MouSensor, Inc.

About us

 

Vision

MouSensor, Inc. is an early-stage biotech company that engineers super sniffer mice to build a live nose-on-a-chip. We have the bold vision to detect, discover and digitize every single smell on this planet; from the fragrances in a perfumer’s palette to odors associated with diseases such as Parkinson’s disease. It is our mission to unlock the power of a new field, Odoromics, and to establish the first-ever digital database of smell.

Expertise

The MouSensor platform is the product of more than 25 years of fundamental research on the molecular biology of the sense of smell. The science behind the technology has been extensively validated by the co-founders of the company, Dr. Paul Feinstein and Dr. Charlotte D’Hulst, at Hunter College, CUNY in the heart of New York City. The MouSensor technology is published in the peer-reviewed journal Cell Reports in 2016.

Eco-System

Founded and headquartered in New York City, MouSensor, Inc. is honored to be part of a vibrant biotech entrepreneurial ecosystem which allows us to attract talented graduates and experts to achieve our scientific & commercial goals. MouSensor, Inc. is a certified NYC Innovation Hotspot, a member of the STARTUP NY program, a resident of the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and a proud member of the Alexandria LaunchLabs® community. The Company has a Belgian subsidiary, MouSensor Europe BVBA.

Technology

Volatile odors in our environment bind specific sensors in the nose, called odorant receptors (ORs). Even though the full OR repertoire was identified in 1991, only 10% of all human ORs have a known ligand. The fundamental reason why large-scale odor-profiling of ORs has been lagging, is that ORs are notoriously hard to express outside their native environment (i.e., in vitro). Hence, conventional pharmacological screening methods cannot be used to identify which odors bind with what receptors. MouSensor, Inc. uses mice (our so-called MouSensors) as bioreactors to express large amounts of fully functional human ORs in their native environment, i.e., an olfactory sensory neuron (OSN). Our revolutionary platform technology allows us to easily customize different MouSensor lines and to build an entire library of animals covering the full human OR repertoire. We are now translating our in vivo technology to an ex vivo odor screening platform to build the first-ever human-nose-on-a-chip. To integrate the MouSensor biology with state-of-the-art nanochip technology, we have partnered with imec (Belgium), the world-leading R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies.

Meet our team

 
Paul Feinstein, PhD

Paul Feinstein, PhD

Co-Founder & CSO
Charlotte D'Hulst, PhD

Charlotte D’Hulst, PhD

Co-Founder & CEO
Elke Giets, PhD

Elke Giets, PhD

Managing Director, MouSensor Europe BVBA

Our Investors

 

Turning Nanotechnology into Business


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New York, State of Opportunity

Board Of Advisors

 

 

Charles Greer, PhD
Charles Greer, PhD
Scientific Advisor

Prof. Em. Eugene Johnson
Prof. Em. Eugene Johnson
Scientific Advisor

Jeffrey Martens, PhD
Jeffrey Martens, PhD
Scientific Advisor

Dr. Randall Reed
Dr. Randall Reed
Scientific Advisor

Elma Hawkins, PhD, MBAElma Hawkins, PhD, MBA
Business Advisor

Walt Carney, PhDWalt Carney, PhD
Business Advisor

Carol Christensen, PhD, MBACarol Christensen, PhD, MBA
Business Advisor

Steve HicksSteve Hicks
Chairman of Directors

News

 
MouSensor, Inc. closes a $3.3M seed round to digitize the sense of smell

MouSensor, Inc. closes a $3.3M seed round to digitize…

NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — MouSensor, Inc., a biotechnology company that develops a novel and potentially transformative platform to digitize the sense of smell, announced today…
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Charlotte D’Hulst, CEO of MouSensor, Inc., Nominated as One of the Top 50 Flemish Innovators for the Future by Belgian Newspaper “De Tijd”

Charlotte D’Hulst, CEO of MouSensor, Inc., Nominated as One…

Charlotte D’Hulst, CEO of MouSensor, Inc., nominated as one of the top 50 Flemish innovators for the future by Belgian newspaper “De Tijd”.
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The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research Awards MouSensor, Inc. With $250K in Follow-Up Funding.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research Awards…

The Michael J.Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research awards MouSensor, Inc. with $250K in follow-up funding.
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CEO, Charlotte D’Hulst, Selected to Represent MouSensor, LLC at the Annual Women in Bio Plenary Event in San Diego, CA.

CEO, Charlotte D’Hulst, Selected to Represent MouSensor, LLC at…

CEO, Charlotte D’Hulst, selected to represent MouSensor, LLC at the annual Women in Bio Plenary Event in San Diego, CA.
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MouSensor, LLC Wins Its First NSF SBIR Phase I Grant

MouSensor, LLC Wins Its First NSF SBIR Phase I…

MouSensor, LLC won its first NSF SBIR phase I grant ($225,000).
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MouSensor, LLC Wins Outstanding Pitch Award At NewYorkBIO

MouSensor, LLC Wins Outstanding Pitch Award At NewYorkBIO

MouSensor, LLC won the Outstanding Pitch Award at the annual NewYorkBIO conference on May 11, 2017.
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MouSensor, LLC Wins Grant From Michael J. Fox Foundation

MouSensor, LLC Wins Grant From Michael J. Fox Foundation

MouSensor LLC won a grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
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EisnerAmper

EisnerAmper

MouSensor, LLC’s co-founder Charlotte D’Hulst was recently featured in EisnerAmper’s 2016-2017 winter issue of Catalyst on women in biotech.
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MouSensor’s Story Picked Up By Belgian Newspaper De Tijd

MouSensor’s Story Picked Up By Belgian Newspaper De Tijd

MouSensor, LLC’s story was picked up by the prestigious Belgian newspaper De Tijd (PDF).
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MouSensor Technology Covered By Science Magazine

MouSensor Technology Covered By Science Magazine

The MouSensor technology was covered by Science Magazine.
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MouSensor’s Breakthrough Technology Published In Cell Reports

MouSensor’s Breakthrough Technology Published In Cell Reports

The paper entitled: “MouSensor: A Versatile Platform to Create Super Sniffer Mice for Studying Human Odor Coding” was published on July 7th, 2016, in Cell…
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ELabNYC 2016

ELabNYC 2016

MouSensor, LLC was selected to participate in the prestigious Entrepreneurship Lab program, ELabNYC 2016, which teaches business skills and networks its participants.
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