FREDsense Technologies is a water instrumentation company building fast, portable and incredibly easy to use chemical sensors using the power of biology. FREDsense rivals analytical lab data, requires no sample preparation and represents a method for scalable analysis. With traction in the wastewater remediation, environmental consulting, and utilities markets, FREDsense is a disruptive technology changing how we think about what's in our water.

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FREDsense is re-engineering the method behind chemical detection. We produce sensors based on bioengineered bacteria. We genetically modify the organism to sense a chemical of interest and get the bacteria to produce electrical signals. We package these organisms into portable field kits, including a one-time use cartridge system and a mobile detector unit. The operator fills the cartridge with water and places it into the mobile detector unit. After about 45 minutes the unit wirelessly transmits the chemical information as well as the location and time of sampling to a decision maker.

What is your innovation's value proposition?

Do you know what is in your water? The truth is you probably don't and finding out can be difficult. Today, water monitoring is done by sending a trained operator to a water site, taking water samples and shipping them to off-site analytical labs. This means there can be a 3-5 day delay to receive your chemistry information prior to making a decision that effects your sites. At FREDsense we are designing portable field units that provide this information at the site. Additionally, our systems are incredibly easy for operators to use and provide analytical lab quality data that you can trust. 

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Generating reliable water quality data in the field has been a major challenge for almost every industry. By having a portable field kit that can achieve this FREDsense is uniquely positioned to help major utilities, companies, and impact organizations rapidly measure chemistry information in close to real-time. We believe that this can help sustain communities, generate a voice for individuals and groups that are concerned about water quality in their environment, and establish new ways of quickly generating water quality information for large or complex industry projects.

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FREDsense has worked with public utility operators across the USA to perform testing on water samples to demonstrate the effectiveness of our water instrumentation system.

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At FREDsense we are currently piloting our first testing system for arsenic with water utilities in North America. We have had deployments several small scale deployments and are looking to build a water quality database specifically for groundwater arsenic sources. Additionally we are working with Canadian mining companies to build custom solutions to environmental monitoring requirements across abandoned gold mines.

What is your strategy for expanding use of your innovation?

Presently we are looking to perform field pilots with our instruments at groundwater sites across North America. Because of our bioengineered organism approach, we have the ability to customize our chemical sensing solutions to virtually any chemical of interest meaning that we can generate solutions to a number of challenges on a global scale. We anticipate growing our initial arsenic sensor across various industries and water utilities in North America while simultaneously launching new sensor products into the market.

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We are looking for pilot and development partners who can help us identify the next sensors we should build out on the platform and provide sites to perform testing with our system.

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