BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Broome County in partnership with Binghamton University and the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator is helping a BU student get her business off the ground.
ChemSense was the winner of a $5,000 grant. ChemSense founder Lynn Schmitt developed a test for sulfites in wine, beer and hard cider during her graduate studies at the university. Sulfites are added to alcohol to prevent it from turning to vinegar and to stop the growth of bacteria that can make you sick. However, if there is too much sulfite, it can cause allergic reactions and make the alcohol taste like sulfur, which is why it’s regulated by the FDA and testing is needed.
Schmitt says this grant is making her business a reality. “It really jump started my whole business so it’s a big deal. On top of that I have a second investment that I was offered before this money but I couldn’t even hear that investment without becoming a corporation. So really the county by investing that money is helping me create this business
Current methods of sulfite testing take days but Schmitt’s takes only a few hours. She says thanks to the grant, she will be able to start and grow ChemSense here locally.