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Ascenion and the GSF commercialize new system for soil analysis together with the environmental engineering company UGT:

23.05.2007 - (idw) GSF - Forschungszentrum für Umwelt und Gesundheit

May 23, 2007, Munich - The department for environmental engineering at the National Research Center for Environment and Health (GSF) in Neuherberg has developed a new system for soil analysis in cooperation with the company Umwelt-Geräte-Technik GmbH (UGT). The system has been patented in the name of GSF and UGT with Ascenion's assistance and exclusively licensed to UGT for commercial applications. UGT, a mid-sized company operating successfully in the field of environmental measuring devices for over 15 years, will market the system to commercial users world wide. The patented technology consists of a soil retriever that, for the first time, allows large-volume cores of earth to be removed from lysimeters without destroying the existing stratification and structure of the soil. Lysimeters are stainless steel cylinders around 2 to 4 metres in height that are filled with soil and inserted into the ground in order to study the behaviour and transport of substances in soil. Access points above ground allow soil, gas and water samples to be taken, and numerous sensors to be inserted that can provide information on various soil parameters. The stratification and structure of the soil in large-volume cores is also of scientific interest. Such data have not previously been available, as the soil profile was destroyed using conventional sampling procedures. This has changed thanks to the new soil retriever: the soil core is first loosened from the walls of the lysimeter and then cut into ring segments of the desired size that can be examined one by one in a structurally unaltered state.

Lysimeters are used at the GSF to study the effects of global climate change on soil. "But there are many industrial applications for which this soil retriever is of great interest," explained Dr Christian Stein, CEO of Ascenion GmbH. For example, there are applications in agriculture, forestry, water and waste management, or in soil decontamination and the reclaiming of disused landfill and mining sites. "We are delighted that, through this cooperation and licence agreement with UGT, we have been able to find commercial applications for an environmental technology. In this way, the GSF can generate income with its invention that can be reinvested in extending its own research projects. We also see great potential for the development of new environmental technologies at the GSF," continued Dr Stein.

"We have come to appreciate Ascenion as a fair mediator between public research and industry," commented Dr Manfred Seyfarth, CEO of UGT. "As a result of our licence agreement, we can offer the fruits of our successful research cooperation with the GSF exclusively to our industrial partners, and are already seeing considerable interest." The soil retrieval system has already found one successful industrial application, in connection with the analysis of ground contamination.

Background information

GSF - Forschungszentrum für Umwelt und Gesundheit
The GSF contributes to the foundation of Future Medicine and Health Care as well as Ecosystems, which are of critical importance for health. Our focus is on chronic degenerative diseases like lung diseases, allergies, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases that are influenced to a large extent by environmental conditions, personal risk factors, and life style. Therefore, in order to generatea knowledge base, we analyse interactions between genetic disposition, biological systems, and environmental factors. This will lead to the development of new personalised approaches in prevention, diagnostics, and causal therapy - the future direction of medicine. Our strategy is based on translational approaches that bridge basic research with clinical application to provide an immediate benefit to the patient. Further information: www.gsf.de

Ascenion GmbH
Ascenion is a patent management agency focused on the life sciences. Ascenion supports and advises scientists and research institutions with regard to the protection and exploitation of their intellectual property (patents, know-how, materials), and initiates and mediates license agreements between research institutions and industry. Among Ascenion's particular strengths are start-up coaching and active investment management. Ascenion is a 100% subsidiary of the Life-Science Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Research and the exclusive commercialization partner of 13 research institutes in the Helmholtz and Leibniz Associations, and also of the Hanover Medical School. Ascenion's headquarters are in Munich, with further offices in Berlin, Braunschweig, Hamburg, Hanover and Neuherberg. Further information at www.ascenion.de.

UGT Umwelt-Geräte-Technik GmbH
Umwelt-Geräte-Technik GmbH is a mid-sized company operating successfully in the field of environmental measuring devices for over 15 years. UGT's interdisciplinary team of engineers, scientists and technicians develop and produce innovative devices of high functionality and quality with laboratory and field applications. Further information at www.ugt-online.de/.


Contact:

GSF - Forschungszentrum für Umwelt und Gesundheit
Communikations
Tel: +49 (0)89-3187-2460, Fax 089/3187-3324
E-Mail: oea@gsf.de

Ascenion GmbH
Dr Peter Ruile, COO
T: +49 (0)89 318814-14, E: ruile@ascenion.de
Ascenion GmbH, Herzogstr. 64, 80803 München
Weitere Informationen: http://www.gsf.de/neu/Aktuelles/Presse/2007/lysimeterpatent_en.php
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