Applied Plasma Products, a licensee from the University of Tennessee and a client of the Center for Entrepreneurial Growth, has been included in the 2010 Better World Report which is published by the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). The tag line for the publication is "The Positive Impact of Academic Innovation on Quality of Life". The Better World Project was launched in 2006 to promote public understanding of how academic research and technology transfer have changed people's way of life and made the world a better place.
In the early 1990's, a group of researchers at the University of Tennessee became interested in "ball lightning" which is atmospheric plasma. They wondered if the phenomenon could be recreated in a lab environment. From their efforts came the One Atmosphere Uniform Glow Discharge Plasma technology. A microbiologist PhD named Kim Witenberg joined the team in the mid 90's to see if the technology could be applied to kill micro-organisms.
Fast forward to 2008, Ken Wood formed Advanced Plasma Products, licensed the technology from the University of Tennessee Research Foundation and launched a commercialization effort. The first product has entered the market, The TriClean Pro and is a stand-alone air purification system.
Here is a link to the report: http://www.betterworldproject.net/AUTM2010BWR.pdf