Biotech Start-ups NovaSterilis and Rheonix Host Congressman Richard Hanna for Site Tours

U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna (NY-24) visited two biotech start-up companies in his district late last month--NovaSterilis and Rheonix. Legislative understanding and support for biotech companies is important, given the challenges these companies face.
Dec. 2, 2011 - PRLog -- LANSING, N.Y.—KensaGroup companies and MedTech members NovaSterilis, Inc. and Rheonix, Inc. hosted Congressman Richard Hanna (NY-24) late last month at their facilities in Lansing and Ithaca for a tour and open dialogue about biotech business growth and innovation.

Among the topics discussed was licensing university technologies to form new businesses and fuel regional economic development—the mission of KensaGroup and the catalyst for technology start-ups like NovaSterilis and Rheonix.

"Having a local Congressperson who is business minded and aware of what high-tech companies need to be successful is extremely important to our business community,” said Thomas Steffie, vice president of business development for NovaSterilis. “A representative like Richard Hanna can be a vital resource and voice for businesses in his state, especially for biotech companies that face difficult regulatory environments and complicated policy issues," Steffie said.

During the congressman’s visit, company representatives addressed a number of issues, some specific to the bioscience and medical technology industry. Steffie, Eric Eisenhut, KensaGroup’s managing director, David Burns, CEO of NovaSterilis, Tony Eisenhut, president of Rheonix, and Heather Erickson, president of MedTech—the hub of Upstate New York’s Bio/Med industry—participated.

“It is important for legislators to understand the implications of policies that affect businesses in the bioscience and medical technology space,” said Erickson. “Most Bio/Med companies are small businesses that were built around an innovative health technology, and they face distinct challenges from other tech businesses.”

“I am fully committed to seeing this industry flourish here,” said Hanna. “NovaSterilis and Rheonix are leading the way for innovation in the region and I’m pleased to see biotech business growth in Upstate New York.”

MedTech helps provide opportunities for the leaders of New York to understand the scale and potential of the bioscience and medical technology industry for job creation and economic growth, engages their support and participation, and provides them with exposure to a group of their constituents.

To learn more about MedTech and Upstate New York’s Bio/Med industry, visit Photos from the visit are available from


KensaGroup creates, launches and develops leading edge intellectual property platforms into successful technology-based businesses. For more information, visit


NovaSterilis was founded in 2000 to develop and commercialize the application of supercritical carbon dioxide (SCCO2) for use in sterilization of biomedical materials. The company, located in Lansing, NY, is the recipient of a 2007 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award presented by the Environmental Protection Agency. For more information on NovaSterilis and supercritical carbon dioxide visit


Rheonix has created a powerful microfluidic platform for the evolving molecular diagnostics industry. This system incorporates low cost disposable Rheonix CARD® technology to analyze single or multiple clinical raw samples. The Rheonix CARD® system provides multiplexed endpoint analysis and can be rapidly customized for a wide breadth of diagnostic applications. Learn more at


MedTech is an active association of pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical technology companies, their suppliers and service providers, and research universities. We boost the growth and prosperity of our members by connecting them for collaboration, offering educational programs, sharing news and information, and advocating for the industry with government and leaders. For more information, visit

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