News 2010

Techshot signs on as ASGSB Platinum Sponsor | 11.4.10

Techshot has become a Platinum Sponsor of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology.

The company also will be the exclusive sponsor of the Saturday keynote speaker at the society's annual meeting November 4 - 7. Former astronaut Scott Parazynski, M.D., will discuss his five space shuttle missions and what it's like to stand atop the highest mountain in the world.

A member of the ASGSB community for more than 20 years, Techshot is today more capable than ever to provide the equipment and services needed for a successful mission. From NASA, to the National Institutes of Health, to Procter & Gamble and the Coca-Cola Company, every Techshot customer benefits from our diversity of skills and experiences.

Attending the annual meeting from Techshot will be Chief Scientist Paul Todd, Ph.D., COO John Vellinger and VP Corporate Advancement, Rich Boling.

Techshot co-founder and wife complete Marathon to Athens run | 11.3.10

Techshot co-founder, President and CEO Mark Deuser and Ruth Ann Deuser, his wife, have just completed the Athens Classic Marathon (ACM). The couple retraced the route ran by Pheidippides to announce the Greek victory over Persia in the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC.

The ACM is renouned for its tough course, Pheidippides is said to have died following his pronouncement. "Running the original route was amazing," said Mark. "Rather than trying to best our personal records, we just enjoyed seeing so many incredible sites along the way."

This year's event, marking the 2,500th anniversary of that historic run, attracted a record 12,500 entrants from 88 countries - more than three times the usual number. The finish line was in the stadium that hosted the first modern Olympic games in 1896.

"We almost felt like we were participating in the Olympics," Mark added. "The people of Greece are terrific, they made the whole experience unforgettable."

Techshot Lighting featured in New York Times | 10.5.10

Techshot Lighting's LED lighting system was featured in the October 4 edition of the New York Times in an article related to the greening of the U.S. military. See the photos and read the associated article.

Techshot delivers prototype to Air Force Research Laboratory | 9.7.10

Techshot engineers Bill Johnson (left) and Andy Kurk have just returned from meetings at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where they demonstrated their progress on a new technology the company was hired to explore for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

The Techshot-created device shown to the customer is an early prototype of a miniature optically-synchronized telemetry system being designed to aid the development of payloads deployed from aircraft traveling at supersonic speeds.

Developing new technologies for AFRL is a multi-phase process - this technology demonstration unit was completed under a $100,000 Phase I contract (which was matched by Indiana's 21st Century Research and Technology Fund). Johnson and Kurk report that the results of their work were well received and that Techshot has been formally invited to submit a proposal to continue the project. If selected for Phase II, the company could earn as much as $750,000 for a two year effort to complete development and testing of a far more advanced prototype.

Techshot spinoff IKOTECH featured on Inside Indiana Business TV | 8.31.10

David Kennedy, CEO of Techshot spinoff IKOTECH, LLC, recently was an in-studio guest on Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick. Check out the video.

Techshot project manager attending Department of Defense conference | 8.17.10

Techshot Project Manager Tony Shulthise will be attending the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Technology Applications for Combat Casualty Care conference August 17 - 19 in St. Pete Beach, Florida.

The event is the military's premier scientific meeting that addresses critical advances in trauma medicine and the unique medical needs of the warfighter. It will focus on growing and changing operational issues and the technologies available today and in the future that can be used to meet these increasingly complex goals. Nearly all of department's combat casualty care scientists will present their latest research results

Shulthise and his team of engineers at Techshot are developing an advanced system for caring for injured service personnel while being evacuated to treatment facilities.

Techshot officials attending Space Station Research Academy | 7.30.10

Officials from Techshot, a product and technology development company, are attending NASA's International Space Station Research Academy August 3-5 in League City, Texas.

Techshot President and CEO Mark Deuser and Vice President for Corporate Advancement Rich Boling will be attending to present information about the company's equipment and services, which enable cutting-edge research in both Earth and space-based laboratories.

