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CarboNix receives second NIH Phase I SBIR award

CarboNix LLC, a USC Columbia-based technology startup company, has been awarded its second Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Award for $128,819 to support its project “Allergens and Induced Asthma: Eradicating Indoor Allergens and Dust Mites.”

The grant is from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This Phase I SBIR project is aimed at further development of the CarboNix technology for reducing or eliminating indoor allergens that trigger both severe allergies and often asthma.

The project will provide proof-of-concept for CarboNix’ proprietary process that reduces dust mites and their allergens in carpeting and similar textile items. The project will lead to commercialization of a new service business for killing dust mites in the home and preventing re-infestation. The project could benefit any allergy sufferer, but is specifically aimed at minority and low-income children who are six times more likely to die from dust mite allergen-induced asthma.

The American Lung Association estimates that 32.5 million Americans (11.2%) have been diagnosed with asthma, and 6.2 million of these are children between 5 and 17. It has been shown that most children with exacerbation of asthma have been exposed to high levels of indoor allergens, and that continuous exposure can result in readmission. The National Center for Health Statistics showed that the prevalence of asthma in minority (specifically African American and Puerto Rican) children is 40% higher than in white children. Clinicians often employ a multiple-intervention strategy for allergy and asthma management. The new business will give practicing clinicians a new interventional tool, namely the safe and inexpensive cleaning of allergen- laden household items.

The mission of CarboNix LLC is the clinically effective abatement of a broad spectrum of household allergens that collect in bedding and other items and fabric materials. Allergen avoidance is recognized as an important strategy in mitigating allergic and asthma attacks in many (but not all) sensitized individuals.

CarboNix LLC is an early stage start-up company founded by Allan M. Quick and USC chemical engineering professor Michael A. Matthews and incorporated June 2006. CarboNix is a member company in the USC Columbia Technology Incubator. Additional start-up funding has been provide by the SC EPSCoR/IDEA Office through its Phase 0 matching program, and from SC Launch!, a program within the South Carolina Research Authority.


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