NanoGuard is a Missouri LLC formed in 2014 to develop High Voltage Atmospheric Cold Plasma Technology (HVACP). This technology represents a platform that can be applied across many markets including, fresh produce, foods, meat, grains, water treatment, and medical sterilization to name a few.

Cold plasma is a highly energized gas stream that is formed by exposing the gas to a high voltage. This high voltage strips electrons from the gas molecules and forms Reactive Gas Species (RGS) that have antimicrobial activity that can be used to reduce the natural micro flora that exist on food products. The natural micro flora can consist of bacteria, yeast, molds and fungi, some of which may be pathogenic to humans and animals and can lead to food-borne illness. Once the plasma is de-energized the reactive gas species return to their native state leaving no residues on the treated product.

The company has focused on advancing the technology in treating post harvest grain products du...
NanoGuard is a Missouri LLC formed in 2014 to develop High Voltage Atmospheric Cold Plasma Technology (HVACP). This technology represents a platform that can be applied across many markets including, fresh produce, foods, meat, grains, water treatment, and medical sterilization to name a few.

Cold plasma is a highly energized gas stream that is formed by exposing the gas to a high voltage. This high voltage strips electrons from the gas molecules and forms Reactive Gas Species (RGS) that have antimicrobial activity that can be used to reduce the natural micro flora that exist on food products. The natural micro flora can consist of bacteria, yeast, molds and fungi, some of which may be pathogenic to humans and animals and can lead to food-borne illness. Once the plasma is de-energized the reactive gas species return to their native state leaving no residues on the treated product.

The company has focused on advancing the technology in treating post harvest grain products during further processing into products that eventually end up in the consumer or animal nutrition markets. The technology has been demonstrated to reduce the microbial load on these products, improving food quality and safety, increasing shelf life and reducing spoilage. The technology has also been demonstrated to reduce mycotoxins in contaminated grains and render them non-detectable by the current state of the art analytical methods used to analyze for them in these grain samples.

The market potential for this technology in these market segments has been estimated at $1.1 Billion. The US grains and oil seed milling and the animal feed manufacturing markets are estimated at $52 Billion and $32 Billion in 2006 in a report published by the US department of Commerce. The FAO estimates that 1 billion tons of grains products are lost annually around the world due to mycotoxin contamination and losses in the value chain from spoilage. The estimate of loss during post harvest processing varies by country, being lower in technology mature countries like the US and countries in the EU, to being quite substantial in less technology mature countries. Although the issues related to losses in technology mature countries are lower, a substantial opportunity exists to reduce these losses increasing the quality and quantity of grains available for the market.
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