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Aquatic Digital Imaging

Automating the identification and enumeration of aquatic organisms impacting water quality using digital imaging and recognition systems.

  • Stage Concept Only
  • Industry Biotechnology
  • Location St. Joseph, MI, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded May 2012
  • Employees 6
  • Website

Company Summary

Company is developing hardware and software to automate the identification and enumeration of aquatic organisms that impact water quality. Initial focus is to capture digital images of algae in water samples at a central lab in order to identify and count for water agencies and labs to improve turnaround time, reduce costs and increase precision. Automating the process will result in more testing more often and better public health protection.


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    Ann St. Amand
    Chief Technology Officer

    Co-Founder and President of PhycoTech, a leading algae identification lab located in St. Joseph, MI. Ph.D. in Aquatic Biology Program, Phycologist and Certified Lake Professional. JTG Chair and Part Coordinator, Standard Methods for Examination of Water and Wastewater. Co-chair of Blue Green Algae Initiative for North American Lake Management Society. Processed over 30,000 algal samples over past 25 years; owns more than 34,000 images availab

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    Joseph M. Eilers
    Vice President of Technology Development

    Co-founder of ADI, professional hydrologist, aquatic biologist, certified lake manager. Owner of MaxDepth Aquatics, a water quality consulting firm. Eilers has more than 50 peer reviewed publications, and extensive experience in harmful algae blooms impacting drinking water reservoirs, recreational lakes and fisheries. Extensive experience in water quality modeling and monitoring, paleolimnology, hydroacoustic mapping, fisheries management.

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    Sandra Walker

    Co-founder of ADI, MBA, extensive business development experience in water and wastewater emerging technologies including marketing directly marketing to ADI potential customer bases, i.e. municipal and industrial water agencies and entities. Extensive experience with start-ups, expansions and turnarounds requiring debt and equity funding.

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    Stephen M. Lane
    Technology Developer

    Dr. Lane is a retiring adjunct professor at University of California, Davis' Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories' Medical Technology Division. He has extensive expertise in image recognition, machine learning and flow cytometry. He developed an award winning transdermal optical glucose sensor for treating diabetes. Presently he is adapting flow cytometers for digital image recognition.

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    Mark F. Gesley
    Technology Developer

    Dr. Gesley is an applied physicist and systems engineer presently collaborating with Dr. Lane at the UC Davis Center for BioPhotonics developing a new spectral image recognition system for medical applications. Dr. Gesley has extensive experience in the development of novel recognition algorithms for comparing images at the cellular and subcelluar level, with a focus on blood cells. Extensive experience managing software development process.

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    Timothy Kelley
    Financial Advisor

    Tim has executive experience in start-ups, technology and software development, laboratory services, professional services delivery, high precision wireless and remote control systems, and operations. He has served as CFO and COO for high technology companies and will play an advisory role for ADI.


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    Mark Miller, Miller Johnson Schroeder, PLC
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    Lynda Elie, CPA, Rendel Elie & Associates, PLC

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