Your expert in UV-Vis technology
Since 2015 we have served customers by upgrading existing UV-Vis spectrophotometers with digital, label-free and scattering analysis methods. Read more about how our work enables healthy and safe living here.
We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity based on inexpensive instrumentation. Through our premier brands – NanoCuvette™, SpectroWorks™, SpectroLink™ and SpectroShell™ – we offer an unmatched integration between innovative nanotechnology, IoT convenience and comprehensive digital services.
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Our values - committed to UN Global Development Goals
We want to focus our efforts to where they can have the biggest impact. To this end, we have chosen 6 targets, where we believe that we can make a difference. To learn more about our concrete actions to support progress on the global goals, read about our initiatives for each of our focus targets below.
TARGET 1.4 – EQUAL RIGHTS TO OWNERSHIP, BASIC SERVICES, TECHNOLOGY AND ECONOMIC RESOURCES
“By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance.” – GLOBALGOALS.ORG
The implications of poverty are rarely a matter of income alone but is usually synonymous with limited access to resources and markets. This includes for example food security and access to healthcare, clean water and education.
At cphnano, we believe that laboratory analysis should be a simple and accessible global commodity for everyone and lowering the laboratory entry-barrier cost by orders of magnitude is at the heart of our business model. This will enable a healthier and safer living for everyone, in particular people living in vulnerable areas where this kind of advanced technology is currently out of reach.
By providing cheap and user-friendly access to high quality diagnostic testing, we can improve the access to safe and nutritious food, clean water, healthcare and quality STEM education. To learn more about each of these areas, see our initiatives for the respective global goals below.
While our short-term goal is to turn any spectrophotometer into an instrument capable of state-of-the-art measurements, one of our ultimate goals is to expand the access to our technology to everybody, everywhere, by enabling users to do spectrophotometric analysis without a spectrophotometer, using only the camera in their phone and our affordable cuvettes.
TARGET 2.1 – UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO SAFE AND NUTRITIOUS FOOD
“By 2030 end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round.” – GLOBALGOALS.ORG
It is estimated by FAO that one in eight people in the world suffers from chronic malnutrition, with the vast majority living in developing countries. While food technology is often associated with images of wrapped candy bars and processed foods, this technical field is also playing an important role in the development of solutions to hunger and malnutrition.
Food science technologies can extend the shelf-life of perishable commodities such as meats, vegetables and fruits, which in turn can help reduce the amount of food lost or wasted (estimated by FAO to have equaled one-third of global food production in 2011). Value addition technologies, such as adding critical minerals and vitamins helps combat health problems like iodine deficiency, the world’s most prevalent cause of brain damage.
The products offered by cphnano can be utilized to lower the cost of R&D and production for food science companies, for example with protein concentration measurements. Finding the right protein balance is a crucial part of industrial fermentation, used to stabilize perishable foods as well as produce nutritional ingredients.
cphnano is also partnering up with research institutions to develop solutions to current barriers to global food security. As an example, we are currently working with a research consortium on a project proposal for using big data monitoring and control systems to enable a more economically and environmentally sustainable fish-farming industry by using ongoing water monitoring to decrease the amounts of water used to depurate (‘wash out’ taste and odor compounds) the fish.
TARGET 3.3: FIGHT COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
“By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases.” – GLOBALGOALS.ORG
While there has been a general decline in global deaths due to communicable diseases in recent decades, they still account for 6 of the top 10 causes of death in low-income countries (WHO, 2020) and constitute a serious risk to global health and welfare, as evidenced by the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Cheap, exact and accessible testing is an extremely valuable tool in the fight against communicable diseases, be it airborne, water-borne or contact-related infections. As a supplier to the pharmaceutical industry, cphnano continuously aim to extend and expand the measurement capabilities of our products within medical tests and diagnosis.
We see great potential within analysis of urine and saliva samples, initially for clinical applications but at a longer horizon, we hope to be able to provide anyone with a smartphone with the equipment necessary to conduct precise urine or saliva analysis on the spot, getting the results within minutes.
