Columbia, SC (PRWEB) January 23, 2013
Multivariate Optical Element innovator Cirtemo announced today that Dr. Ryan Priore has joined the company as chief technology officer. Dr. Priore will lead all aspects of commercializing and advancing Cirtemo’s patented Multivariate Optical Element technology platform.
“We are very excited about Dr. Priore joining our team.” said Jason Williamson, Cirtemo founder. “As one of the very top Multivariate Optical Element experts in the world, Ryan has deep application knowledge and experience of designing and applying Multivariate Optical Element based systems for real world applications. From digital DNA Sequencing and industrial sensors to medicals devices and hyperspectral imaging systems, Ryan and our Optical Filter and Systems Manufacturing partners are pioneering new technology that will have direct impact on industries and applications that touch our lives every day.”
Cirtemo designs and manufactures patented optical filters, called Multivariate Optical Elements, which are encoded to detect/measure complex chemical compounds and attributes. Its patented Multivariate Optical Element platform enables optical systems to perform high value detection and analysis at the speed of light, to a variety of industries, including (but not limited to) life sciences, chemicals, medical devices, agriculture, food and beverage, pet nutrition, environmental, plastics, semi-conductor and multiple cleantech applications.
“The Multivariate Optical Element platform is very powerful and it’s exciting to be working with optical filter and optical system manufacturers from all around the globe to build next generation Multivariate Optical Element based optical systems and components,” said Priore, chief technology officer of Cirtemo. “Most people know about the Multivariate Optical Element platform for enabling industrial photometers to make laboratory grade spectroscopic measurements to provide real-time and inline chemical monitoring and process control solutions for industrial processes; however, now our partners are leveraging our patented Multivariate Optical Element platform into optical systems for all sorts of novel applications.”
Prior to joining Cirtemo, Dr. Priore served as director of biomedical research and development at ChemImage (Pittsburgh, PA). He also held previous roles at as director of applications and contracts services and he was a senior application engineer at Ometric (Columbia, S.C.). He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he earned his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry.
Cirtemo is primarily partnering with Optical Filter Manufacturers (OFMs) and Optical Component and System Manufacturers (OCSMs). The Multivariate Optical Element platform allows OFMs and OCSMs to differentiate their offerings with a well-protected IP position and enable their customers to tackle new applications that are not possible with traditional optical filters and coatings. Cirtemo is also engaged with key collaborators who are working to develop Multivariate Optical Element based systems for next generation gas sensing, hyper-spectral imaging, and other high value applications.
Cirtemo is the second company to be founded to commercialize the patented Multivariate Optical Element platform that was invented by Dr. Michael Myrick at the University of South Carolina. Prior to founding Cirtemo, Williamson founded Ometric in 2005. Ometric successfully commercialized the Multivariate Optical Element platform in a wide variety of large industrial sectors, including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, pet nutrition, mining, food and many others. The company was sold to Halliburton in 2011. Although the exact sale price of Ometric is considered confidential, Halliburton paid over eight figures ($XXM) for the company, and the transaction generated the largest royalty payment in history ever paid to the University of South Carolina ($2.7M).
Cirtemo designs and manufactures patented optical filters, called Multivariate Optical Elements, which are encoded to detect/measure complex chemical compounds and attributes. Cirtemo’s patented Multivariate Optical Element platform enables optical systems to perform high value detection and analysis at the speed of light, to a variety of industries, including life sciences, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, medical devices, agriculture, food and beverage, pet nutrition, environmental, plastics, and multiple cleantech applications. For more information, visit http://www.cirtemo.com or call 803-467-4189.