Queen’s startup company receives $2.5 million

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A local water testing company, initiated by Queen’s University researchers after the Walkerton water quality tragedy, has received $2.5 million from the provincial government to grow its product development.


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The fibre optic sensor technology developed by chemist Stephen Brown and a team of Queen’s and industry researchers, known as ENDETEC, was awarded the funds through the Ministry of Research and Innovation’s Innovation Demonstration fund.

The team have created a faster and more accurate method to monitor municipal water systems. The university’s tech transfer office, PARTEQ Innovations, assisted in launching the company as well as protecting and licensing the technology.

ENDETEC plans to continue expanding its research partnership with Queen’s over the next few years.