The provision of cheap and accessible tests of biological samples would be a powerful weapon in the global fight against diseases. As a specific example, once mature, this technology could be used for making saliva antibody tests for infectious diseases such as COVID-19, within less than 5 minutes.
Furthermore, the technology of cphnano is ideally suited for improving or enabling monitoring of drinking water quality. As the spearheading partner of the research project PANEE, cphnano is currently developing an AI-based water monitoring system that at a low cost will be able to detect when/where a wide range of pathogens (and not just a few bacteria) are most likely to become a human hazard.
TARGET 4.3 – EQUAL ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE TECHNICAL, VOCATIONAL AND HIGHER EDUCATION
“By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university.” – GLOBALGOALS.ORG
Education is essential for developing and maintaining a skilled workforce that can contribute to a progressive, healthy society. However, in many education institutions, a gap exists between what is taught and what needs to be learned in order to prepare students for the rapid progress within technology and science as well as take advantage of the synergies made available by the digital revolution.
cphnano works to increase the quality of STEM education in secondary and tertiary education institutions without an accompanying cost increase. Our NanoCuvettes™ are being used by high schools and universities, to enable the students to engage in hands-on biotechnology, collect and analyze large datasets, validate the credibility of data and understand the growing role of big data and AI in scientific research.
TARGET 6.1 – SAFE AND AFFORDABLE DRINKING WATER
“By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all.” – GLOBALGOALS.ORG
Poor water sanitation is responsible for loss of life and productivity across the globe. Although most countries perform regular water quality analysis, current water quality tests either only give a snapshot of water quality or can’t distinguish between harmless and deadly bacteria. As a consequence, water-borne diseases are still responsible for 4% of all deaths and 5.7% of all ill health around the world.
As the world population is growing and its water sources depleting, there is an urgent need to seek out new solutions to correctly identify and prevent water contamination sources – before it is too late. This is especially true for poor and rural communities, which are usually far from laboratories and where people pull their water directly from aquifers.
Teaming up with experts in Denmark and India, cphnano is leading the PAANEE research project, a cyber-physical water quality monitoring system combining spectroscopy and cloud-computing to measure and analyze groundwater quality 24/7. The system is cost-effective compared to existing systems available, using a single spectrophotometer to indicate the presence of many different known and unknown contaminants.
The project aims to drive interest in water quality by sharing data online and open to all, providing access to real-time information on the safety of water sources. It will also generate new knowledge about the spread of hazardous substances and ecosystem changes leading to increased food and health security risk.
TARGET 9.5 – ENHANCE RESEARCH AND UPGRADE INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES
“Enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries, in particular developing countries, including, by 2030, encouraging innovation and substantially increasing the number of research and development workers per 1 million people and public and private research and development spending.” – GLOBALGOALS.ORG
Our strategy at cphnano is to make laboratory analysis simple and accessible for everyone and upgrading the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries is a part of our DNA. We started as a university spin-off and research is what we know and what we do. We collaborate with top-tier research institutions whenever possible and have been spearheading several research projects with institutional partners from across the globe.
Whereas the current paradigm of the analytical industry is centered on instrumentation and optimizing equipment procedures, we develop new solutions for education, academia and industry, where trusted measurements can be made by everybody, everywhere. With no upfront investment in equipment, this will lower the entry-barrier for small businesses and researchers all over the globe, encouraging innovation and scientific research on a broad scale.
Funding & Support
We are very grateful to have received funding and support from the Danish Innovation Foundation (IFD), Vækstfonden, The Danish Industry Foundation, EUREKA, KEYSTONES, Future box, Danish Tech Challenge 2016, the Technical University of Denmark, Edtech Denmark, TECHBQQ and Ocean Insight. Without all this help, cphnano would not have been possible. A list of funded research projects can be found here.
- Copenhagen Nanosystems ApS
- Hørmarken 2, DK-3520 Farum, Denmark
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- IBAN DK1430000011794742
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