Archive for Monday, May 9, 2011

Kansas Bioscience Authority OKs $425,000 for Lawrence’s Pinnacle Technology

May 9, 2011


A Lawrence company will receive nearly $425,000 from the Kansas Bioscience Authority over three years for a project involving brain and neurological biosensors.

Pinnacle Technology Inc., focuses on biomedical tools for data acquisition in mice and rats. This funded project will seek to measure real-time alcohol levels in the brain.

The KBA grant will support marketing and outreach efforts to go along with an $850,000 grant for the project from the National Institutes of Health.


lawrenceguy40 6 years, 9 months ago

Hard working taxpayers paying for liberal welfare dependent scientists to make rat hats.

Governor Brownback should close down the KBA as soon as possible and return their millions of $ to the State's general fund. Then see how the scientist rats survive.

If these companies/universities had good ideas and products, they would not need our tax dollars. This is nothing more than welfare.

MyName 6 years, 9 months ago

Umm... you do realize that a very large number of biology projects start with animal studies. It's only a "rat hat" at the beginning, then you scale it up to be a full sized "grumpy interweb pundit" hat.

Gedanken 6 years, 9 months ago

You focused on two words and made an entire post about it. Unfortunately, this means you missed the entire point of the post.

I don't like to agree with lawrenceguy40, but he does have a valid point. The government pays tons of money for medical research. Plenty of charities are also putting tons of money into medical research. Heck, just the act of doing research whether or not something comes of it is very profitable ...

When was the last time you heard a drug company or medical device company say, "Hey, we received tons of grants from charities and various parts of the government to develop this product. As such, we are able and more then willing to provide it to you at rates just above cost. Thank you for your support!"

Think about it ...

Shane Garrett 6 years, 9 months ago

Hey, the grant is money well spent. It is a company that hires people to do a specialized job. They have been around for awhile and should be growing.
And to lesBlevins: your question reads like we should force serfs to harvest what should be food crops for the betterment of a petro orientated society. And biorefineries use more energy than they produce. This is why investment is R&D is necessary.

gudpoynt 6 years, 9 months ago

lawrenceguy40 - you might think rat hats are silly. But the experiments are steps toward developing minimally invasive, or totally non-invasive, biomedical data acquisition techniques and equipment. Meaning that the technology being developed is intended for medical professional to be able to more accurately determine a patient's condition without putting anything into the patients body.

In other words, you can think of rat hats as precursors to StarTrek style body scanners.

If you want to find out a little about what you are criticizing, why not visit Pinnacle's site (

Don't forget that meaningful technological advances come in small, baby steps of science, many of which seem pointless in and of themselves. It's helpful and healthy to reflect sometimes on all the amalgamated knowledge that has gone into the technology that we so often take for granted on a daily basis.

For example, read here ( for a little history on how experimentation with vacuum tubes, once used mostly "in scientific research or as novelties", would go on to allow us to make the first coast-to-coast telephone call, allowed for the first electronic computers, and would shape the sounds of blues, jazz, and rock-n-roll as we've come to know them today.

You conservative types seem to value respect as a virtue, yet you seem to have decidedly less for those whose achievements were gained by using brain rather than brawn. What's up with that?

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