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November 13, 2013

Off to outer space

Beverly start-up firm wins grant to test its product on space station

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”Having one of our client companies conducting manufacturing research on the International Space Station is certainly a first for NSIV,” said its CEO Martha Farmer. “This is a reflection of the caliber of companies we have in our incubator and the future potential they have in the marketplace.”

Plouffe’s doctorate is in chemical engineering, and his doctoral project was focused on developing new tools based on magnetic cell separation.

”I am kind of the magnetic mind behind the technology,” he said. He has worked extensively with the nanotechnology involved in the magnetic beads and manipulating cells using magnetic beads.

The company has received seed funding from so-called angel investors and friends and family.

So, when might the small company expand and graduate from InnoVentures?

Kevlahan said a roll-out of the company’s cell separation kit is expected sometime late in 2014. This will dovetail with the work to get their experiment on board the space station. The company will probably look to go out on its own and find more space, in the form of office space, in about a year.

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Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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