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No. 1: Emerging Technology Fund Award Linked To Texas Tech Food Safety Research
Department of Animal & Food Sciences
In 2010, Texas officials announced approval of an Emerging Technology Fund award, of up to $1.5 million for MicroZAP, a biotechnology company specializing in food safety. MicroZAP was spun off from patented technology developed through cutting-edge food sterilization research at Texas Tech.

MicroZAP uses directional microwaves delivered at varying doses and intensities to target disease-causing microorganisms with great precision. The technology has even demonstrated the ability to kill deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria (MRSA). “The EFT funds will allow us to move the MicroZap technology forward, thus providing safer food products in the supermarket, which will ultimately reduce the number of food-borne illnesses and lead to safer food on America’s dinner tables,” said Mindy Brashears, director of Tech’s International Center for Food Industry Excellence.