Press Release, Aug 25, 2019


Gate Scientific Awarded Competitive Grant from the National Science Foundation SBIR

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Gate Scientific Awarded Competitive Grant from the National Science Foundation SBIR for its patented wireless smartSENSE® pH sensing stir bar

Press Release – Milpitas, Aug 25, 2019

Gate Scientific ( has been awarded a National Science Foundation development (R&D) grant for work on the patented wireless smartSENSE stir bar enabling continuous monitoring of pH levels and temperature in lab formulations. 

Making continuous pH monitoring available on the lab bench at an affordable cost, provides several benefits to many industries where there is a need for tight process control, documentation and reproducibility - in particular in regulated environments, fermentation and cell research.  

“NSF is proud to support the technology of the future by thinking beyond incremental developments and funding the most creative, impactful ideas across all markets and areas of science and engineering,” said Andrea Belz, Division Director of the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships at NSF. “With the support of our research funds, any deep technology startup or small business can guide basic science into meaningful solutions that address tremendous needs.” 

“The wireless technology incorporated into the smartSENSE pH stir bar forms the basis for a revolutionary paradigm shift in our customers' ability to obtain tight thermal control and constant pH monitoring of any reaction, formulation, bioprocess or titration – even in a completely sealed environment”, says Kris Scaboo, CTO of Gate Scientific. 

Once a small business is awarded a Phase I SBIR/STTR grant (up to $225,000), it becomes eligible to apply for a Phase II grant (up to $750,000). Small businesses with Phase II grants are eligible to receive up to $500,000 in additional matching funds with qualifying third-party investment or sales. 

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About the National Science Foundation's Small Business Programs: America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF awards $200 million annually to startups and small businesses, transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact. Startups working across almost all areas of science and technology can receive up to $1.5 million in non-dilutive funds to support research and development (R&D), helping de-risk technology for commercial success. America’s Seed Fund is congressionally mandated through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The NSF is an independent federal agency with a budget of about $8.1 billion that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering.

About Gate Scientific, Inc.: Life science and diagnostic industry veterans Morten J Jensen and Kris Scaboo founded Gate Scientific in Silicon Valley. Since 2015, Gate Scientific has been designing products that enable great research and improve healthcare decisions. By bringing to market intuitive solutions that simplify complex problems, we allow for the latest technologies to benefit more people.

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