Vermont business continue to make headlines! Learn more about employee owned Chroma Technology Corp in Southern Vermont and how their custom optical filters are changing scientific research.
“The thing that’s kind of unique is, they have their finger on the pulse of where science is moving.”
At the Warshaw Molecular Motors Group, a research laboratory at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, David Warshaw and his eight colleagues spend their days peering through high-powered microscopes, looking at motors that are 5,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair.
They’re studying the tiny engines that power the human heart and how genetic mutations of those engines can lead to genetic forms of heart failure. Those include sudden cardiac death, which occurs in about one in 200 people worldwide. High-tech microscopes allow Warshaw’s group to magnify cellular structures so they are visible to the eye, but the scientists must use them in conjunction with a light-splitting optical filter to see the cell’s individual components…The optical filters in Warshaw’s microscopes didn’t come from China or Japan, or even Boston. They were made in Bellows Falls by Chroma Technology Corp., a 128-employee company founded in 1991.