Company Unveils Electronic Cold-pasteurization Technology
Arlington, TX – March 22, 2010 – ScanTech Sciences, a developer of advanced food-treatment systems, was selected as a top Texas Emerging Technology Fund presenter this year at WBTshowcase (World’s Best Technologies).
The event, held during the week of March 15 in Arlington, TX, provides commercial market exposure to innovative technology firms from around the world. Attending this year’s event, which was sponsored by Lockheed Martin, were venture capitalists and other investors from Silicon Valley to New York.
In January, ScanTech Sciences was awarded $2 million from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (ETF) to spin out of parent company ScanTech Holdings, to move from Atlanta to Houston, and to conduct “electronic cold-pasteurization” research with Texas A&M University.
Chip Starns, vice president of ScanTech Sciences, said the company was one of 16 ETF recipients invited to present at the showcase. Over 100 applied.
“They were looking for advanced technologies that were ready to be commercialized,” Starns said. “They were also looking for highly compelling market drivers.”
ScanTech Sciences has developed an electronic cold-pasteurization system that provides cost-effective and environmentally-friendly food-treatment solutions. The company’s technology shoots harmless electricity through produce and other foods. Traditional treatment systems, on the other hand, often involve intense heat or dangerous chemicals.
The ScanTech Sciences food-treatment process results in:
- Safer food—with fewer insects, harmful bacteria and toxins
- Longer-lasting produce—because crops can be picked nearer their peak ripeness
- Less impact on the environment—as ScanTech Sciences offers the “greenest” chemical-free food-treatment system currently available
The federal government is currently looking at alternative food-treatment methods such as irradiation, because harsh chemicals like methyl bromide are being phased out due to safety concerns. Electronic cold-pasteurization, a form of irradiation, is endorsed or approved by the FDA, USDA, CDC, American Medical Association, the World Health Organization, Grocery Manufacturers Association and many other institutions.
Immediate applications for ScanTech Sciences’ technology include treating produce coming from Mexico into the United States.
“Investors we talked with were impressed with our system and understood the challenges facing our global food supply,” Starns said. “Those challenges include increasing shelf life and killing insects and bacteria that sicken hundreds of millions of people every year.”
One-third of past WBTshowcase presenters have secured private equity or partnering agreements. To date, presenters have raised more than $450 million in venture capital.
About ScanTech Sciences
ScanTech Sciences is a developer of advanced food-treatment systems. The company’s electronic cold-pasteurization technology provides a proven and cost-effective solution for destroying pathogens and pests—resulting in safer food and longer shelf life for produce.
ScanTech Sciences’ system is also a proven green alternative to traditional food treatment methods—which often involve harsh heat and dangerous chemicals. In addition, the system helps treated food maintain taste, texture and nutritional content.
For more information, go to www.scantechsciences.com.