Partnership with Purdue Research Foundation featured in Business First | 7.23.10

Techshot expects to help area startups advance with Purdue Research Foundation partnership Business First of Louisville - by Ben Adkins Staff Writer

Techshot Inc. officials plan to share the product- and technology-development company's expertise through a new partnership with the Purdue Research Foundation. Through the relationship, Techshot will advise startup companies at the Purdue Technology Center of Southeast Indiana, in New Albany, giving Techshot access to potential future clients and perhaps a portion of the proceeds from technologies the company helps commercialize.

Rich Boling, Techshot's vice president of corporate advancement, said as the startup companies expand in Southern Indiana, they could attract industry suppliers and service providers to the area, creating jobs and boosting the local economy in the process.

"The more tech activity that we can get in the region, the more we all benefit," he said.

'Gut check' for tech companies The partnership gives Boling office space at the New Albany park, one of four similar parks the foundation manages. Others are located in Indianapolis, West Lafayette and Merrillville, Ind. The four parks have a combined total of 204 companies, including eight companies at the New Albany location, according to the Web site www.purdueresearchpark.com. Techshot will provide a "gut check" to burgeoning technology companies at no cost to the companies or Purdue University, Boling said. This assistance could include helping companies assess the technical feasibility of products they want to develop, along with advice on fund-raising and help navigating the patenting process. "I think we?d be remiss if we didn?t try to pass along some lessons learned to folks," said Boling, whose company is 22 years old. "There?s a level of information that I think we could easily provide that is greatly valued by startups." John Hanak, statewide director of Purdue Technology Centers, said the partnership with Techshot likely will aid recruitment to the research parks by making new services available to client companies. "Techshot is really unique in that they understand the development of intellectual property. They understand the development of technology. They?ve had a (lot of) experience, obviously, commercializing technology," he said. "They are pretty unique in terms of the services they can provide." Obtaining government contracts. Through Purdue, Techshot also is willing to share its experience in obtaining federal Small Business Innovation Research contracts with other companies seeking that type of funding. For some companies, Boling said, Techshot would provide CAD renderings of those companies' developments to include in proposals for SBIR contracts. And for "the most promising technologies," Techshot might create the proposals, a cost equivalent of up to $25,000 in terms of the time spent to develop one proposal. Techshot does not expect to take an equity stake in the companies for which it makes proposals. But it would own some portion of the intellectual property so that it would receive future revenue in exchange for applying its expertise, Boling said. "If we?re going to share the risk, we want to share in the reward," he said. "How that would be split up, who knows?" He said Techshot wins about half of its Phase One SBIR proposals and 70 percent to 80 percent of Phase Two proposals. The company has won about 75 SBIR contracts -- which generated nearly $50 million in revenue -- during the past 19 years. Boling said agencies that review SBIR proposals look favorably on contractors with a history of commercializing products with government money, when compared with those with no or little experience doing so. "It gives our proposal a greater chance of being selected," he said. About 80 percent of the Techshot's revenue comes from government contracts, Boling said, and the rest comes from the private sector. Boling said the company hopes eventually to occupy office space at the other three Purdue parks, which would help the company develop relationships in other parts of the state. Assisting early-stage companies in the New Albany park might later lead to more formal client relationships for Techshot, he said. "Certainly, that?d be great." © American City Business Journals Inc. All rights reserved

Purdue Research Foundation, Techshot partner on program to help emerging technology startups | 7.16.10

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., NEW ALBANY, Ind. and GREENVILLE, Ind. ? Officials from Purdue Research Foundation and Techshot Inc. announced Thursday (July 15) that they will partner on a program designed to accelerate the development of emerging technology companies by leveraging Techshot?s unique technology commercialization capabilities.

Purdue Research Foundation, which manages the four-site Purdue Research Park network, and Techshot, a product and technology development company in Greenville, Ind., will coordinate specific technology assessment, product development, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) services to assist Purdue Research Park-based entrepreneurs.

