OCEAN DIAGNOSTICS WAS ESTABLISHED BY AN UNLIKELY DUO WHO CAME TOGETHER SERENDIPITOUSLY.
In 2017, after witnessing the degradation of the oceans while scuba diving and sailing, Dean Wenham decided to use his sailboat for good and contribute to microplastics research. To his surprise, the only technology available for sampling microplastics, especially at depth, was heavy, expensive and impossible to deploy from a small sailboat. Not to mention, the analysis of microplastics was manual, labour-intensive and often qualitative.
Dean thought, if he found it difficult to research microplastics how challenging it must be for scientists trying to find answers to their research questions about ocean health and the effects of microplastic pollution.
By chance, he stumbled upon the work Ethan Edson, a young and dynamic marine scientist and engineer studying at Northeastern University in Massachusetts. Having collaborated on multiple microplastics research projects and spending a semester at sea using Neuston Nets, Ethan knew first hand the painstaking and limited processes of collecting and analyzing microplastics. He was developing microplastics sensor technology at the time to help advance the field. Dean connected with Ethan and the two immediately hit it off.
Combining Dean’s seasoned pharmaceutical science and business experience with Ethan’s engineering and marine science skills, and a shared passion for ocean protection, Ocean Diagnostics was born. Now, our growing team of problem solvers, innovators and explorers break down barriers for scientists and citizens to study microplastics and influence global change.