Pancopia Celebrates FLC Award

Pancopia Celebrates FLC Award

Pancopia is excited to announce that it has been awarded an Excellence in Technology Transfer Project of the Year 2017 award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) for the development of a next-generation water purification system for NASA’s use on the International Space Station and future Mars missions. Pancopia was a co-recipient of the FLC commercialization award with USDA, which has been a partner in the development, patenting, and licensing of two sets of organisms used in this innovative technology.

NASA has invested in the development of this technology through a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract. Collaborating with NASA and the USDA, Pancopia has developed a process that incorporates current wastewater treatment technology with recently discovered, patented organisms and processes to remove the major wastewater pollutants—organic carbon and nitrogen—at a far lower cost than any current treatments. Pancopia is also developing similar technology for use in the $100 Billion plus municipal and agricultural wastewater market.

Bill Cumbie, Pancopia’s CEO and founder, noted “Our company is honored to receive this award with USDA, and truly could not have done it without NASA’s support and funding for our research”.

The FLC is a federal network of over 300 agencies, laboratories, and research centers across the United States that focuses on commercialization strategies for accelerating the movement of technologies from research to the marketplace. For more about the FLC, please visit

Pancopia, Inc. is based at the Reaktor Business Technology Innovation Center in the National Institute of Aerospace, located in Hampton, Virginia. It has received grants from the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) to assist in its development of its technology and two contracts with NASA for development of its process for use in space exploration.  In addition to its partnership with NASA, USDA, and CIT, Pancopia also partners with leading universities including Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech, Bucknell, and Purdue to develop transforming technology.

The award was given on August 29th, 2017 in Cincinnati, OH. Pancopia is proud to share this award with Drs. Vanotti, Szogi, and Rothrock from the Agricultural Research Service at the USDA, Dr. Martinez, an USDA-ARS visiting scientist from IRSTEA, France, and Dr. Celant De Pra from the Federal Technological University of Parana, Brazil. Following this recognition in the southeast division, the project will continue on to be considered at the national level.

In the future, Pancopia is looking forward to continue its work with Anammox in recycling and treating wastewater both for space and decentralized systems, as well as continuing to work with the USDA.

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