Issue 70 Interview
NANObiz – One of a kind in Turkey TÜRKAK Accredited Provider of Fungal and Environmental Test

Prof. Hüseyin Avni Öktem - Founder & CTO and Ms. Zeynep Öktem – Founder & CEO of  NANObiz informed us about the companies structure and profile, TURKAK accredited lab and Fungus test activities.

Defence Turkey: Could you please briefly introduce us to NANObiz?
NANObiz is a technology company, established in September 2006, and located at ODTÜ Teknokent Ankara, Turkey. The vision of NANObiz is to be a globally recognized technology and product developer in the field of homeland security and the field of CBRN. The company is experienced especially in biological detection, biosensors, decontamination and early warning systems. NANObiz has various patent applications, utility models and trademarks in the above-mentioned fields.
NANObiz is the sole regional accredited lab in the Fungus Test, which is performed according to MIL-STD 810 Environmental Test Standards. NANObiz has accreditation from TURKAK (Turkish Accreditation Agency), which has both local and international recognition around the world.
NANObiz has an interdisciplinary personnel profile consisting of mostly PhD and MSc degrees who are experienced in the field of CBRN.
NANObiz is the exclusive representative of HOTZONE SOLUTIONS GROUP in Turkey, the world’s most practice oriented and realistic CBRNE training provider and consultant service Provider Company. The company is also an active member of the EU Working Group Industrial Mission Group of Security: IMG-S TA6 CBRNE and an active participant in R&D projects financed by the EU.
Defence Turkey: What are the infrastructure and certifications of NANObiz?
NANObiz has a Biological Safety Level -2 (BSL-2) molecular biology & microbiology Laboratory at ODTÜ Teknokent, which is equipped to conduct all research activities. Besides this lab, the company’s main offices together with working places for electronics and software development groups are also located at ODTÜ Teknokent.
NANObiz is certified with ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 17025 general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. The company also has NATIONAL and NATO Secret Level Facility Clearance Certificates as well as a Facility Operation Certificate issued by the Ministry of Defense, in order to conduct R&D and prototyping for the field of CBRN.
Defence Turkey: Can you briefly describe the Fungus Test and its importance?
NANObiz, which is entirely local and national, is the first and only independent institution that has a TÜRKAK accredited lab within ISO 17025 standards in Fungus Test Method 508.7 which is performed according to MIL-STD 810 Environmental Test Standards and Fungus Resistance Test which is performed according to ASTM G21-15 standards. Fungus Tests are one of the most important environmental tests in the defense sector. Fungi are resistant organisms to environmental conditions and because of their structure, they can grow on many materials from fabrics to electronic components, plastics, rubber that we use in everyday life, as well as to more important mechanical parts, which can endanger human life in the case of operational dysfunction. Fungal growth on materials has very different effects. These effects can range from the appearance and bad odor to the loss of function (conductivity, insulation, etc.) due to fungal growth on the material, or the erosion of the material by growing fungal colonies on the material.
NANObiz lab has accreditation from TURKAK (Turkish Accreditation Agency) (accreditation no AB-0863-T) which is recognized by both local and international agencies in specifically Fungus Test Method 508.7 in MIL-STD 810 Environmental Test Standards and Fungus Resistance Test which is performed according to ASTM G21-15 standards. Fungus tests are important tests in the defense sector; these tests are applied in order to evaluate the extent by which the material will support fungal growth and how that growth may affect performance or use of the material. NANObiz Lab has test chambers that accommodate versions that require diurnal temperature and relative humidity cycles. The surface of the test pieces are sprayed with a fine mist of the fungal spore mixture, and then incubated for 28 days or longer according to the demand of the customer.
February 26 2017
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