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DU Spin-Off Receives Additional Funding to Develop New Products

Applied Isotope Technologies (AIT), a spin-off company from Duquesne University that measures the toxicity of small amounts of metals, has received additional funding from the Pittsburgh Life Science Greenhouse (PLSG).

The PLSG has invested $150,000 in AIT, which uses a technology and method approved by the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection to successfully measure toxicity levels of metals in soil, urine and other biological samples.

The method to accurately determine measurements of minute samples was developed by one of AIT’s founders, Dr. Howard M. “Skip” Kingston, a chemistry professor at Duquesne. The new investment will partially fund work that continues to be done in laboratories at Duquesne and at other locations.

Through this investment, AIT will work to launch new products to larger markets in general and clinical biochemistry, with the eventual goal of developing test kits and complete testing systems for clinical diagnostics.

“This funding will allow AIT to further develop testing kits that could be used in cases ranging from health concerns to security issues, virtually in any field that deals with biomedical or environmental samples,” said Dr. Alan W. Seadler, the associate academic vice president for research at Duquesne.

Accurate, adaptable and simple testing kits, such as those being formulated by AIT, have the potential to revolutionize the laboratory work environment, according to John W. Manzetti, president and chief executive officer of the PLSG.

“Today, there is significant focus on environmental health and the thousands of chemicals to which human beings are being exposed,” Manzetti said. “AIT is helping by making products that will permit accurate measurement of how the human body deals with exposure to poisons and facilitate finding new chemimarkers and/or biomarkers that result in better diagnostic tools. “

Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG)
The PLSG invests in and supports the growth of biosciences companies in southwestern Pennsylvania. The PLSG has investment and business growth programs to increase the linkage between research, technology and commercialization; nurture and develop entrepreneurial biosciences enterprises; grow the region's talent pool in the life sciences; and help biosciences firms locate, expand or start-up in the Greater Pittsburgh region. www.plsg.com

Applied Isotope Technologies Inc.
Applied Isotope Technologies Inc. is a metrology company offering products and services for trace and ultra-trace analyses of speciated and elemental compounds with focus in the life sciences, environmental forensics, and anti-piracy industry clusters. Exploiting its exclusive license to the transformational technology platform, SIDMS, the company provides the ability to achieve unprecedented, legally defensible accuracy levels with the mass spectrometer, utilizing enriched stable isotope spikes (ESIS™) through application-optimized, unique, value-added products, reagent kits, software/informatics tools and strategic analytic services. www.sidms.com

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. Follow Duquesne University on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.