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Founded: 2000
Founders: Prof. Richard Brown, Rob Hower (BSE MSE PhD EE '89 '92 '05)
Product/Service: Advancing water testing technology
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Acquired By: GE, Water & Process Technologies Division Apr 1, 2008
GE is committed to providing customers with innovative and responsible solutions to the hurdles they face now and in the future. GE has also doubled its level of investment in clean research and development from US$700 million in 2005 to more than US$1.5 billion in 2010 to focus on helping our customers meet pressing energy and water challenges. From Niskayuna, New York, to Shanghai, GE's research centers employ more than 3,000 research specialists who are focused everyday on delivering solutions that push the basic limits of acceptability to drive innovation and solve the world's most pressing challenges.

Every day, we invest in developing new technologies to meet industry challenges, from reducing the total cost of producing water to reducing waterborne diseases and to providing environmentally friendly chemicals. We also continue to invest in our people so that they continue to provide the very best value to our customers. [GE Water Website, About Us]

In the News logoApr 16, 2008

Division of General Electric buys Sensicore Inc.

Ann Arbor-based Sensicore Inc., a company specializing in water supply testing technology, was acquired by a division of General Electric division, both companies confirmed Wednesday.

On April 1, the company became part of GE's Water & Process Technologies division, said GE spokesman Tony Kobilnyk.

Sensicore has a manufacturing facility on the south side of the city where it made high-tech, hand-held devices to help cities test their water supplies. The small silicone chips containing sensors that can detect a variety of impurities in the water, went up for sale in 2006.

The company's technology was invented by former U-M professor Richard Brown and was licensed to the company in 2000.

@ Tina Reed

crain's detroit business logoApr 14, 2008

VC-heavy, revenue-light Sensicore sold to GE division

Sensicore Inc., one of the state's most successful companies in raising venture capital since it was spun off from the University of Michigan in 2000 but which struggled to generate revenue from its handheld water-testing devices, has been sold to a division of General Electric.

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micralyne logoFeb 9, 2005

Micralyne and Sensicore Announce Expanded MEMS Manufacturing Partnership

EDMONTON, Alberta — Micralyne Inc. and Sensicore, Inc. today announced they have renewed and expanded their agreement for the development and manufacture of Sensicore’s innovative multi-sensor chip systems.

Micralyne, a developer and OEM manufacturer of MEMS components, will manufacture Sensicore’s disposable silicon chip system as they begin the ramp-up to volume commercial production. Sensicore has developed a testing system that can analyze 14 different water parameters in just 4 minutes. The system is a major step forward that will help municipalities and industrial companies ensure the purity and surety of drinking and process water. Sensicore also has under development sensors for the detection of heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, copper and iron with plans to release these devices in the near future.

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