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Texas A&M licenses electron beam technology for water treatment

June 05, 2012
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HOUSTON — Wastewater treatment technology provider Headworks BIO has signed an option agreement with The Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) that provides Headworks BIO with the right to negotiate an exclusive license for TAMUS''s patent-pending Electron Beam (E-Beam) technology for use in municipal wastewater treatment applications.

Electron Beam processing or electronic irradiation is a process that involves using electrons, usually of high energy, to treat an object for a variety of purposes. Possible uses for electronic irradiation include sterilization and to cross-link polymers.

This process has the ability to break the chains of DNA in living organisms, such as bacteria, resulting in microbial death and rendering the product or sample sterile. E-Beam processing is currently in use commercially for the sterilization of medical products, pasteurizing food to protect against foodborne pathogens, developing aseptic packaging materials for foods as well as in the disinfestation (the elimination of live insects) from grain, tobacco and other unprocessed bulk crops.

The National Center for Electron Beam Research (NCEBR) at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, is a leading academic and research organization focused on the research, development and commercialization of E-Beam and X-ray technologies.

"Entering this option agreement with The Texas A&M University System demonstrates Headworks BIO Inc''s commitment to staying at the forefront of available wastewater treatment technologies," said Michele LaNoue, president and CEO of Headworks BIO Inc. "We are committed to offering new and innovative treatment technologies to our customers and partners around the world and are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with a University that is pioneering the research and development of this revolutionary technology."

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