Granger-based environmental microbiology testing laboratory Scientific Methods has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research Phase I grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. The funding will support the company’s initiatives to develop a field-deployable kit for detecting antibiotic resistant bacteria in wastewater.
As a result of the award, Scientific Methods is now eligible to apply for Elevate Venture’s state match funding through the 21st Century Research & Technology Fund. The company is also positioned to compete for a Phase II award of up to $300,000 to further develop the technology.
“This award demonstrates an important success for the company and reflects the South Bend – Elkhart Region’s increasing focus on innovation and R&D activities within regional industries, as well as the intentional pursuit of new markets and new products lines to diversify existing customer bases,” said John Miller, chair of Startup South Bend – Elkhart, an initiative of the South Bend – Elkhart Regional Partnership.