The technology is based on an advanced scientific understanding of how
two-winged blood-feeding insects, e.g. mosquitos and black flies,
utilize their olfactory neurons to detect carbon dioxide (CO2)
emissions from animals and humans. CO2, which is a major component in
human and animal breath, attracts the insect to its prey.
Developed by Anandasankar Ray, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of UC
Riverside's Department of Entomology, the technology can be used as a
repellent by inhibiting the detection of CO2 or as a trap by
stimulating the detection of CO2. This radical new approach to fighting
the transmission of infectious disease from blood-feeding insects is
inexpensive and easy to produce, and uses chemicals that are safe and
effective at the low concentrations required for these applications.
"We are excited to be working with Dr. Ray and his team at UC
Riverside," said Amro Albanna, CEO of OlFactor Laboratories, Inc. and
Avisio, Inc. "We look forward to shepherding the technology from its
current technical feasibility status to full commercialization."
"We are fortunate to have a partner that understands the impact this
new technology may have on millions of people around the world," said
Craig Sheward, UC Riverside's Assistant Vice Chancellor for Technology
Commercialization. "The company's ability to take this technology from
the lab to a commercially viable product is of paramount importance as
we move forward."