"The foundation and Techshot have a proven track record in providing entrepreneurs with the essential facilities and services to be successful," said Joseph B. Hornett, senior vice president, treasurer and COO of the Purdue Research Foundation. "Our goal is to expand the services even further by collectively providing more opportunities to entrepreneurs, and, in turn, promoting the growth of high-tech companies in Indiana."

These services will complement the existing slate of advisory services available to Purdue Technology Center companies through its Purdue Portals program. Together, the enhanced service offerings are intended to accelerate new business growth by creating links between product research and commercial application.

As part of the partnership, officials from Techshot will have office space in the Purdue Research Park of Southeast Indiana and may eventually have office space in the Purdue Research Park locations in Indianapolis, West Lafayette and Merrillville. Techshot?s first spin-off, a medical device company called IKOTECH, was the first to move into the Purdue Technology Center of Southeast Indiana in New Albany.

"For 12 years, we have been in the business of helping entrepreneurs succeed, specifically focusing on research and development, design reviews, feasibility studies and prototyping," said Mark S. Deuser, co-founder and president of Techshot. "The partnership between Techshot and Purdue Research Foundation is unique in the sense that we are both in business to help other businesses. With that common goal, we anticipate that we will be able to move forward quickly with commercializing new technologies and getting new products to the public faster."

Techshot participating in Purdue Innovation Showcase July 13 | 7.13.10

Techshot will be showcasing its contract product development capabilities at the Innovation Showcase at the Purdue Technology Center of Indianapolis on July 13, 2010.  For more information about the Showcase click here.

Marine Corps evaluating Techshot Lighting's LED system in Morocco | 7.1.10

The United States Marine Corps is evaluating Techshot Lighting's new bright and efficient LED lighting system in Morocco.  Read more about exerciseAfrican Lion.

Techshot featured in Southern Indiana Business Source magazine | 6.22.10

Product and technology development company Techshot, and two of its spin-off companies, Techshot Lighting and IKOTECH, are featured in the Summer 2010 issue of Southern Indiana Business Source magazine.

Techshot CEO inducted into Floyd Central High School Hall of Fame | 5.11.10

Floyd Central inducts five members into hall of fame

By JEROD CLAPP

FLOYD COUNTY -- Floyd Central High School honored three alumni and two coaches at its inaugural Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday in the aschool's new foyer.

The five inductees were introduced with their accomplishments, in and out of Floyd Central, but all said they shared the same pride in their high school.

Joe Cerqueira was Floyd Central's first football coach, and continues to teach driver's education courses at the high school. He credited his success to the students he's worked with through the years.

"A lot of people say I started football here," Cerqueira said. "I didn't start this whole thing by myself, I had a great team who helped me."

Cerqueira said his team didn't know much about football starting out, and even put on their gear backwards or inside-out, but they worked hard for what they accomplished.

"We had to fend for ourselves," Cerqueira said. "Nothing was given to us, we had to go out and get it."

Even after being named conference coach of the year twice, Cerqueira said his proudest moment was a tie in the last game of his team's first season.

"It proved to me that I made the right choice," Cerqueira said. "You'd have thought we won the super bowl. I know we didn't win, but we didn't lose."

Mark Deuser graduated from Floyd Central in 1970, but was one of the first students to walk its halls when it opened in 1967. He served as a trainer alongside another inductee, Joe Hinton, on the school's basketball team.

Today, Deuser is the CEO of Techshot, a company he started about 25 years ago. Techshot has produced equipment for seven space shuttle missions and other products for commercial consumers.

Deuser said Techshot is a fairly unusual one for this area, but said he's proud he's been able to have about 30 Floyd Central graduates as employees or consultants for his company.

Though he sits atop a company, Deuser said he still remembers where he came from, and the help he got from Hinton.

"Joe taught me and gave me a lot of responsibility at a young age," Deuser said. "The other thing Joe gave me was that competitive edge." 

