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SHSU Company Receives Recognition By Wall Street Journal

Sept. 27, 2010
SHSU Media Contact: Julia May

A company founded by Sam Houston State University to manufacture, distribute and license its portable wastewater-treatment system has been recognized for technology innovation by the Wall Street Journal.

Active Water Sciences LLC of Palestine was named in the Journal's Technology Innovation Awards competition, which sought out the most innovative problem-solving technology in 17 categories.

Sam Houston State University owns the patents and intellectual property associated with the water treatment system and is a major owner of Active Water Sciences, along with the system’s inventors, who are current and former university employees.

The award recognizes the commercialization of laboratory research and subsequent development that led to the creation of a portable, self-contained wastewater-treatment system — the Water Phoenix — that can convert municipal wastewater into effluent that meets U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards in less than 24 hours, producing little to no sludge.

Active Water Sciences was recognized in the “environment” category along with the winner, NanoH20 Inc. based in California, and Ceracasa SA and FMC Foret SA of Spain and ClimateWell AB of Sweden.

The Journal received 597 applications from companies, organizations and individuals in 30 countries. Editors at the Journal reviewed the entries and sent approximately 275 to a panel of judges from research institutions, venture-capital firms and other companies. The judges then selected 49 entries for awards in 17 categories.

“This was a international competition from the big players in the different categories, for example Microsoft for IT, etcetera, so we were up against venture-capital folks and other well-financed and powerful organizations,” said Sabin Holland, director of Innovative Programs at SHSU.

For the complete article naming all the award recipients, see http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703904304575497473735761294.html.



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