On February 21, 2018, Atlas Regeneration Technologies was selected to participate in MassChallenge Texas’ 2018 accelerator program. Atlas was one of over 520 startups to apply for the four month accelerator located in Austin, Texas, and will join 84 other startups from across Texas and around the world.
We are excited for this opportunity and look forward to expanding our knowledge!
Atlas was recently awarded a Phase 1 grant from the National Science Foundation's Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) program. We are proud to be one of the few that succeeded in receiving a grant to further our sensor development and continue on the path towards improving softener operations and beyond. STTR funding is being used to develop methods for manufacturing ion exchange fibers that are used in our sensors. Research is being performed at The University of Texas at El Paso and beta sensors will be deployed to industrial water treatment locations by Fall 2017.
Work is continuing and we have made good progress towards producing the initial hardness sensors. We have identified several methods for their production and expect to down-select a sensor design by mid-March that will be installed and tested in several locations.
Atlas CEO Malynda Cappelle, receiving the 4th place award from Catherine McCabe, Acting Regional Administrator for EPA Region 2 (New York)
Atlas’ proposed development of ion-exchange fibers is expected to have applications beyond hardness sensors. The same approach can be used to make ion-exchange fibers that can be employed for the detection of nitrogen ions (i.e. ammonia, nitrate) in devices similar to softeners to remove nitrate from drinking water. Atlas recently received 4th place in the InnoCentive Advanced Septic Nitrogen Sensor Challenge, which is an “ideation challenge” geared to spur innovation in sensing nitrogen in septic systems that can reduce environmental and health problems.
As of January 2017, Atlas has moved out of The Hub of Human Innovation's downtown building in order to have access to wet lab space outside of The University of Texas at El Paso. This is a big leap forward for us and we are grateful for the help and assistance from Nancy, Ernesto, and the staff at The Hub. The Hub has incubated Atlas since the student team won the 2014 Paso del Norte Venture Competition + Expo.
In 2017, the Medical Center of the Americas issued a call for proposals to its Proof of Concept Innovation Program. Atlas is proud to be one of 11 companies being incubated and housed at the Cardwell Collaborative building. (News stories can be found here and here). Atlas will be using the funding received to further develop our hardness sensors and explore other concepts.
An unexpected benefit of being housed at the Cardwell Collaborative is that they have a water softener installed. We expect to be able to use this location as one of our first non-laboratory installations of our hardness sensor. More to come!