Lincoln enters pollution testing market

Sunday, 13 May, 2007

Lincoln Ventures, a technology company owned by Lincoln University, plans to offer a revolutionary new device that will allow industrial and wastewater treatment plants to rapidly test toxicity levels in discharges and provide a new level of environmental protection.

At the recent Water Industry Operations Group conference in Queenstown, Dr Neil Pasco, manager of the Biosensor Research Programme at Lincoln Ventures, announced plans to launch a new rapid testing instrument to the international wastewater industry.

Pasco explained that the patented technology, which has been under development for several years, is being combined with new advances in electrochemical biosensors and analytical capability to bring to market the small reasonably priced device.

He confirmed that field testing of the instrument will start shortly in wastewater plants in New Zealand, Australia, the US and Germany. It will be widely available in 2008.

Graeme Robertson, CEO of Lincoln Ventures, says, "This is an excellent example of sound research which will benefit not only New Zealand but the wastewater industry worldwide. Sales over the next five years are projected to exceed NZ$15m."

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