SOURCE: Spyglass Biosecurity, Inc.

Spyglass Biosecurity, Inc.

November 11, 2010 08:30 ET

Spyglass Announces Collaboration With Center for Coastal Margin Observation & Prediction

Collaboration to Focus on Monitoring, Managing the Health of Coastal Regions in the Pacific Northwest

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - November 11, 2010) - Spyglass Biosecurity Inc., a clean technology company focused on environmental resource management, announced today that the Center for Coastal Margin Observation & Prediction (CMOP) has appointed the company as an industry collaborator. Through the collaboration, Spyglass will provide CMOP with its revolutionary water monitoring solution, the Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) system, to better monitor and manage coastal regions in the Pacific Northwest. 

The ESP system, Spyglass' flagship product, performs real-time analysis of water samples from the body of water of interest and transmits results directly to a centralized laboratory, allowing scientists to take a deeper look at the health of the water. 

"The unique technology in Spyglass' ESP system will play a key role in helping us study the health of our coastal margins in the Pacific Northwest," said António M. Baptista, Ph.D. and CMOP director. "The ESP's ability to analyze microbes directly in the waters of the estuary will allow us to understand and manage our coastal ecosystems in a new way." 

Because the ESP is able to conduct advanced, automated tests within a body of water, scientists can simultaneously measure a range of conditions, allowing them to discover connections between physical, chemical and biological changes in the water. As part of the collaboration, Spyglass and CMOP will work in partnership to deploy the ESP system to monitor the Columbia River estuary within the next two years. The ESP system will help CMOP scientists obtain a better understanding of the effects of climate and human activity on coastal margins, to positively guide outcomes on environmental sustainability, economic development and public health. CMOP's purchase of the ESP is made possible through a generous grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust.

"Human activity is creating rapid changes in the health of our coastal waters," said Chris Melançon, Spyglass president and chief executive officer. "Spyglass recognizes the unique challenges of monitoring and managing critical water systems and is committed to bringing this advanced technology to the researchers and managers, such as CMOP, who will benefit from the real-time, sophisticated information the ESP system is able to provide."

Spyglass joins an elite group of CMOP industry collaborators, including Sharp Laboratories of America, Intel Corporation, WET Labs, CombiMatrix Corporation, and Translume. The collaboration with CMOP, which is funded by the National Science Foundation's Science and Technology Center program, also extends the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) investment in Spyglass. In June of 2010, the NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program granted funding for five ESP systems to be deployed by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to monitor red tide algal blooms in the Gulf of Maine.

About Spyglass Biosecurity, Inc.
Spyglass is a clean technology company focused on revolutionizing water quality monitoring and management. Spyglass' flagship product, the Environmental Sample Processor system, or ESP, is a portable water analysis system that provides scientists and researchers the first and only automated way to perform advanced water quality tests outside of a laboratory. Because the Spyglass platform conducts tests directly in the body of water and not in the lab, researchers can simultaneously measure a range of conditions, helping them to discover connections between physical, chemical and biological changes in the water. These connections are extremely important for gaining a clear picture of the overall health of a water system, as well as monitoring to detect and mitigate hazards.

Spyglass' ESP system is built upon patented technology developed through 20 years of scientific research by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) and Lawrence Livermore National Labs, with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA. Spyglass has the exclusive world-wide license to the ESP and its advanced technology from MBARI.

About CMOP
The Center for Coastal Margin Observation & Prediction (CMOP), a multi-institutional center hosted at Oregon Health & Science University, is a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center.  CMOP is creating a new paradigm for conducting coastal-margin science. The approach is anticipatory rather than reactive, and is based on the emerging power of structured integrations of information, methods and people. We call these integrations "collaboratories."  The center represents a large multi-institutional partnership.