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Location: 1600 Main Street, Houston, Texas, United States United States
Founded in: 2015
Stage: Pre-launch
Number of employees: 6-15
Funding history:
- Date: 05/2017, Government grant: $50 k
- Date: 04/2017, Government grant: $125 k
Short URL: vator.co/trace-matters
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Trace Matters

Startup/business
Houston, Texas, United States United States
http://www.tracematters.com
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Company description

At Trace Matters, we are making the first lab-grade miniature mass-spec chemical analyzer. Our technology is based on the gold-standard of chemical analysis, mass spectrometry. But unlike existent full-size lab-grade mass spectrometers available at laboratories, our device is portable, affordable, and can operate in-line, real-time. And unlike existent mini mass-specs, it is lab-grade: it can analyze non-volatile substances, has a part-per-trillion sensitivity and lab-grade resolution.


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Business model

At Trace Matters, we are making the first lab-grade miniature mass-spec chemical analyzer.

Competitive advantage

Our technology is based on the gold-standard of chemical analysis, mass spectrometry. But unlike existent full-size lab-grade mass spectrometers available at laboratories, our device is portable, affordable, and can operate in-line, real-time. And unlike existent mini mass-specs, it is lab-grade: it can analyze non-volatile substances, has a part-per-trillion sensitivity and lab-grade resolution.

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