National Institute of Health Award Announcement: Small Business Innovation Research Grant

Eden Prairie, MN, February 5, 2018 – Activated Research Company has been awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $78,518, in support of its Universal Liquid Chromatography Detector Utilizing Reactive Flame Ionization Detection project; Grant Number 1R43GM126591-01.

This award from the NIH will finance  fundamental research to develop a universal detector for liquid chromatography, a technique that is used to determine the composition and purity of pharmaceutical products, biofuels,  environmental contaminants, and other materials. Current technologies are expensive, time-consuming, and require complex equipment. The proposed technology will simplify the process and  potentially lead to faster drug and product development, more accurate purity information, and better environmental sampling.

“This technology could be truly game-changing for scientists who use liquid chromatography,” said Dr. Charlie Spanjers, PhD and Product Innovation Engineer, at Activated Research Company. Charlie leads the technical development of this project.

About the National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world, investing more than $32 billion a year to enhance life, and reduce illness and disability. NIH funded research has led to breakthroughs and new treatments, helping people live longer, healthier lives, and building the research foundation that drives discovery. Learn more at

About Activated Research Company
ARC was founded in 2014 with a mission to make the world a better place using their expertise in catalysis. Their flagship product, the Polyarc system for GC/FID analysis, lays the foundation for future products which combine catalysis and microreactor design to solve unique challenges. For more information, please visit

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Rajvi Mehta

by Rajvi Mehta

Rajvi manages technical sales and marketing at ARC. She enjoys working with ARC's customers, partners, and distributors to ensure that ARC's products are the best fit for their applications. In her free time, Rajvi cheers for the University of Minnesota's Gopher football team and spends time with her husband, Eric, and dog, Sophie.

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