Life Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing

Ceres Nanosciences

In February 2021, Ceres announced the rapid completion of Advanced Particle Manufacturing Plant after four months of construction, and the company consequentially won an additional RADxSM $8.2 million grant in August 2021.




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The Opportunity

In September 2020, Ceres was awarded a $6.57 million contract from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADxSM) initiative. The RADx initiative was launched by NIH to speed innovation in the development, commercialization, and implementation of technologies for COVID-19 testing. To fulfill the contract, Ceres needed to build an Advanced Particle Manufacturing Plant.

The Project

Ceres spun out of George Mason University in 2014, becoming the second tenant of Prince William County Science Accelerator and then graduated to their own space 2018.

Ceres was awarded $200,000 through the 2020 Capital Investment & Innovation Grant program as part of PWCDED’s CARES Act-funded pandemic response.

Ceres needed to build out the entire 12,000 sf plant floor on an aggressive four-month schedule to meet the requirements of the contract.

The Winning Strategies

The PWCDED immediately issued targeted industry status and worked closely with private and public collaborators to ensure fast-track permitting and supply chain management to ensure the build out was completed on schedule.

To ensure Ceres had access to necessary workforce, the PWCDED introduced Ceres to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) to support Ceres’ job creation through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP). As a business incentive supporting economic development, VJIP reduces the human resource costs of new and expanding companies.

About Ceres

Ceres Nanosciences (Ceres) is a privately held company located in Prince William County, focused on incorporating its novel Nanotrap® particle technology into a range of diagnostic and research products and workflows. The Nanotrap® particle technology can improve diagnostic testing by capturing, concentrating, and preserving low abundance analytes from biological samples.

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