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Onteko Inc is a startup created in 2022 in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Despite being a recently established company, we are proud to have a team of scientists and engineers with over 40 years of experience in laser technology. With their expertise, backed by numerous scientific publications and more than 20 patents, we are poised to make a significant impact in the industry.At Onteko, our primary focus is on developing unique technologies and creating disruptive products that open new markets. We strive to leverage our expertise to address untapped niches with wide-ranging demands that have yet to be met. One outstanding example of our innovative solutions is a technology we have developed to dramatically improve the absorption of agrochemicals by plants. By selectively removing the wax cuticle, we significantly reduce environmental damage while minimizing the need for chemical products, making agriculture more sustainable.Additionally, we have created a revolutionary technology for removing spines from fresh nopales, a highly valuable food product. Our contribution eliminates the major bottleneck in the commercialization process, unlocking the strategic potential of this nutritious resource.In addition to these unique solutions, we also produce high-resolution Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) spectrometers. These cutting-edge devices have been exported to several countries, providing advanced analytical capabilities to researchers and industries worldwide.At Onteko, we are driven by our passion for innovation and our commitment to creating a positive impact. Join us on our journey as we revolutionize industries and shape a better future through our groundbreaking technologies.

Meet the Team

Our team culture is characterized by collaboration, innovation, and a strong sense of purpose. We foster an environment where every member's ideas are valued, and we work together seamlessly to overcome challenges. Our commitment to excellence and our shared passion for pushing the boundaries of technology drive us to achieve our goals while maintaining a supportive and inclusive atmosphere.

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Luis has international experience in the field of laser technology and an intellectual property portfolio of 20 patent actions and over 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He has a consistent history of developing innovative laser-based solutions to complex problems in a variety of industries, including healthcare, spectroscopy, materials science, processing, manufacturing, and agriculture. Luis is highly adept at obtaining grant funding and discovering new targets for utilizing state-of-the-art technological advances. He has also founded and/or directed successful research laboratories and has experience in the academic sector as a Professor at the graduate and postgraduate levels. In addition, Luis has been appointed as a Senior Associate Professor at The International Centre for Theoretical Physics of Trieste in Italy.

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Scientist - Laser Technology

Luis Ponce Cabrera, CEO


Alejandro is a highly skilled researcher with experience in bioinformatics and clinical trial assay development. He has developed and validated assays to determine immunotherapy efficacy on clinical trials. Alejandro has extensive experience on molecular biology and bioinformatics. He has published multiple manuscripts in high-impact journals and has experience using his experience in biomedical sciences to challenging interdisciplinary problems.

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Researcher - Biotechnology

Alejandro Ponce

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Ernesto is a proficient mechatronics engineer with expertise in areas such as manufacturing engineering, SolidWorks, PLC programming, robotics, 3D modeling, product design, automation, and project management. His experience at View Inc, Tesla, and Rani Therapeutics has honed his skills in automating processes from macro to nanoscale, notably in projects like LIBS automation for compositional mapping.
Ernesto combines a strong work ethic with an innovative approach and sharp analytical skills, contributing significantly to any team. He is also a published author in scientific journals and a patent applicant, enhancing his profile as a valuable asset to the Onteko team.

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Engineer - Mechatronics

Ernesto Ponce

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Teresa is a Senior scientist with a wealth of experience in analytical chemistry and spectroscopy through innovative solutions. With an impressive intellectual property portfolio of 15 patent actions and over 80 publications, Teresa has a consistent history of developing laser-based spectroscopy solutions for various industries, including healthcare, chemistry, materials science, processing, and biological science. In addition to her industry experience, Teresa has also served as a Professor in the academic sector.

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Scientist - Spectroscopy

Teresa Flores

 Intelectual property

  • "Materials and Methods for Delivering a Substance to a Plant",  6/529,138

  • "Laser instrument coupled with a slit lamp to determine the micro-composition of samples from the generation of atomic emissions", 62/649,258

  • "Method to Enhance Substances Uptake by Plants Using Selective Ablation of Light Pulses to Remove the Wax Cuticle", 17/975,139

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Publications from the last  years

  1. Analysis of Amber Samples by LIBS and Chemometrics Methods, T Flores, FC Alvira, A Ponce, L Ponce. Revista Cubana de Física 40 (1), 27-33

  2. Use of non-intrusive laser exfoliation to improve substance uptake into citrus leaves. LP Cabrera, E Etxeberria, P Gonzalez, TF ReyesF1000Research 1

  3. Fast Detection of Prostate Malignant Tissue by Multipulsed Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS). A Ponce, T Flores, L Ponce. Revista Cubana de Física 39 (2), 81-84

  4. Application of a temporal synchronization device for the study of laser-induced plasma spectroscopy in a multi-pulse regime. LVP Cabrera, TF Reyes, YP Moret, FC Alvira. Applied Optics 60 (6), 1574-1577

  5. Application of a temporal synchronization device for the study of laser-induced plasma spectroscopy in a multi-pulse regime. LV Ponce Cabrera, T Flores Reyes, Y Perez, FC Alvira. The Optical Society

  6. Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) as a novel technique for detecting bacterial infection in insects. N Killiny, E Etxeberria, AP Flores, PG Blanco, TF Reyes, LP Cabrera. Scientific reports 9 (1), 2449

  7. Rapid identification of Huanlongbing-infected citrus plants using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy of phloem samples L Ponce, E Etxeberria, P Gonzalez, A Ponce, T Flores. Applied Optics 57 (30), 8841-8844

  8. Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) for express identification of crude oils. FG Rendón-Sauz, T Flores-Reyes, C Costa-Vera Revista Cubana De FIsica 35 (1), 19-23

  9. Rapid classification of bacteria using LIBS in multi-pulse laser regime and neural networks processing. FG Rendón-Sauz, T Flores-Reyes, A Ponce-Flores. Revista Cubana de Física 35 (1), 10-14

  10. Quantitative description of yttrium aluminate ceramic composition by means of Er+ 3 microluminescence spectrum. FA Videla, Matías Rubén Tejerina, L Moreira-Osorio, María Susana Conconi, DJO Orzi, T Flores, LV Ponce, Gabriel Mario Bilmes, Gustavo Adrian Torchia

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