By PJ Bellomo
In 2015 my Co-founders, Terry and David, attended a technology transfer conference at a BWI airport hotel. On the exhibition floor Terry spotted the Fort Detrick booth. Raised in Frederick, MD, Terry had heard stories about the advanced research conducted at the local Fort Detrick army base. He had to stop by their booth.
As he approached, Terry couldn’t help but notice an unusual contraption with flowing water and live Bluegills. He then delivered lines that will go down in company history: “Hi, I’m Terry. What’s with the fish?”
Fast forward to Summer 2019. Our patented technology detects acutely toxic chemicals in water by monitoring the breathing of live fish. Think canary-in-a-coal-mine for drinking water and wastewater.
What did we do for four years? Analyzed the original US Army fish biomonitor and researched the broader water and wastewater safety device market. We also interviewed customers who operated the Army’s first generation biomonitors for over 10 years in production environments. Then we raised a little money, and based on user feedback, we designed and manufactured a second generation device as well as transformed to a service first offering.
Blue Sources has received some recognition this year for our biomonitor technology, including commitments which should result in our first paying customers during the second half of the year. As part of that progress, on Tuesday July 24th we announced the launch of our monitoring-as-a-service, MaaS™, offering (read about MaaS™ here on Yahoo Finance).
None of us Co-founders possess social media genes. But we’ve committed to a safe water mission, and we plan to get the word out. Expect to hear more from us here.
Trust the fish.