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August 29, 2000

Chem-bio decontamination formulation licensed to EnviroFoam

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories today announced that its formulation for the rapid decontamination of chemical and biological warfare agents has been licensed to EnviroFoam Technologies Inc. of Draper, Utah.

The nonexclusive license agreement gives EnviroFoam rights to manufacture and sell products based on the formulation in all fields of use.

EnviroFoam is the second U.S. company granted a license to the formulation, which has been under development at Sandia, a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory, since 1997.

EnviroFoam designs and manufactures foam-deployment systems for fire suppression and other applications for use by U.S. government agencies and state and local authorities. (See www.envirofoam.com.)

The formulation neutralizes both chemical and biological agents and can begin decontaminating a disaster scene even before a specific contaminant has been identified. It has low-toxicity and low-corrosivity properties and is environmentally friendly. The basic formulation could be deployed as a foam, mist, fog, spray, or liquid. (For more information, see www.sandia.gov/media/cbwfoam.htm.)

Under terms of the agreement, royalties will be returned to Sandia annually. The royalties will be used to support future lab research endeavors.

Modec Inc. was the first company granted a license to the Sandia formulation. For more information, see http://www.sandia.gov/media/NewsRel/NR2000/modec.htm.

Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company, for the United States Department of Energy under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major research and development responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.

Media contact:
John German, jdgerma@sandia.gov, (505) 844-5199

EnviroFoam media contact:
Marianne Higgins, marianne@prview.com, (205) 328-9334

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