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THE VALUE OF WASTED eggs in the US is more
than $440 million annually. This prize money
is intended to fund research that will help
eliminate the approximately 6 billion to
7 billion male layer chicks culled each year.
"We are working on a prototype where you place a
tray of eggs into a modified MRI machine," Gomez said.
"During the first phase of this prize, we focused on the
accuracy of identifying the different sexes. In the protype
phase, we are focusing on creating a specialized MRI coil
that scans eggs quickly."
Orbem.ai was awarded $400,000 by FFAR, which was
matched by outside contributors for a total of $1,149,911.
"Winning this award was a sign of validation that we are
on the right track toward solving this problem. We are super
excited to be working on this technology," Gomez said.

Optics and multidimensional
spectral mapping
John Humphrey, the founder of Microscale Devices LLC,
and his team are working to develop optical fingerprints
that can determine the sex of an egg in less than five
seconds. The technology uses multidimensional spectral
mapping, which measures the refracted light patterns of
different wavelengths that are directed at an egg.
"Our decade-long experience in the poultry industry has
allowed us to come up with unique systems and processes
that are reproducible and scalable. We use a unique variety
of algorithms and optical systems which allow us to
streamline the process," Humphrey said. "This award helps
support our goals to further develop processes that provide

the scale and quality required by poultry producers."
Microscale Devices received $251,459 from FFAR and
Open Philanthropy. The funding was matched by outside
contributors to total $451,459.

Volatile organic compounds
Four of the Phase I winning teams are working on
methodologies involving volatile organic compounds
(VOCs), naturally occurring chemicals found in all living
organisms.
Adam Rivers, an analytical chemist with the United
States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research
Service, was awarded $396,762. His research uses a
combination of fiber optics and machine learning to
analyze VOCs in eggs. The technique also involves an
analytical chemistry technique, proton transfer reaction
mass spectrometry (PTR-MS), to detect and analyze the
composition of VOCs at a rate of 2,000 samples per hour.
"We really see our role as the development of the
platform technology that integrators can add to existing
commercial egg handling equipment in their production
line," Rivers said.
Abdennour Abbas, an associate professor in the
department of bioproducts and biosystems engineering at
the University of Minnesota, has developed a two-pronged
method to determine the sex of an egg. First, a 3D scanner
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New methods for sanitizing and pasteurizing shell eggs
Iowa organic egg company produces on small farms
Egg associations key for sector's sustainable growth
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