Water Work

A Dayton, Ohio, startup wants to develop a home-use water filtration device using Air Force-developed technology. InfiniPure made a patent licensing agreement with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, so it can use technology designed to filter oxygen from jet fuel to filter water, according to an 88th Air Base Wing release. Under the five-year agreement, the company will have exclusive use of the patent for its purpose in exchange for royalty payments to the service. The student-run company itself was also created with AFRL’s help. The group came across the ion exchange filtration technology while taking part in the Technology Acceleration Program created by The Entrepreneurs Center, the Wright Brothers Institute, and AFRL’s Small Business Office. The startup is currently developing a prototype and recently won $15,000 in funding through a business plan competition, but is seeking additional funding sources.