Another inductee was a decorated soldier who has flown several types of helicopters and participated in missions to help children in other countries.

Ed Guilford Jr., moved from Louisville with his family, and had attended all Catholic schools until they moved to the Floyd Central district.

Guilford said his family had a hard time deciding which school to send him to, but decided on Floyd Central because of the moral values of the people and the school.

Ron Endris, one of Guilford's teachers at Floyd Central, introduced him at the podium.

"Ed's not got a lot of room left on his chest for medals," Endris said. "I don't know what he's going to do if he keeps on working here."

Guilford said he was honored to be inducted with a celebrity, a CEO and two big coaches.

"When I think about the rest of the people who are being inducted today, I'm really just a regular guy compared to the rest of them," Guilford said.

The second coach honored, Hinton, was introduced by Glen Snow, president of Active Ankle Systems in Jeffersonville.

Snow said the statistics Hinton made for the school were admirable, but there was something else that kept him driven.

"It's not about wins, it's not about personal glory to Joe, and you can see that in the way he dresses and acts," Snow said. "It was about the kids."

Hinton, who said he didn't eat during the ceremony's dinner because he was so nervous, took the stage with some tears in his eyes.

"I thought I got most of this crying done," Hinton said. "I guess that's why I got to coach girls."

Hinton said coaching was a challenge initially because of the different communities and schools brought together when Floyd Central opened.

"When we started this school, you had your Georgetown kids and Floyds Knobs and Galena, and they were big rivals," Hinton said. "And I had to bring them together and make a team."

Hinton said being inducted to the hall of fame was an honor.

"I'm not politically right a lot of times," Hinton said. "But being picked for this by all the students...and everyone really means a lot to me."

Andrea Robinson, the fifth inductee for the Hall of Fame, wasn't present because of an event she was scheduled to appear for in Dallas.

Ray Weatherholt, a former faculty member at Floyd Central, read a letter of appreciation from Robinson.

Robinson is one of 15 Master Sommeliers in the world, and is the author of "Everyday Dining with Wine."

Donna Riley, chair of Floyd Central's Hall of Fame Committee, said it was hard to narrow down five inductees from 18 nominees.

"It was tough because everyone submitted deserved to be on that wall," Riley said.

 

Helping our Planet, One Renewable Energy Development at a Time | 5.10.10

Concerns for the environment are all around today, and for good reason. We have one Earth and we need to take care of it before it's too late. At Techshot, we agree, and that is why we love to help design renewable energy development solutions. We've applied our multi-discipline expertise to the development of a vast array of different custom alterative and green energy technologies. Within our realm of renewable energy development, we handle every aspect of the process including mechanical, electrical, and software-related aspects.

Whatever renewable energy development concept that you have, we at Techshot can help you to turn it into a reality. Our engineers will work to ensure that your design is as efficient as possible when it comes to both output and cost. Whether optimizing a wind turbine's sail and/or electronics to better harness wind energy, or automating hydrogen-on-demand systems, we can help you to realize your renewable energy goals. Contact us today for more information on how we can put our years of experience to work for you.

Custom Solutions with Research Equipment Development | 5.6.10

We at Techshot have proven time and again that we can deliver some of the best custom research equipment development solutions out there. Our clients include a long list filled with prestigious research labs including those for the U.S. government, universities, and commercial companies. It is no secret that our research equipment development meets the needs of these high profile clients and many others as well.

Most of our research equipment development centers on solutions that are mechanical, electrical, and software based. Some of these solutions are used for diagnostic and therapeutic research related to cancer, diabetes, vestibular disorders, and fundamental biology.

Also, most of our research equipment development solutions include automation. We all know that humans are prone to error, and that an automated process can help reduce inconsistencies. We can design automated research equipment development solutions for any needs.

If you find yourself in need of custom research equipment development solutions, turn to us at Techshot. Given our list of clients, you can be sure we are a top-notch company that is dedicated to quality and efficiency in every solution we provide. Let us put our research equipment development skills to use for you and your project.

