For release: 02/01/02
Release #: 02-023
London biotech show features products created by NASA-industry partnerships
What: Media are invited to visit the NASA pavilion at the world’s leading pharmaceutical information trade show, InfoTech Pharma in London. Here, they can see products created by companies that are funding and flying commercial experiments in space. These include:
- A new perfume, created by flying a rose in space;
- A system, developed for plant growth in space, that eliminates ethylene, a natural plant hormone, as well as pathogens from the air, and is the precursor of a system — AiroCide TiO2 — which eliminates more than 93 percent of airborne pathogens, including anthrax, from the air;
- Star-Trek-like surgical probes and light-emitting diodes that use light to treat brain tumors and hard-to-heal wounds;
- Advanced techniques for pharmaceutical research, design, and testing;
- New, artificial bone replacement materials that are longer lasting and structurally similar to real bone; and
- A gene filter that is helping identify genes involved in bone loss and has the potential to help doctors diagnose diseases.
These products were developed as a result of industry-funded research through 15 NASA Commercial Space Centers managed by the Space Product Development Program at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. These centers are helping businesses of all sizes and types advance their research programs by using the unique space environment, including microgravity -- the near-weightless or low-gravity created as the International Space Station and other spacecraft orbit Earth.
Who: At the London tech show, Mark Nall and Blake Powers, NASA experts who help businesses do pioneering space research, will be available for news media interviews. Media can hear a presentation by Dr. Lawrence J. DeLucas, director of one of NASA's Commercial Space Centers: the Center for Biophysical Sciences and Engineering in Birmingham, Ala. As a payload specialist, DeLucas performed pharmaceutical experiments on the Space Shuttle. He later served as chief scientist for the International Space Station. The Sunday Times of London selected DeLucas as one of the scientists who will shape the 21st century. He will make a special guest keynote speech at 3:30 p.m. London time Feb. 14.
When: Conference: Feb. 14-15, 2002 Nall and Powers are available for interviews before and during the conference. See contact information below.
Keynote speech: Feb. 14, 3:30 p.m. London time. Speech by DeLucas.
2002 Commonwealth Institute
Kensington High Street
London W8 6NQ
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