Like all scientific innovations, our story begins with key publications. In 2010, Ohio State University’s Drs. Gang Ruan and Jessica Winter, et al, foreshadowed the potential of MagDots in their paper, Simultaneous Magnetic Manipulation and Fluorescent Tracking of Multiple Individual Hybrid Nanostructures. The following year, Ruan and Winter redressed the endemic limitations of quantum dots in their paper Alternating-Color Quantum Dot Nanocomposites for Particle Tracking.
Their research outlined the opportunity to aggregate dots together in a protective polymer. The approach simultaneously mitigated against the blinking of single dots while providing a shield to prolong signal life.
In 2012, Winter and Ruan joined with Kunal Parikh and Kalpesh Mahajan to commercialize the technology. Core Quantum Technologies was established to bring their MultiDots and MagDots to market.
Co-inventor of the MultiDot, Dr. Winter is a tenured professor in the William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Department of Biomedical Engineering at Ohio State University. Dr. Winter received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas, Austin. She is also a member of Ohio Tech Angels.
A former research scientist, Ms. Melnik has split her time between medical device development and nanotechnology solutions for early-stage cancer detection. She formerly served as President of Cytolutions LLC and received her BS in Microbiology from Ohio State University.