A Better, Cheaper Treatment for Poisonous Snake Bites

Brad Brooks and Zhiguo Zhou, Luna Labs Venomous snakes are found all over the world.  In the tropical world, where they are most abundant and there is limited access to emergent medical care, they are a significant threat to public health. The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated “snakebites” as a Neglected Tropical Disease, seriously injuring 2.7 million men, women and children, and claiming some…Read More

Luna’s Corrosion and Coating Evaluation System is an Air Force SBIR Success Story

Reducing the Costs of Aircraft Corrosion Corrosion prevention and control represents a significant driver of costs for the United States Armed Forces.  For the Air Force alone, multi-billion dollar annual expenditures are needed to combat corrosion of aircraft.  The most effective means of corrosion control is through protective coatings.  In partnership with the Air Force though the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program Luna has…Read More

Luna’s Sprayable Adhesion Barrier Hydrogel to be presented at the Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting

Lauren Costella, Research SpecialistChristopher Tison, PhD, Team LeaderBiomedical Technologies Group Postoperative Adhesions Prevention Remains a Critical Problem Adhesions typically form following surgery when normal wound healing is interrupted by contact between injured and neighboring tissues. This results in the formation of fibrous connections that permanently attach neighboring tissues and typically causes pain, bowel obstruction, infertility, and increased difficulty in subsequent surgical procedures. With 44% of…Read More

Luna’s Dissolvable Swabs can Revolutionize Crime Scene Investigations

Forensic Swabs Do Not Perform as Needed in Criminal Investigations Forensic swabs are routinely used by crime scene investigators and forensic scientists for the collection of a wide range of evidence types for analysis (Figure 1). Collecting biological samples for subsequent DNA analysis is one of the primary uses for forensic swabs. These swabs are used to adsorb blood, saliva, sexual assault evidence, and what…Read More

CouNT Assay to Quantitatively Measure and Detect Carbon Nanotubes

Zhiguo Zhou, Ph.D.Director of Luna Nanomaterials Group The enormous potential of carbon nanotubes (CNT) and their successful incorporation in commercial products including bulk composite materials and thin films have dramatically increased their production worldwide to more than 10,000 metric tons per year. As with many new materials, toxicology concerns are being raised with CNTs regarding their interactions with humans and any safety hazards and environmental…Read More

Luna’s Base Ensemble Uniform Technology on Display on Capitol Hill

First responders in the police, fire, and EMS community commonly enter situations with unknown threats wearing only standard duty uniforms.  These uniforms offer little to no protection against atypical threats.  Higher level protection is available with Multi-threat Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and it is capable of withstanding chemical/biological, cut, and puncture hazards, but they either do not exist in one garment or are bulky and…Read More

Luna’s Assay Tests Water Quality Four Times Faster than Existing Methods

Christopher Tison, PhD, Senior Research Scientist and Biomedical Technologies Team LeadNathaniel Talley, Associate ScientistBiomedical Technologies Group Detection of E. coli is Inefficient and Costly The presence of Escherichia coli (E. coli) is one of the more critical indicators of water quality and is used as a direct indicator of fecal contamination. However, existing detection methods are costly, time-consuming, require laboratory expertise, and take up to…Read More

Luna’s Synthetic Bandages for the Treatment of Ocular Trauma to be presented at World Biomaterials Congress

Lauren Costella, Associate ScientistChristopher Tison, PhD, Team LeaderBiomedical Technologies Group Ocular Injuries are Widespread and Inefficiently Treated Up to two million people sustain ocular trauma that threatens to reduce or eliminate their vision each year. The likelihood of maintaining normal vision is directly related to immediate management of the injury. Having access to the appropriate ocular repair dressing, cleansing solutions and antibiotics is therefore critical…Read More

Reducing Prescription Opioid Addiction with Controlled Release Bandages

Christopher Tison, PhD, Senior Research ScientistBiomedical Technologies Group Opioid Dependence is a Critical Public Health Crisis Since 2003, deaths from drug overdose have increased in almost every county in the United States. This growing public health crisis has been routinely reported on over the last several years, and the federal government has very recently published the first national standards for prescription painkillers. In 2014, the…Read More

Small Business Administration features Luna in recent “Success Story”

Bryan Koene, PhD The Small Business Administration recently wrote an exclusive SBIR/STTR Success Story highlighting Luna Innovations’ ongoing accomplishments in transitioning government funded programs to commercial products. The success story, available here, describes Luna’s durable rain repellent coating, developed under a Navy Phase II SBIR program, and chosen for transition to the Commercialization Readiness Program (CRP) for Air Force F-16 canopies. Luna’s rain repellent coatings…Read More