Custom Solutions with Research Equipment Development | 3.31.10


Techshot named to High Impact Portfolio

GREENVILLE, Ind. (March 31, 2010) -- Techshot, Inc., a prototyping and new product development company, has been named to the High Impact Portfolio as one of the top fast-growth related companies headquartered in metropolitan Louisville, Ky.  The High Impact Program, a public/private partnership between Louisville Metro Government and Greater Louisville Inc.'s (GLI) ENTERPRISECORP, introduced the newest companies selected to the High Impact Portfolio during the State of Entrepreneurship Breakfast on March 31 at Louisville's historic Olmsted event center.

"The innovation and accomplishments of these companies during challenging economic times, demonstrates the significant contributions these fast-growth businesses are making to our regional economy," said GLI Senior Vice President Mark Crane. 

"These are some of the most exciting times we've experienced in the 20 year history of the company," said Techshot President and CEO Mark Deuser.  "The work we're doing with technologies as diverse as LED lighting and custom medical devices is some of our most innovative to date.  We're honored to be included among the outstanding companies recognized by GLI this year."

Collectively, High Impact Portfolio companies represent $2.3 billion in annual revenues; have a 36 percent average growth rate; have created nearly 3,000 new jobs in our region; and have invested $438 million over the last four years.

Techshot CEO elected to board of Indiana Health Industry Forum | 3.18.10

Indiana Health Industry Forum Welcomes New Board Members

INDIANAPOLIS (March 18, 2010) -- The Indiana Health Industry Forum (IHIF) announces the election of two new members to its board of directors. Mark S. Deuser, President, CEO and Co-Founder of Techshot, Inc. (Greenville, Ind.) and Todd G. Vare, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP (Indianapolis, Ind.) were elected during the organization's March 11 meeting. 

"The Indiana Health Industry Forum stands for supporting innovation across the state", said Dr. Joerg Schreiber, Chairman IHIF Board of Directors and President of White Arrow Consulting. "Both of these individuals personify Innovation and Commercialization in Indiana. They bring extensive backgrounds and experience in growing life science companies in Indiana and we are pleased to have them among the leadership of the Forum."

Mr. Mark Deuser serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Techshot, which is a provider of services to develop novel technologies for federal and university clients and high-tech products for private sector clients. He has guided and successfully grown Techshot to prominence, as acknowledged by numerous national awards and regional recognition, including being listed two consecutive years as Inc. Magazine's 500 fastest growing companies. Under his leadership, Techshot has become Indiana's leading recipient of SBIR awards with close to 70 awards to date.

Techshot's business model is to harvest its intellectual property by selling or licensing its technologies to companies that need high-tech profitable products. In some instances, Techshot's technology has been licensed to its own spin-off companies. For example, Mr. Deuser is the co-founder of and investor in IKOTECH (www.ikotech.com), another Indiana-based small business intent on selling medical devices using novel cell purification techniques for stem cell treatments and other cellular therapeutics to bring cutting-edge therapies from the laboratory bench to the bedside.

Todd Vare is a partner in the Intellectual Property Department of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, where he concentrates his practice in the litigation of patent disputes and counseling on the protection of intellectual property assets. Mr. Vare has litigated patent disputes covering a wide variety of technologies, including gene sequencing, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, telecommunications, software programs and processes, cellular antenna systems, and mechanical devices. Mr. Vare also has litigated a variety of other intellectual property and business disputes in state and federal courts involving trade secrets, copyright, software performance, software licenses, employee non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, and rights of publicity. He is a frequent speaker on trial and litigation techniques, multi-media trial presentation strategies, and electronic discovery. 

