Over the past few years, 908 Devices has quietly advanced from a startup to a nearly 100-employee company – making an impact through its work in chemical and biomolecular analysis. It was only a matter of time before the defense community realized the significance of its technology and its potential for saving lives.
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) will use 908 Devices’ High-Pressure Mass Spectrometry™ (HPMS) technology platform for its new Aerosol and Vapor Chemical Agent Detector (AVCAD) program. The program is designed to detect, identify, alarm and report the presence of traditional and advanced threat vapors and aerosols. With roots at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 908 Devices is a pioneer of purpose-built analytical devices for chemical and biomolecular analysis.
“With this milestone, I’m really excited about the direction we’re moving as we advance products forward and get them to market,” says Kevin Knopp, co-founder, president and CEO of 908 Devices. “I’m also proud of our team’s effort and contributions in reaching this milestone. From engineering, science and field support to marketing and customer support, I’m most proud we’ve been able to assemble a world-class team to advance our products and technologies.”
As a startup at UNC, 908 Devices was able to benefit from innovation and entrepreneurship resources across campus, including working with the Office of Technology Commercialization for license negotiation. In addition, Ramsey continues to work with KickStart Venture Services to share his experiences and insights with other up-and-coming entrepreneurs, serving as a mentor to encourage students who are in the midst of their innovation journeys.
With locations in Boston, Carrboro, NC and Campbell, CA, 908 Devices also makes products ranging from rugged, handheld chemical detection tools to compact, tiny footprint analyzers and fast separation devices, the latter of which was also invented in the Ramsey lab. These purpose-built and user-centric devices serve a range of industries including safety and security, life sciences, clinical diagnostics, oil and gas and other applied markets.
“We have many things to come,” says Knopp. “You can take the same core (HPMS) technology and change applications to solve a whole other class of problems. We have those aha moments… we can extend the technology and realize its full potential.”
Both Knopp and Ramsey attribute startup success to finding the right team of people to collaborate with along the innovation journey. A natural team builder, Knopp has a proven knack for bringing together the right personalities and skill sets to build a successful, functional team.
“If you have the right product and the right technology at the right time with the right team, you have to step off,” says Knopp. “You can’t do everything by yourself. You have to believe in your team and the technology. At the end of the day, we want to make things that help people do their jobs better.”
For more information about 908 Devices, visit 908devices.com.