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Our Company

About Us

History

Volatile Analysis Corporation was founded in March, 2007 and began operations in a business incubator near the campus of the University of Alabama Huntsville. The original mission was to utilize volatile chemicals to detect disease states (metabolomics). Ground work was conducted in vitro and ex-vivo with pathogenic fungi. Results were presented at the American Chemical Society annual meeting (Washington D.C., 2009), and at the International Association for Breath Research (Dortmund, Germany, 2009). Final results were published in the Journal of Breath Research (2012).

Development of patent pending devices commenced in conjunction metabolomics studies. Support funding was received from the 2010 Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project (IRS, NIH, HHS combined).

A services department was established shortly after founding with a focus in the area of aroma and odor development and analysis as well as trace level chemical measurement to enable the company to expand in areas besides research. Since initial endeavors this facet of Volatile Analysis has grown to include global clientele.

In 2015 Volatile Analysis opened research and development lab space at the HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology in Cummings Research Park, Huntsville. The R&D division will conduct operations in the new lab space.

Scientific Summary

Volatile Analysis Corporation (VAC), a scientific odor company, specializes in volatile chemical detection and measurement for medical and industrial purposes. The research group focuses on links between biomarkers and diagnosis of human and animal diseases, an area collectively known as volatile metabolomics. Scientists develop technologies to enhance successful volatile metabolite capture from various biological sources. Extraction technologies also have industrial applications.

The analytical services group specializes in quantification of trace level and ultra-trace level (ng/g or parts per trillion and lower) chemicals responsible for odor and aroma. Sensory trained staff also review industrial processes and coordinate odor remediation efforts. Examples of industries served include: paper, packaging, pharmaceutical, food, beverage, textiles, manufacturing, automotive, apparel, and cosmetic.

Excellence

Volatile Analysis Corporation strives for excellence. We want to exceed your expectations. When working with analytical methods and development, often process refinement is necessary to get it exactly right. We ensure the method is appropriate even if it means performing work that is not billable. We deploy project management principles to ensure all details are accounted for, work is completed on time, and within budget.

Mission and Values

Volatile Analysis Corporation strives to be the leader in odor identification/ characterization, and aroma-based product development. Our goal is to provide specialized expertise (sensory and analytical) to achieve this goal.

Our values are simple:

1. Conduct business practices that reflect honesty and integrity
2. Put ourselves in our clients shoes for perspective
3. Provide services at a fair price
4. Go well beyond client expectations

Executive Summary

Volatile Analysis Corporation is comprised of professionals who understand what it means to be responsible for the bottom line. We have experienced executive leadership, and a scientific team that has earned respect throughout the industry. It takes business and science to build excellent client relationships. Volatile Analysis professionally assists in developing scopes of work for all of our projects and deploys project management principles in executing them. Our executive team regularly attends industry events both as participants and as presenters. When it comes to odor analysis, our team is among the World’s very best.

Research and Development

VAC’s  Research and Development division is located on the campus of the Hudson Alpha Institute of Biotechnology. In 2015 VAC was approved as an Associate Company of Hudson Alpha.  This was a very exciting moment for VAC as it tools us back to our original launch initiative, solving problems in health based utilizing volatiles for indications of disease.

The research division not only works on identifying trace level volatile signatures related to disease identification, but we continuously are evaluating and working on new inventions in the area of trace level chemical analysis tools.  VAC continues to develop new products and technologies to help the scientific community solve many of the challenges of humanity today.

Key Services

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Odor Problem Solving

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Odor Strategy

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On-Demand Analysis

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Leadership Team

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Katherine Malmay-Bazemore

President / Chief Executive Officer

Katherine Malmay-Bazemore has been solving problems her entire 30+ year career. She uses her motto, “Never, Never, Quit”, whether it is in finding the best way to get a team to work together or finding an elusive chemical that is creating disruption for a new client. Katherine understands how to build something from nothing and believes in helping connect the dots to allow for win-win situations for both VAC’s clients and VAC’s stakeholders. Katherine holds a BS in Business Administration from Carson Newman University.

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Matthew Shirley

Chief Operations Officer

Matt has over 30 years experience in operations and logistics. Matt spent 20 years in the United States Marine Corps as an Operations and Logistics Officer and 10 years in the defense contracting industry as a Program Analyst and Program Manager. He has a BBA, Engineering Route to Business from the University of Texas and an MS in Operations Research from the United States Naval Postgraduate School. Matt joined the Volatile Analysis Corporation team in early 2015.

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Russell Bazemore PhD.

Chief Research Officer

Russell has more than 20 years experience working with all sorts of odorous chemicals as scientist and author. He earned a Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Florida and was a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Monell Chemical Senses Center.  Russell is co-founder of Volatile Analysis and leads Research and Development.  

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Chris Christenson PhD.

Chief Analytical Officer

With over 40 years of experience, Chris leads our Analytical Team to grow our company.  Chris studied Chemistry at Iowa State University. He spent 38 years at The Dow Chemical Company where he was a Corporate Fellow.   He focused on problem solving, fundamental structure property relationships in polyurethanes and inventing new materials and processes.  He lives in Central Texas with his wife Patricia on a small ranch.

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Mitchell White PhD.

Vice President – Project Implementation

Mitch has 35 years of industrial experience, as a scientist, trainer, manager, and independent consultant. He holds bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and mathematics from Texas Lutheran College, and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Utah. Mitch leads efforts in data analysis automation, process improvements, project management and corporate certifications.

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Jeremy Cummings

Vice President – Sales & Marketing

Jeremy has over 10 years experience in marketing, sales, innovation, and technology. He has extensive acuity in getting Volatile’s message out and relating what we do to our audience in an up-to-date simplified manner. Jeremy has been with Volatile Analysis in various capacities since its’ inception in 2007. He lives in Knoxville with his wife Pam and two kids.

Trusted by the Best

Highly Recommended

“Volatile Analysis helped us evaluate fish samples for Geosmin and MIB.  Their work is of the highest caliber. Highly recommended.”

Jim Michaels

Mote Marine Laboratory

Results We Needed

“Volatile Analysis has evaluated several samples for us both with unknown odor assessment and quantifying various chemicals. Got the results we needed!  Great partner for our company.”

Alastair Winn

Applied Silicone