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Metroplex Technology Business Council Names Chipotle Business Group’s Derrick Charbonnet, P.E., 11th Annual Tech Titans Technology Innovator Awards Finalist

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Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) August 24, 2011 -- The Tech Titans Technology Innovators Award recognizes the pioneering accomplishments of a person, team or group responsible for the creation of breakthrough ideas, processes or products which have advanced the discipline(s) of the arts, education, electronics, energy, engineering, environment, medicine, and/or science.

Charbonnet is Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer for Chipotle Business Group, Inc. (CBGI), a developer of water testing and assay analysis technologies. “It is truly an honor to have Derrick named a finalist in the highly competitive Technology Innovator category,” said Scott Evans, CBGI’s President and CEO. “As I’ve said in the past, it took Derrick about 30 days to theorize a solution to slow water analysis for harmful microbes and complex chemicals; a feat scientists all over the world have been trying to accomplish for decades.” Evans went on to say that Charbonnet’s theory is now becoming a reality through CBGI’s efforts with a multidisciplinary team of scientists and researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington, “Being a UT Arlington alum makes our collaborations with the University even more meaningful.”. “Sure, I theorized our patented Single-step ImmunoSorbent Assay (SISA) for Single and Multiple Analytes,” said Charbonnet, “but the UT Arlington scientists and researchers have advanced the SISA to the point of nearly having a working prototype system for harmful, if not deadly, microbes and complex chemicals in water. I am honored my theory has garnered the attention and resources required to develop an innovative, yet practical water testing solution that will have global impacts.”.

“CBGI is a start-up funded by the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, Evans explained. “We’re a lean operation and we leverage the exceptional resources the University has to offer. It’s been a real pleasure working with scientists such as Dr. Purnendu (Sandy) Dasgupta who was the recipient of the 2011 Award for Chromatography from the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society for pioneering advances in chromatography, and Dr. Michael Roner who has developed SISA lab tests for E. coil, Enterococcus, Cryptosporidium, E. coli O157:H7 and even our first complex chemical test, ethinyl estradiol, an estrogenic hormone used in veterinary and human pharmaceuticals.” CBGI also makes use of the UT Arlington College of Business where Dr. Larry Chonko oversaw the market research that makes up the basis of the company’s marketing plan.

“Tech Titans is the premier recognition of fast-growing, highly innovative companies that contribute to the vibrancy of the North Texas economy and make our region an exciting place to live and work,” said Hernan Giraldo, Vice-President of Sales for applications software at Alcatel-Lucent, and Chair of the MTBC’s Tech Titans steering committee. “We look forward to showcasing true leaders in our industry and celebrating their hard work and creativity.”

About Chipotle Business Group, Inc.
Chipotle Business Group, Inc. (CBGI) is a creator of innovative global water testing and assay analysis technology solutions. CBGI's cutting-edge technologies offer fast, accurate water testing solutions that are cost-effective and easy to use. Working in concert with state, national and international agencies and philanthropic organizations, along with best-in-class researchers, developers and service providers, CBGI helps to ensure industrialized and remote communities worldwide can have safe drinking water and clean recreational water supplies. Chipotle Business Group is a privately-held firm incorporated in Texas, with offices in Texas and Mississippi. For information, visit http://www.chipotlegroup.com or call 817.946.0737.

About The University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of nearly 34,000 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit http://www.uta.edu to learn more.

About the Tech Titans Awards
The Tech Titans Awards were launched in 2001 by the Metroplex Technology Business Council, North Texas’ most comprehensive organization supporting technology. The prestigious annual contest recognizes outstanding technology companies and individuals in the North Texas area who have made contributions during the past year locally, as well as to the technology industry overall. The Tech Titans committee is a group of dedicated volunteers who organize the awards ceremony each year, and judges for the contest are drawn from a variety of disciplines in technology, leaders in the DFW area and past winners. For more information, visit http://www.metroplextbc.org/techtitans.

About The MTBC
The Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC) is the innovation hub for North Texas’ technology community and actively connects entrepreneurs, universities and corporations for significant technological advancements. Founded in 1994 as a non-profit organization with approximately 300 members, it includes technology businesses and providers from across the DFW Metroplex. The MTBC is a TITAN, focused on growing Talent, Innovation, Tech Titans, Advocacy and Networking. It promotes the Dallas region as the center of cloud computing and fosters a culture of innovation among major technology companies in the region. Events include monthly Tech Industry Luncheons, Cloud Computing Special Interest Group Events, CEO Forums, Tech Week in Austin and the annual Tech Titans Awards Gala event. More information about MTBC can be found online by visiting http://www.metroplextbc.org.

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