(From left: Dr. Jesus Velazquez, Dr. Sonja Francis (Lewis Group), and Dr. Nathan Dalleska, at Caltech Environmental Analysis Center)
Half a year ago in my last blog I discussed VUV Analytics’ efforts to find the "killer app" for the VGA-100 Vacuum Ultraviolet (VUV) Gas Chromatography (GC) Detector. While much of our “in house” effort has been focused on industry, industry partners are typically hesitant to share what they have learned in an effort to find every opportunity for competitive advantage.
We certainly can’t blame them for that.
As a tech start-up we understand the need for NDA’s, MTA’s, and various other secrecy agreements that ultimately leave our applications marketing collateral DOA. Sure, we can find commercially available surrogates for some of that work, but it’s not the same as the real thing and that data is still “sales” data for completely new technology that we have been trained to believe shouldn’t work. Analytical chemists are paid skeptics and we all know that sales data doesn’t hold a candle to a good peer reviewed journal article for convincing a scientific skeptic.