A Bev­erly startup working on an improved way to iso­late cells for research is plan­ning to do its next exper­i­ment more than 200 miles away — straight up.

Quad Tech­nolo­gies LLC, a Mass­Chal­lenge com­pany founded last year, has received a grant worth about $1 mil­lion to study the effects of micro­gravity on the man­u­fac­ture of its sep­a­ra­tion tech­nology on the Inter­na­tional Space Station.

Brian Plouffe, the company’s chief sci­en­tific officer and one of its two full-​​time employees, explained that the com­pany makes so-​​called mag­netic microbeads, which are about 40–60 microns in diam­eter. Such microbeads have been used for decades in cell sep­a­ra­tion, such as to iso­late stem cells in human blood. While the exact method to make them is pro­pri­etary, Plouffe explained that it’s sim­ilar to the way water drips from a faucet.

Plouffe said he and Quad’s CEOSean Kevlahan, are both grad­u­ates of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, and have raised about $125,000 from friends and family to date. He said they plan to seek sales and mar­keting help from larger com­pa­nies in the industry so they can con­tinue to focus on the sci­ence of the product.

 

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