PiQuant Receives a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant, the Grand Challenges Explorations Program

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PiQuant has been Selected as an Innovation Partner to Improve Water Quality and Sanitation in Developing Countries

PiQuant has been selected as a grantee for the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) challenge of the Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) program operated by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

PiQuant is a company that develops components detection solutions based on spectroscopy. PiQuant’s technology analyzes water contamination by interpreting the inherent light reflectance that all material posses, and enables immediate confirmation of its safety and whether it can be consumed or not.

PiQuant’s unique technology has been recognized as a technology that can contribute to the enhancement of drinking water safety in developing countries after a year of review of its technicality and commercialization potential by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

"The reality is that 2.1 billion people around the world are still unable to drink clean water and more than 3.4 million of them suffer from water-borne diseases," said Pi Do-yeon, CEO of PiQuant. “Since the improvement of drinking water quality in developing countries is considered as the top priority of the foundation, we will contribute to solving public health problems by commercializing drinking water testing devices and a real-time water quality monitoring system as soon as possible, with their support.”

About PiQuant
PiQuant develops and manufactures components detection sensors and devices utilizing light. The sensor can measure material at a molecular level whether it is liquid, solid or gas. It has high portability as it can be used anywhere, at any time and has dramatically reduced costs compared to existing equipment. Based on sensor technology that detects harmful substances, PiQuant is currently conducting joint research with global companies and has been selected as the best company in MWC 4YFN IoT field that was held in Barcelona in 2017, won the Most Innovative Company award at Seedstars Summit that competes with 75 leading companies worldwide in 2018, the Korea Foodcup award of the Ministry of SMEs and Startup, and the 1st prize at the Austrian government's Go Austria Program. It is working with companies in various fields, including home appliances, smart farms, smart cities, smart factories, and healthcare, and is also developing melamine scanners to check powder milk safety, environmental quality monitoring systems and food scanners to check food safety.

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