Charlotte-area businesses receive state tech grants

OneNCSBFRALEIGH — Two technology companies in the Charlotte are have been awarded grants from the state’s One North Carolina Small Business Fund, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce. Akoustis, Inc., of Cornelius and Corvid Technologies, LLC of Mooresville were among the recipients.

“North Carolina faces tremendous competition from other states who want our budding high-growth, high-wage companies,” Gov. Pat McCrory said in a statement. “These grants help keep North Carolina in the race for our next home-grown success story.”

Akoustis was awarded $50,000 for the development of more efficient and effective components for mobile devices. Corvid Technologies also received $50,000, for new military vehicle armor that is stronger, cheaper, less conspicuous and lighter.

Recipients of One North Carolina Small Business Fund grants must first have been awarded a highly competitive federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) award, the Commerce department said.

“North Carolina is a great place to grow technology companies,” Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla said in a statement. “These small businesses will advance the technology in the fields of health care, defense and agriculture. These small businesses will someday become big businesses employing many people.”

Other grant recipients included:

  • Affinergy, LLC of Durham: $50,000 for a test measuring the hormone hepcidin responsible for regulating iron concentration levels in blood, thereby helping to diagnose renal disease, cancer, inflammatory diseases, and heart disease.
  • Camras Vision, Inc. of Durham: $50,000 for development of an adjustable pressure control device that is inserted in the eye to reduce harmful eye pressure of glaucoma patients.
  • Edison Agrosciences of Durham: $45,000 to develop a new DNA transfer method for easier, cheaper gene manipulation of plants.
  •  Kepley Biosystems, Inc. of Greensboro: $50,000 for a commercial non-fish crab and lobster lure, thereby saving fish stocks, the source of existing lures.
  • Keranetics, LLC of Winston Salem: $49,967 to create local application of pain medicine to combat burns, freeing soldiers from current oral, addicting pain killers.
  • TriboFilm Research, Inc. of Raleigh: $50,000 for an improved silicone lubrication system for pre-filled syringes, reducing silicone contamination during medicine delivery.
  • Xintek Inc. of Durham: $50,000 for a high-resolution three-dimensional dental X-ray imaging system with low ray dose and cost.
  • Zen-Bio, Inc. of Durham: $50,000 to use adult “brown fat” (Brown Adipoxyte Tissue) to manipulate metabolism to fight obesity and related diseases.
  • Roundtable Analytics, LLC of Durham: $50,000 to develop decision-support software that improves emergency department performance.