CHICAGO, June 13 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Region 5 recently announced that DzymeTech Inc. of Champaign, Ill., has
been awarded a $70,000 contract for its nanotechnology-based test kit for
lead in household paint and dust. The company is one of ten in Region 5
that in total received more than $1 million in funding from the 2006 EPA
Small Business Innovation Research program.
Lead in household paint and dust is a serious health hazard as
low-level lead exposure can result in a number of adverse health effects,
especially in children. Phase I of the project will determine the
feasibility of transforming the concept developed at the University of
Illinois, Urbana- Champaign into a commercial product at DzymeTech. It will
lay the foundation for a large-scale test and further development in phase
II. The outcome will be a reliable, low-cost, user-friendly spot test kit
that can be used by homeowners and lead removal professionals.
The 22 million small businesses in the United States employ about 51
percent of the private work force and develop most of the country's new
technologies. Years ago, Congress recognized the need to strengthen the
role of small businesses in federally funded research and development and
passed a law creating the Small Business Innovation Research program for
businesses with no more than 500 employees. EPA's highly competitive SBIR
program offers critical financial support to small businesses to develop
the technologies in areas of environmental protection including clean air
and water, hazardous and solid wastes, pollution prevention, remediation
and monitoring. Recent issues also include homeland security.
To learn more about these research projects and EPA's SBIR program,
visit: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/sbir .
EPA relies on quality science as the basis for sound policy and
decision- making. EPA's laboratories, research centers and grantees are
building the scientific foundation needed to support the Agency's mission
to safeguard human health and the environment.
SOURCE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5