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September 9th, 2007
Platypus has been regarded as one of the area 's promising young nanotechnology companies, with its work using liquid crystal technology and gold powder. Liquid crystals are rod-shaped molecules that tend to line up with each other on gold-coated slides, under certain conditions.
Founded in 2000 by UW-Madison professors Nicholas Abbott, Christopher Murphy and Barbara Israel, the company has 21 employees and expects to add several more by the end of the year.
Williams, 55, took the reins July 16, succeeding Israel as CEO, and within weeks, Platypus released its first product: the Oris Cell Migration Assay. In layman 's terms, it is a test to help researchers determine if certain types of cells could migrate to other parts of the body.
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