PlasmaSol, Stevens spin-out, acquired for $17.5 million

PlasmaSol Corporation, a Technogenesis spin-out company founded at Stevens Institute of Technology, has been acquired by Stryker Corporation in a merger that was concluded December 30, 2005. The cost of the transaction totals approximately $17.5 million, including an up-front cash payment, plus the assumption of certain liabilities by Stryker.

PlasmaSol has developed a technology that will allow Stryker to provide sterilization equipment for use in sterilizing certain of its MedSurg Equipment products.

"PlasmaSol is a Technogenesis success story, written at Stevens Institute of Technology," said Stevens' President Harold J. Ravech. "In 1999, a group of Stevens' faculty members and a team of grad students joined together and founded a company to commercialize a patented environmental technology invented at the Institute. Six years later, this company is recognized as a valuable technology asset by a major American corporation. Technology development from laboratory innovation to marketplace implementation that's what we call Technogenesis."

The basic technology at the core of PlasmaSol Corporation is an invention by Stevens scientists, known as Capillary Discharge Non-Thermal Plasma.

The work to propagate large-volume cold plasmas began in earnest at Stevens in 1996. That year, Dr. Erich Kunhardt of the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, now Dean of Sciences and Arts, received a development grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. With his Stevens colleague Dr. Kurt Becker, Kunhardt went for a much sought-after goal: engineering dynamic plasma reactions in a non-vacuum environment. Their success translating particle theory to measurable results in the lab opened a whole new range of applications.

In 1999, three graduate students from Stevens co-founded PlasmaSol to commercialize the non-thermal plasma technology: Kurt Kovach, Seth A. Tropper, and Richard Crowe, with the later addition to the core team of Mic

Contact: Patrick A. Berzinski
Stevens Institute of Technology

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