01. Hybrid Silica Technologies, Inc. (HST) Founded to commercialize CU Dots Fluorescent Nanoparticles

Several years ago, Ulrich B. Wiesner, Materials Science and Engineering, and Ph.D. candidate Hooisweng Ow created CU Dots fluorescent nanoparticles. These tiny glowing particles, which approximate the brightness and size of quantum dots without the toxicity, have provided the basis for a new company, Hybrid Silica Technologies, Inc. (HST). With the help of Cornell alumnus Kenneth W. Wang, Wiesner and Ow founded HST to commercialize CU Dots and other related technologies from the Wiesner research group. The company will focus initially on developing the commercial potential of CU Dots for use in bio-imaging and biosensing products. There are plans to explore, in collaboration with the Wiesner group, the many other potential applications of CU Dots, such as use in displays, as drug delivery vehicles, and as additives for plastics, inks, and paints.

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