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Companies Present New Concepts at TechBreakfast

Israel Gannot In only seven minutes, Israel Gannot had to explain the medical device he has been developing for several years.

That’s the format of TechBreakfast, an event that brings together entrepreneurs, businesspeople, tech enthusiasts, economic development experts, scientists and others for show-and-tell presentations. Five presenters get seven minutes each to demonstrate their innovations.

The event is held monthly at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.

Gannot, a professor in the university’s Whiting School of Engineering, is also chief executive of Opticul Diagnostics, a startup medical diagnostic device company located at the Montgomery County Campus. He spearheads the company with his wife, Gallya.

The in vitro diagnostic device company is targeting easy and low-cost clinical laboratory micro-organism identification without the use of chemical reagents. Every micro-organism has its own, unique fingerprint in the infrared zone. After a sample is taken from a patient, the swab can be examined with the use of the Optidet device. Using spectroscopic methods, the device can determine whether the patient has strep, E. coli or other bacterial infections.

The advantage of the device, Gannot said, is it yields results faster than other commonly used devices, with data coming within minutes. That rapid information helps doctors treat patients better and more quickly. The sample can be inserted directly into the device without the use of reagents, making the device simple to use.

The Gannots are hoping to have their product on the market within the next year.

In addition to Gannot, the November TechBreakfast featured:

  • Inviter, a video messaging company based in Rockville, Md.
  •, a website featuring discounts for government employees, including military and veterans. The company is based in Harford County, Md.
  • Ostrato, a cloud service management company based in Sterling, Va.
  • NoteShow, a platform for employees to share information about projects. The company is based in Washington, D.C.

TechBreakfast is sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus. It is the brainchild of Ron Schmelzer, a graduate of the Carey Business School. He started TechBreakfast in 2011 and has expanded it to several cities throughout the country. TechBreakfast has approximately 5,200 members in the DC/ Maryland/ Virginia region, and more than 10,000 members nationwide.

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