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GWC Lands $110K NSF Stimulus Grant to Develop Protein Biochip

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The proteomics products company GWC Technologies said today that it has received a Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Science Foundation to continue developing its Carbon-on-Metal protein array analysis technology.

According to an NSF database, the award amount is $100,000 and it was funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The Madison, Wis.-based company’s imaging systems analyze protein arrays made on gold biochips, which enables label-free analysis that may “accurately reflect how proteins function in real life,” the company said.

“Our first goal is to demonstrate the superior performance of CoM technology in proteomics analysis,” company CSO Voula Kodoyianni, said in a statement. After than, he said, the research “will focus on new products for the pharmaceutical industry.”

According to the NSF grant abstract, "the broader impacts of this research are to reduce costs and improve the speed of analysis in proteomics research, clinical diagnostics and the development of therapeutic antibodies." It adds that potential markets for the platform include "basic research, lab-on-a-chip diagnostics, drug discovery; forensics; detection of bio-terror agents; and food and crop testing."