Bovine mastitis is an udder inflammation that can put a cow out of commission for months. It costs the dairy industry $10 billion worldwide every year and $2 billion in the U.S. alone, said Argonne researcher Aeraj ul Haque. It can be caused by several different bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus and E. coli.
SiteDiagnostics, a start-up biotechnology company based on research by ul Haque and Dan Schabacker, also of Argonne, won fourth place in the 2012 Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge. The challenge is a business creation competition that funds the best entrepreneurial ideas by students at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.