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UNC Professor’s Portable Water-Testing Device Put to Use in Philippines after Typhooon Haiyan

A start-up company co-founded by a distinguished professor at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health is at the forefront of restoring critical water services to the people of the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation of the islands on November 7. The Philippines government contacted the leaders of Aquagenx LLC to request the use of the company’s Compartment Bag Test (CBT), a portable, self-contained microbial water test that helps response teams test and assess the safety of drinking water post-disaster. Aquagenx and the CBT are the result of groundbreaking research and development led by Dr. Mark D. Sobsey, Kenan Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Dr. Ku McMahan, Gillings School alumnus and fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Science and Technology, in Washington, DC.