QBI receives Phase I SBIR Award from the NIEHS

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences funds Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) grants. These SBIR/STTR grants help small businesses develop innovative applications to translate and communicate environmental health research to improve public health.

QBI was awarded an NIEHS small business grant, which aim to foster the commercialization of innovative environmental technologies for detecting and remediating hazardous substances. These technologies have the potential of protecting health through preventing harmful exposures. As part of this program, QBI is developing a biosensor that uses synthetic microbial sensor strains that fluoresce in response to specific toxins to continuously monitor water for contamination. The platform will substantially improve upon currently available technologies for toxin detection, making monitoring more affordable, continuous, and field-deployable.

DOE Awards QBI a Phase I SBIR Award for Nutrient Sensing

The mission of the Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program is to support transformative science and scientific user facilities to achieve a predictive understanding of complex biological, earth, and environmental systems for energy and infrastructure security and resilience. Gaining a predictive understanding of biological processes will enable design and reengineering of microbes and plants for improved energy resilience and sustainability, including improved biofuels and bio-products, improved carbon storage capabilities, and controlled biological transformation of materials such as nutrients and contaminants in the environment.

QBI was awarded a DOE small business grant to develop a customizable biosensor platform that uses fluorescent microbial sensor strains to continuously monitor water for nutrient contaminants, including nitrate, nitrite, ammonium, and phosphorus.

QBI awarded Arsenic Sensor prize from the Bureau of Reclamation

Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced that five private sector and citizen solvers shared a prize competition purse of $50,000 for their submissions of concepts to improve arsenic measurement technologies in water.

"Current analytical methods are suitable for ensuring regulatory compliance, but there remains a need for rapid, low-cost monitoring of arsenic," Commissioner Burman said. "These selected ideas are a positive step forward to better understand and manage water quality, potentially opening up more usable supplies for the West and the country. We look forward to seeing the application of these proposed solutions."

Stage 1 of the arsenic sensor prize competition sought concepts for rapidly, accurately, and cost-effectively measuring arsenic in water through improved sensor technologies. Responses were judged, and winners each received a cash prize of $10,000. To advance these concepts, Reclamation will be hosting stage 2 of the competition, which seeks working prototypes of innovative arsenic sensing technologies.

QBI receives $2M from CEC for biofuel production facility.

The California Energy Commission supports California-based biofuel production facilities that can sustainably produce low carbon transportation fuels through their release of a grant solicitation entitled “Pilot-Scale and Commercial-Scale Advanced Biofuels Production Facilities” under the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.  ARFVTP is a competitive grant program that aims at helping California meet its energy, clean air and climate change goals. 

QBI has received $2M through this program to develop a biofuels production facility at the Fiscalini Dairy in Modesto, CA.  The facility will purify the biogas from the on-site digesters to pure biomethane, compress this for vehicle use, and feed the carbon dioxide that is removed from the biogas to algae ponds.  Algae biomass will be used on site as an animal feed.  The goal of the project is to make 500 DGE of CNG per day and to demonstrate that algae can serve as a nutrient-rich feed for dairy cows.


CEC ETDG Program Awards $1,500,000 to QBI

On October 20th, 2011, the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program released a Program Opportunity Notice (PON-11-501) entitled “2011 Emerging Technology Demonstration Grant Program (ETDG II).” The purpose of the solicitation was to fund emerging technologies in the industrial, agricultural and water sectors that will significantly reduce California’s energy and water use. Proposers competed in the following project categories: 1) Water and Wastewater; 2) Data Centers; 3) Customer-Side Electricity Storage; and 4) Industrial Energy Efficiency Projects.

Quantitative BioSciences received a grant of $1,500,000 to build a full-scale wastewater treatment system on the Van Ommering Dairy Farm in Lakeside, CA.  Work is currently underway on the construction on the system, which will handle 40,000 gallons of waste per day and include two 200-foot, 60,000 gallon high rate algae ponds.

USDA Awards QBI a $75,000 Conservation Innovation Grant

Quantitative BioSciences is one of seven private companies and conservation and agricultural organizations that have been awarded 

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) in California, totaling $497,625. These are in addition to the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) national awards for organizations in the state for over $1.5 million. The ultimate goal of the grants is to help the Agency and California farmers and ranchers with technical tools to protect natural resources.

NRCS California State Conservationist Lincoln E. Burton announced the awarding of the grants that range from $47,625 up to $75,000 ($75,000 is the maximum allowed for state awards). All contain at least a 50 percent match from non-federal sources, as required by the program.

Quantitative BioSciences was awarded $75,000 to develop a pilot scale version of an efficient and renewable agricultural waste treatment and bio energy production system.  They are working in partnership with the Van Ommering Dairy Farm, a third generation family operation in Lakeside, CA

“The conservation landscape constantly changes and challenges us to be nimble in our ability to address these issues. Some of our best ideas for developing and adapting our technical tools to address modern challenges come from private groups and individuals,” said Burton. “The current set of awardees will bring us new insights into conservation technical solutions for water resources, grazing lands, energy, air quality and more.”

Nationwide through CIG, the USDA-NRCS is investing nearly $22.5 million in innovative conservation technologies and approaches that address a broad array of existing and emerging natural resource issues.  The CIG grants were established in the 2008 Farm Bill as part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Additional information is available online at http://www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/cig/.

Gates Foundation Awards QBI $100,000 Grand Challenges Grant

Quantitative BioSciences Receives $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for Ground-Breaking Research in Global Health and Development 

San Diego, CA – Quantitative BioSciences announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Quantitative BioScienceswill pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled “Algae for the Effective and Economical Treatment of Waste.”

Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) funds scientists and researchers worldwide to explore ideas that can break the mold in how we solve persistent global health and development challenges. Quantitative BioSciences’s project is one of over 85 Grand Challenges Explorations Round 6 grants announced today by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“GCE winners are expanding the pipeline of ideas for serious global health and development challenges where creative thinking is most urgently needed.  These grants are meant to spur on new discoveries that could ultimately save millions of lives,” said Chris Wilson, director of Global Health Discovery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

To receive funding, Quantitative BioSciences and other Grand Challenges Explorations Round 6 winners demonstrated in a two-page online application a bold idea in one of five critical global heath and development topic areas: polio eradication, HIV, sanitation and family health technologies, and mobile health.

Quantitative BioSciences in San Diego is developing an algae-based waste treatment system targeted for third-world applications.  Cyanobacteria will treat a community’s waste and produce two forms of renewable energy: nutrient-rich fertilizer to enhance agriculture and biomethane to power the facility and neighboring community.

Grand Challenges Explorations is a US$100 million initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Launched in 2008, Grand Challenge Explorations grants have already been awarded to nearly 500 researchers from over 40 countries.  The grant program is open to anyone from any discipline and from any organization.  The initiative uses an agile, accelerated grant-making process with short two-page online applications and no preliminary data required.  Initial grants of $100,000 are awarded two times a year. Successful projects have the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to $1 million.