announces Award of $500K National Science Foundation Phase IIB Grant.” Retrieved September 11, 2012 from www.nanotech-now.com/news.cgi?story_id=20643
  7. Nanowerk (2008, January 7). “Nanomix Announces New Patent; Broad Claims Granted for Arrayed Nanostructured Detection Devices.” Retrieved September 11, 2012 from www.nanowerk.com/news/newsid=3924.php
  8. Nanowerk (2007, November 6).  “Nanomix Signs Exclusive Glucose Detection Licensing Agreement with MysticMD.” Retrieved September 11, 2012 from www.nanowerk.com/news/newsid=3194.php