Delaware start-up gets seed grant from National Science Foundation


MS Solutions, LLC, Hockessin, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to develop and commercialize novel ionization methods for mass spectrometry.

Delawaer-based MSholds a number of patents. The importance of mass spectrometry ionization technologies for advancing science was recognized by the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to the inventors of currently used methods, the company noted

The goal of the Phase I project is to build a prototype product for medical diagnostics and other applications having unprecedented robustness and sensitivity through use of the newly developed ionization technology.

A successful product would cost substantially less than current methods, a release stated.

Charles McEwen, MS president, stated “the new NSF grant allows the company to continue to develop innovative solutions in areas such as medical diagnostics. For example, we are developing a lower cost and faster approach to identification of bacteria pathogens.”

All proposals submitted to the NSF SBIR/STTR program, also known as America’s Seed Fund, undergo a rigorous merit-based review process.

“NSF is proud to support the technology of the future by thinking beyond incremental developments and funding the most creative, impactful ideas across all markets and areas of science and engineering,” said Andrea Belz, division Director of the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships at NSF. “With the support of our research funds, any deep technology startup or small business can guide basic science into meaningful solutions that address tremendous needs.”

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