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.


gudpoynt 2 years, 11 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?


Shane Garrett 2 years, 11 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.


Les Blevins 2 years, 11 months ago

That should have read: "Wouldn't the 20 thousand or so good paying jobs spread over many Kansas counties in the construction of county scale biorefineries to produce bio-oil and fuel and clean electric power and 10 thousand more jobs in rural areas growing, harvesting and delivering the biomass fuel crops be considered a better investment


Les Blevins 2 years, 11 months ago

Where is KBA's contribution to technologies that would help us end widespread droughts, floods and tornados? Wouldn't the 30 thousand or so good paying jobs spread over many Kansas counties in the construction of county scale biorefineries to produce bio-oil from a diverse mix of biomass and waste and provide clean electric power be a good investment? Is creating a new type of brain censor more important than bringing down the price of fuels and creating clean energy and thousands of jobs designed to address the climate issue?


lawrenceguy40 2 years, 11 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.


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