Mr. Vare is co-chairman the firm's Nanotechnology Group and Business and Technology (BTech) Group. He also is an active member of the firm's Life Sciences Group. In these roles, Mr. Vare counsels clients on a variety of matters along the pathway of "concept to commercialization" in the life sciences and technology industries, as well as the application of nanotechnology to these and other industry sectors. His client counseling includes IP protection, computer and software protection, e-commerce processes,

For a complete listing of the board of directors of the Indiana Health Industry Forum, please visit http://www.ihif.org/contacts/board

About IHIF

The diverse members of the Indiana Health Industry Forum generate the collective voice of the state's health and life science industry. The Forum connects key stakeholders to enhance business networks, advocate for member interests, develop workforce skills, and provide strategic vision in the interest of growing the state's health industry economy and reputation. IHIF is the Indiana affiliate of the Biotechnology Industry Organization. To learn more, please visit www.ihif.org or contact IHIF at 317.278.9970.

Techshot awarded $328,000 Army Contract | 3.1.10

GREENVILLE, Ind. (March 1, 2010) -- Techshot has earned a $328,000 one year contract from the U.S. Army's Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) to advance the company's solid-state shelter lighting technology for field applications. It is the third development contract awarded Techshot by the Army for shelter lighting, and the seventh overall earned for light emitting diode (LED) lighting projects.

"This contract represents a terrific vote of confidence by the customer for our novel approach to LED lighting development," said Techshot Executive Vice President and COO John Vellinger. "Our system is exceptionally bright, energy efficient and long lasting -- typically five times longer than fluorescent tubes."

The current design of Techshot's LED shelter lighting system (SLS) is able to fill a workspace with 50 percent more light than a comparable fluorescent solution, while consuming less energy.

"On the battlefield, the fewer gallons of fuel consumed to support lighting needs the better," said Techshot Business Development Director James Cherry. "Ours not only is more efficient than fluorescent systems, it also is extremely robust and will survive the rigors of deployment much longer than the tent itself. In fact, virtually no logistical support will be required during its nearly 100,000 hour expected life. This equates to a very low total life cycle cost per unit."

Prototype SLS units have been in beta test for several months. Under this latest contract, the company will incorporate the resulting recommendations and develop an improved pre-production design. Pre-production units then will undergo the Army's rigorous design verification and validation process, including use by soldiers in the field. Collected data will be used to enhance the design in terms of functionality and efficiency while reducing production costs.

"Worldwide, approximately $50 million is spent each year on lighting systems for portable shelters such as tents," said Cherry. "The U.S. Department of Defense alone spends nearly $40 million each year on old-technology fluorescent lights."

Cherry expects the first mass-produced units to be available for purchase in the U.S. by mid 2010. Although exact retail prices have not been set, they are expected to be near that of comparable fluorescent systems. LED lighting is ideal for all sorts of "green" applications, given its long life and superior energy efficiency, and the Techshot design team already is looking at ways to transition SLS technology from the field to fixed facilities.

"The desire is to design an easy electrical and mechanical fit, within existing wiring configurations and luminaire form factors, to minimize the conversion effort," said COO Vellinger. "High intensity drop-in LED lighting fixtures could be a significant part of any government and/or commercial organization's solution for dramatically reducing energy costs." Rather than designing the diodes themselves, Techshot excels at developing custom applications for them. Other LED product development projects include an infrared LED-based flare, explosion-proof LED lighting, LED aircraft position lights and automotive LED units, which incorporate sonar sensors.

Power Management System Design: Practical Private Sector Uses | 2.1.10

The onset of power management system design was primarily due to the military and other governmental agencies. Battlefields particular have greatly expanded the need for power management system design solutions that are highly transportable. In a battlefield situation, there is no doubt you need every technology available to you to work properly and function effectively. With Techshot's power management system design solutions that were developed for military use, you can be sure you are getting just what you need with dependability and reliability.

Our work in the field of power management system design has given horizons to even more applications other than just military use. We have applied the expertise gained from such projects in a number of alternative energy projects. Power management system design is also an integral part of various green technologies. Regardless of your needs, Techshot is sure to provide you with the best power management system design solutions for you.

