The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research, which provides early funding for research-based enterprises, recently inked a contract with Mine Survival Inc. of Panama City Beach to support MSI’s innovative mining industry products.
MSI uses technology developed at Gulf Coast State College to create state-of-the-art surface “rebreathers” to enhance miners’ protection in toxic environments. Housed within a patented safety vest, its Closed-Circuit Escape Respirator (CCER) provides respiratory safety approximately triple that of previous standards, at a lower cost than the company’s competitors’ products.
"We formed MSI because we wanted to give the people that work in dangerous occupations a chance to escape hazardous situations, like a mine explosion or collapse," Rob Moran, MSI's president, said. "Our first product addresses the mining market and its need for a cost-effective, high performance Self Contained Self Rescuer (SCSR), and funding from the Institute will enable us to get to market faster and achieve our business objectives."
The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research is based in Gainesville and Boca Raton. CEO Jackson Streeter commended MSI’s approach and successful market niche implementation.
"Their rebreathers last longer, are smaller and lighter weight than comparable units, and can be used in a variety of dangerous and life-threatening settings,” Streeter said. “We are pleased to support this important advancement in rebreather technology."