SOURCE: Advance Nanotech, Inc.

July 09, 2010 13:06 ET

Owlstone Receives Award for Innovative and Unique IMS Microchip

MONTEBELLO, NY--(Marketwire - July 9, 2010) -  Advance Nanotech, Inc. (OTCBB: AVNA) is pleased to learn that Owlstone Nanotech, Inc. ("Owlstone"), in partnership with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ("PNNL"), has been selected to receive an award from the R&D100 Magazine. The following email was sent to Owlstone shareholders today to provide further elaboration and perspective on this prestigious award.

The Awards, sponsored by R&D Magazine, are widely recognized as the 'Oscars of Innovation,' and identify and celebrate the most innovative technological breakthroughs of the year. Based on collaborative research involving Owlstone's innovative microchip based Ion Mobility Spectrometer, the R&D100 Award acknowledges the potential of the technology to provide unprecedented analysis speed and sensitivity as a stand-alone sensor and to be seamlessly integrated into other analytical stages to enable more accurate measurements.

The technique, often referred to as Field Asymmetric waveform Ion Mobility Spectrometry (FAIMS), relies on the manipulation of electrically charged molecules, or ions, by an applied electric field. The separation of these ions as they traverse the electric field is critical to the chemical detection process.

In previous FAIMS systems, the distance ions travelled ranged from as little as 15 to 55 millimetres although this took too long for the desired performance. "We needed to shorten the racetrack," said PNNL chemist Alex Shvartsburg. But a shorter racetrack requires more intense electric fields to separate the pack of ions. So the team developed a FAIMS microchip with 0.3 millimetre-long channels that were only 35 micrometers wide. The short, narrow channels allow ion separation 100 to 10,000 times faster than previous instruments.

Bret Bader, CEO of Owlstone Nanotech, commented, "It has been a great privilege for us to work with PNNL during this further exciting development of our FAIMS technology. We are thrilled to have been chosen for this Award and look forward to continuing our research activities with PNNL."

About Advance Nanotech, Inc. and Owlstone Nanotech, Inc.

Advance Nanotech, Inc. owns a minority position in Owlstone Nanotech, Inc. ("Owlstone"). Owlstone is a pioneer in the commercialization of chemical detection products. The Owlstone detector is a revolutionary dime-sized sensor that can be programmed to detect a wide range of chemical agents that may be present in extremely small quantities. Using leading-edge micro- and nano-fabrication techniques, Owlstone has created a complete chemical detection sensor that is significantly smaller and can be produced more cost effectively than products using existing technology. There are numerous applications -- across industries from security and defense to industrial process, air quality control and healthcare -- that depend on the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of chemical compounds. Owlstone works with market leaders within these industries to integrate the detector into next generation chemical sensing products and solutions. Owlstone's technology offers a unique combination of benefits, including small size, low manufacturing costs, minimal power consumption, reduced false-positives, and a customizable platform. For more information about Advance Nanotech, Inc. please visit For more information about Owlstone, please visit Follow Advance Nanotech on Twitter:

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