Techshot in the news: Inside Indiana Business | 2.1.10

An Indiana-company with 20 years of experience developing equipment for air and space research is entering a new -- and equally fascinating -- frontier: deep sea research. Located just north of Louisville inside the Indiana border, Techshot is creating a system to retrieve animals from as deep as 2,000 meters -- more than a mile -- under the sea and safely bring those animals to surface laboratories for study. The equipment is the first of its kind and will give researchers newfound capabilities.

The two-year, $400,000 contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the product development company's first significant step in providing research equipment for scientists studying marine life. However, company leaders say there are many similarities in developing aerospace and deep sea research equipment.

"It's very expensive to launch [space mission] payloads, so there's a lot of specialty equipment that has to be condensed to an extremely lightweight package," says Todd Fricke, project manager at Techshot. "The same is true for the system we're designing for NOAA's underwater research. The only thing out there right now weighs about 1,500 pounds and requires a dedicated sailing mission to take it out, drop it in the bottom of the ocean and then retrieve it, which is very expensive."

The system Techshot is designing weighs one-tenth of that amount; about 150 pounds. Approximately the size of a beach ball, the spherical chamber is enclosed in a square frame and can be mounted on a submersible (small three-man submarine) and taken underwater.

While small in size, the company believes the equipment will have a significant impact on deep sea research. In the past, scientists struggled to bring marine life from its high-pressure, natural deep sea environment to the surface while keeping the specimen alive.

"When you go to the bottom of the ocean, collect a specimen and close the lid on the jar, the pressure around the container drops when you return to the surface. The container will, likewise, attempt to go down in pressure," says Fricke. "If you don't have controls in place and a container designed to manage that, the pressure will drop to levels that are detrimental to the specimen inside."

While researchers have equipment in surface laboratories to obtain the desired pressure, they had no way of transporting the specimens from the ocean floor to their labs while maintaining a pressure level that sustains life for optimum research. The system Techshot is developing will provide a chamber with a pressure of 4,500 pounds per square inch -- a level very close to equipment Techshot has already developed for aerospace research.

"Another challenge of the project is the system has to be operated by not only the lab technician, but the robotic arms on the front of the submarine," says Fricke. "It adds a great deal of complexity to the design; it has to be elegantly simple. There are a lot of motions we take for granted that are very difficult to replicate using a robotic arm."

Fricke says NOAA will use the system to bring various fish species, coral and living rock to its surface laboratories to study. For example, scientists could use the marine life to learn more about extremophiles, organisms that thrive in extreme conditions such as low oxygen levels undersea.

Techshot's Vice President of Corporate Advancement Rich Boling says the system could have many applications beyond studies conducted by NOAA researchers, possibly sparking a new business unit for the company. Techshot has received interest from universities around the country that conduct underwater research, and they also hope to pursue international research teams.

"I think our eclectic experience is what gives Techshot a great advantage," says Boling. "Maybe we don't have a lot of experience in undersea research equipment, but we've done a lot in aerospace equipment, life sciences equipment and so many other varied industries. We can take the best of what we've learned across all these industries, meaning the latest thing we do is always the best thing we've ever done."

Techshot plans to complete the project and deliver the equipment to NOAA in the fall of 2010, giving scientists newfound opportunities to study the physiology of creatures living a mile below the water's surface.

Custom Solutions for Custom Medical Device Development | 1.5.10

Our custom medical device development has attracted a growing clientele over the last several years. The list includes government-funded agencies as well as private medical practices. What they are seeking is something different and that is just what we can give them with our custom medical device development.

Our custom medical device development is entirely customizable to precisely what our client wants. Our expertise in this is what drives clients to choose Techshot over all others. Every one of our solutions is a one-of-a-kind device and is designed to the exactly to the specifications of each customer. When you choose us for your custom medical device development, what you get is equipment and/or devices that have capabilities other off-the-shelf equipment simply cannot offer.

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