AIKEN, S.C., 30 Aug. 2005. Westinghouse Savannah River Co. in Aiken, S.C., is soliciting interest from companies wishing to obtain license rights to market and distribute a radiological detection system to commercial customers.
Westinghouse is managing contractor of the Savannah River Site, S.C., for the U.S. Department of Energy.
The portable detection system helps find covert nuclear materials that may be hidden in shipping containers, transport containers, trailers, and other enclosed areas where visual inspection may be difficult.
The so-called RadRope Nuclear Materials Detection System allows the inspection of several vertical points simultaneously along the shipping containers being inspected. Using RadRope an inspector can walk the length of a ship and monitor a row of containers -- often stacked three high -- in one pass.
This way, the detector can help users avoid the time and expense of performing manual inspections on nearly 7 million shipping containers that pass through U.S. ports every year.
License rights may be granted on an exclusive or nonexclusive basis and may include specific fields of use.
Westinghouse also may be available to assist in further research and development of the technology under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) and may provide technical assistance during commercialization of the technology under a license agreement.
Any company interested in licensing this technology must respond with a letter of interest to Westinghouse no later than 28 Sept. 2005 summarizing the company's business and technical expertise. Qualified companies will get further information.
Company qualifications should include compatible product lines, product development plan, reasonable schedule for product launch, established distribution networks, and evidence of sufficient financial resources for product development and launch.
Qualified companies will be provided with further information on the technology. Respondents wishing to negotiate for a license must submit a business plan prior to licensee selection and negotiations.
Send letters of interest to Dale K. Haas by e-mail at [email protected], or by post at Westinghouse Savannah River Co., Building 773-41A, Room #238, Aiken, S.C. 29808.
For questions, contact Haas by phone at 803-725-4185, or by fax at 803-725-4988.
More information on this licensee opportunity is online at http://www.fbodaily.com/archive/2005/08-August/31-Aug-2005/FBO-00881569.htm.