InnoVenture Success #1: Selah Founded on Clemson Invention Partners with USC on Advance Cancer Detection

Swamp Fox note: Michael Bolick founded Selah Technologies after seeing carbon dot technology invented at Clemson at InnoVenture 2006. This is a terrific example of the type of collaboration we need for South Carolina and the entire region to be successful. Congratulations to everyone involved in this story which keeps getting better and better. You can see a video of Selah Technologies presentation at InnoVenture 2008 here. (You'll need to Join the Community by putting a profile online.)

{Greenville, SC: June 24, 2008) Selah Technologies, an advanced materials manufacturer, and the University of South Carolina (USC) announced today the signing of a definitive cooperative research agreement to investigate the use of Selah’s carbon quantum dots in biological diagnostic applications. The collaboration will permit USC access to Selah’s proprietary Selah Dots™ while allowing Selah access to world class research at the USC NanoCenter.

“Since the creation of Selah Technologies as a consequence of licensing two platform nanotechnologies from Clemson University, we have focused on the need to expand the breadth of our technologies through partnerships and collaborations. The NanoCenter at USC offers a distinctive opportunity to leverage our joint expertise to do just that. Selah is thrilled to be advancing Clemson technologies via this collaboration with USC,” said Michael Bolick, President & CEO of Selah Technologies.

Dr. Chris Przirembel, Vice President for Research & Economic Development at Clemson University, added, “With the recent groundbreaking for the innovation center at the Clemson University Advanced Materials Center, the Upstate is rapidly expanding its emphasis on advanced materials technologies. We applaud Selah’s commitment to advancing this important Clemson discovery from the laboratory to the marketplace. This agreement sends a strong message of collaboration among the research universities and the private sector for economic development and, in this particular case, for application in critical health care issues.”

”USC is excited by our collaboration with Selah. Combining Selah’s unique nanomaterials with the outstanding researchers at the USC NanoCenter creates a win-win situation for USC, Selah and indeed, the State of South Carolina. Collaborations such as this one are a primary objective for USC and a driving force behind the development of Innovista,” says Dr. Harris Pastides, Vice President of Research & Health Sciences at USC.

Selah Dots™ are carbon-based quantum dots that can be used for various applications, including life sciences, solar cells and anti-counterfeiting, among others. Selah Tubes™, enriched carbon nanotubes, have a number of applications due to their impressive electrical conductivity properties.

About Selah Technologies
Located near Greenville, SC, Selah Technologies, LLC is a privately held advanced materials manufacturing company founded in 2006. Selah’s mission is to consistently deliver high quality nanomaterials and nanotechnology enabled products to the global marketplace. For more information, visit

About the University of South Carolina NanoCenter
The USC NanoCenter is the University’s focal point for science and engineering studies of nanometer-scale structures, their unique properties, and their integration into functional units. It fosters multidisciplinary research and education efforts involving faculty whose combined expertise spans the disciplines of a comprehensive research university, including the arts and sciences, engineering, and medicine, as well as other professional schools. For more information, visit

Michael Bolick
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