Company Profile Page: Cutting Edge Superconductors Inc.
Mr. Kim, a Physics Professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, has been working on superconductivity for more than 20 years. Mr. Kim has identified the superconducting mechanism of the new superconducting material, MgB2.
In November 2011, Mr. Kim founded Cutting Edge Superconductors Inc. to commercialize his worldwide patented technology and provide industry with the next generation cryogen-free 1.5T and 3T MRI. Cutting Edge produces MgB2 powders, wires, and tapes. These products are used to manufacture magnets for next generation cryogen-free 1.5T and 3T MRI. Our The company’s MgB2 wire technology and products replace NbTi superconducting wire technology in MRI equipment.
Cutting Edge technology benefits and improvements on current technology
The benefits of our product over the currently used ones are the following:
1. The resulting MRI is simple and almost maintenance-free, increasing the lifetime of MRI from 5-7 years to 10-20 years
2. The resulting MRI allows more versatile designs, including the completely open MRI, eliminating claustrophobia of some patients
3. The resulting MRI is helium cryogen-free, reducing the installation cost significantly
4. MRI scan cost will be reduced up to 40%, significantly enhancing public health service
The current 1.5T (Tesla) MRI uses an old material NbTi which requires 1,700 liter of expensive liquid Helium to operate at a very low temperature, 4.2K (Kelvin). Therefore it is complicated and easily broken, leading to 5-7 years of lifetime and high MRI scan cost. In 2001, a new higher transition temperature superconducting material, MgB2, was found, promising Next Generation Cryogen-free MRI. Indeed, in 2007, three Italian companies produced MgB2-magnet based 0.5T Open MRI. It is in the market now, with a limited success due to lower image quality than that of the current 1.5T MRI. The global MRI market size is about $6 Billion in 2014.
Cutting Edge Superconductors (CES) has a worldwide patented technology for improving MgB2 wires and tapes, enabling Next Generation Cryogen-free 1.5T MRI. In 2013 and 2014 National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded CES Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding of $180,000 for the feasibility test of the technology. Puerto Rico Science, Technology, and Research Trust provided a matching fund of $210,000. For that purpose CES is collaborating with LUVATA, the leading superconducting wire company, and GENERAL ELECTRIC (GE), the leading MRI company. The following figure shows the MgB2 wire, drawn by LUVATA.
Late July, 2014, Cutting Edge Superconductors has successfully proved the feasibility and scalability of its worldwide patented technology for next generation cryogen-free 1.5T MRI. The following figure shows the current carrying capacity, i.e., critical current Ic, of its tape as a function of magnetic field, compared to that of Columbus Superconductors. The test was done at the Applied Superconductivity Center at National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University. Columbus Superconductor produced MgB2 tapes for the cryogen-free 0.5T MRI. The data was from Braccini et al., Physica C 456, 209 (2007). The tape of CES shows higher critical currents for any magnetic fields and better magnetic field dependence. Better quality control of the manufacturing process of MgB2 wires and tapes will increase Ic a few times easily, leading to Next Generation Cryogen-free 1.5T MRI.
Currently Cutting Edge Superconductors has business partnership with LUVATA and GENERAL ELECTRIC (GE) to manufacture next generation cryogen-free 1.5T MRI. CES desires to provide its license to most MRI companies, such as Siemens, Philips, Toshiba and Hitachi, and most wire companies, such as Columbus Superconductors, Hypertech Research, Bruker EST, and KISWIRE, shown below.
Cutting Edge Superconductors announces that the Next Generation cryogen-free 1.5T MRI will hit market next year, 2015. The advantage of Next Generation MRI is almost maintenance-free and 40% reduction of MRI scan cost.
In 2013 Cutting Edge Superconductors won the Frost & Sullivan Innovation Leadership Award for Superconductor Technology for MRI.
CES business will continue to partner with mass production partners for its patented MgB2 powders, wires and tapes. For more information, please see http://ceswire.com or call Yong-Jihn Kim, President and CEO at 787-955-4361.
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