Inovatia has been instrumental in advancing the development of a number of client technologies, including industrial processes, chemical and consumer products, pharmaceuticals, and environmental monitoring technologies. In addition, the firm has been successful at leveraging research funding to advance technologies emanating from its own research activities. This has resulted in the development of a significant technology portfolio (see Technology Development). Inovatia’s scientists are dedicated to the process of discovery and are focused on gaining a knowledge and understanding of the events, behaviors, theories, or laws that may be translated to real-world applications. This systematic process of inquiry has been applied to both basic and applied research.
Basic research is exploratory in nature. It is purely focused on the advancement of knowledge and, while it may produce a result that points to an application, it is often conducted with no specific result in mind. Inovatia has experience in experimental design to advance knowledge at this basic level. Further, the company’s scientists approach each project with the intent of building a secure foundation for applied research activities that may one day lead to marketable products, processes, or materials.
The primary aim of applied research is not to gain knowledge for its own sake but to produce specific results that are often predetermined. New processes, methods, or materials are designed, researched, and validated to meet a specific technological requirement and/or market. Common areas of applied research include electronics, informatics, material science, process engineering, and drug design. The scientists at Inovatia have earned a reputation for providing innovative and cost-effective solutions to problems presented by its clientele. Applications in synthetic chemistry have resulted in new materials and molecules for neurobiology, drug delivery, imaging, immunoassay, disinfection/infection control, sterility maintenance, and protection against threats from chemical and biological warfare agents. New or unresolved analytical challenges have been met through the integration of automated and classical methods.