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Christian is one of the founders of BRAVE Analytics, along with Gerhard Prossliner. He is a biophysicist and CEO and CTO of the company.
Gerhard is one of the founders of BRAVE Analytics, along with Christian Hill. He is a medical engineer and COO and CFO of the company.
Michael is the senior software engineer and a full-stack developer. He develops the framework for process control, firmware, GUI and interface design for the H.A.N.S. and R.U.T.H. software.
Nikola is a theoretical physicist who designs, implements, verifies and validates physical and mathematical models for the OF2i method.
Alexander designs custom optomechanical, mechanical and fluidic parts, creates the complete 3-dimensional models of all BRAVE Analytics products including constructional drawings and manufacturing interface.
Sarah takes care of our press relations and social media presence. She also creates content for the webpage, print products and other communication channels.
Doris is a registered pharmacist. As the application specialist and laboratory technician she is responsible for measuring samples, evaluating results and creating measuring reports. She also works on the accounts.
Michael is an industrial and mechanical engineer with profound know-how in meso- and microfluidics, dilution systems, sensors and testing procedures. He designed, implemented and verified the dilution system for BRAVE B-Continuous.
Over the next five years, Christian and a small team of colleagues worked on a method of particle characterization which goes beyond Brownian motion. This became the OF2i principle, a method which combines photonic and microfluidic forces to actively set thousands of particles in motion simultaneously. The minimal photonic forces are sufficient to deflect and (de)accelerate small particles from their fluidic-induced motion, independent of their overlying Brownian motion. An ultramicroscope setup determines the actively altered particle trajectories and translates this information into characterization data. This provides the number-based size, size distributions and particle numbers (concentration) with single-particle sensitivity and a therefore delivers results which are statistically representative of the overall particle population. The measurements are orders of magnitude faster than the Brownian motion processes used in DLS or NTA.
The joyful news spread quickly. Talking about the new method at conferences and joining the EU-funded NanoPAT project brought the OF2i method to the attention of a wider audience. In particular great interest was shown by a pharmaceutical concern looking for particle size measurement directly in their high-pressure homogenization processes. Besides working on this online, in-process solution, the BRAVE team registered the excitement shown by researchers and colleagues at the Medical University of Graz when they heard about OF2i. These researchers brought samples to test on the “beta” instrument and had their first “Aha” moments. A second BRAVE goal was formulated: to package the OF2i method in a benchtop laboratory device for research and development purposes.
Time flies when you’re developing measuring instruments and suddenly the first device is ready to be “out there” measuring particle size distribution and concentration in laboratories near and far. The laboratory device BRAVE B-Curious launched in March 2023 and the product release of the online BRAVE B-Continuous for particle measurement during production is set for the beginning of 2024. Currently a team of 15 brave pioneers is working on bringing everything together, documenting, testing, writing publications, and visiting conferences and exhibitions. The result is great excitement and the knowledge that it has been a long and bumpy road to creating an actual product. Our journey motivates us and has brought us lots of experience. Now we want to see how OF2i will revolutionize the way people characterize their particles and nanoparticles, how our customers will push the boundaries of our products and which groundbreaking discoveries they will make. Meanwhile work has already started on new modules, i.e. adding Raman analysis to the portfolio for both online and lab analysis.
to be continued …
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