Ontario Water News

Nanolytix Wins BREW Corporate Challenge

A. O. Smith Corporation and The Water Council have selected Toronto-based Nanolytix as the 2017 winner of the BREW Corporate: Powered by A. O. Smith challenge.

Nanolytix is a pioneer in artificial intelligence and sensor technologies for water quality detection applications. The company’s water quality sensor technology detects the presence of pathogens and other contaminants in real time using handheld devices.

“We’re excited about the prospective opportunities to partner with the Nanolytix team alongside A. O. Smith engineers at the Corporate Technology Center and the Global Water Center,” notes Dr. Robert Heideman, chief technology officer at A. O. Smith Corporation. “The potential for a low cost, water quality sensing technology made Nanolytix a great fit within our global water strategy.”

Nanolytix Chief Executive Officer Harjeet Bajaj says, “We’re excited about the chance to rapidly commercialize our water technologies with the help of A. O. Smith’s comprehensive platform. We see an opportunity to leverage A. O. Smith’s global presence to more effectively access global markets.”

The Business, Research, Entrepreneurship in Wisconsin (BREW) Corporate challenge focused on four areas of interest to A. O. Smith: water purification, water heating, sensors, and innovative technologies. All entries were reviewed by a panel of A. O. Smith employees, The Water Council senior staff, and subject matter experts in the area of freshwater science.

The Nanolytix team will receive a minimum investment of $50,000 from A. O. Smith, as well as tuition to participate in The Water Council’s 12-month accelerator program in Milwaukee.

Finalization of the winner, Nanolytix, is pending final contract negotiations.