About Us

The Company

NanoShunt Company was co-founded by Professor Cargill Alleyne, Jr., M.D., and Dr. K.C.Adiga on March 28, 2018 in order to develop and commercialize a possible alternate method to VP Shunt and product to treat hydrocephalus patients.


The most common type of shunting (ventriculoperitoneal or VP shunting) typically includes tunneling a considerable length of tubing under the skin and into the peritoneum. This technique was developed in the late 1800’s and has not undergone significant change in two centuries. This approach to CSF shunting presents risks of infection, occlusion, disconnection, migration, discomfort, pseudocyst formation, bowel injury, and other issues. Furthermore, there remains a relatively high failure rate of such shunts, with an over 50% rate of shunt revision being observed in some series.


A Neurosurgery professor from MCG@AU  (updated profile included below) and a scientist with rocket science and thermal modeling background from NanoMist Fire Safety  entered into the medical device R&D efforts leading to a “new product”. The product makes a paradigm shift from lengthy catheter to direct dispersion of CSF by ultrafine droplet atomization process (NanoMist). The endeavor is revolutionary in reducing the complications of VP shunt method for hydrocephalus in patients' lives.

Besides biomedical discipline and underlying science and engineering, the common physics emerged from the collaborative work is the method and device for disposing of excess CSF via ultrafine droplet physic. This theme is the driver in other two R&D companies that Dr. K.C. Adiga is associated with (NanoMist Systems, LLC, and NanoMist Fire Safety, LLC


Patent and trademark are pending on this technology (MCG at Augusta University, GA).     


The company targets its implant product shortly for evaluation. The website shows various stages of prototypes now reaching the final stage of freezing the design and produce 3D printed products.


Co-Founder, President, NanoShunt, LLC, Augusta, GA

Professor Cargill H. Alleyne, Jr., M.D., Neurosurgery


Current Roles

  • Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

  • Co-Director of Neurosurgery Vascular Service 

  • Board Certified: American Board of Neurological Surgery (2002)

  • President, NanoShunt, LLC (Present)


  • M.D. Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven CT, 1991

  • General Surgery Internship: Emory University Affiliated Hospitals, 1992

  • Neurosurgery Residency: Emory University Affiliated Hospitals Program, 1992-1998

  • Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Tumor Surgery Fellowship: Barrow Neurological Institute, 1998-1999


Prior Appointments

  • Marshall Allen Distinguished Chair, MCG at Augusta University, 2007-2018

  • Program Director, Neurosurgery Residency Training Program, MCG, 2004-2018

  • Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, MCG, 2004-2009

  • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Chief of Cerebrovascular Service, University of Rochester, 1999-2003

  • Associate Program Director, Neurosurgery Residency Training Program, University of Rochester, 2000-2003

Clinical Interests

  • Vascular diseases of the brain and spinal cord

  • Stroke and transient ischemic attacks

  • Brain aneurysms (surgery and coiling)

  • Brain vascular malformations

  • Carotid stenosis

  • Endovascular surgery

  • Gamma knife radiosurgery

  • Skull base brain tumors

  • Spine surgery

  • General Neurosurgery

Research Interests

  • Treatment of cerebral vasospasm

  • Novel treatment of stroke

  • Novel treatment of aneurysms

  • Potential novel treatment of hydrocephalus



  • Best Doctors in America, 2007-present

  • Castle Connolly Top (or Top Regional) Doctor, 2013-present

  • America's Top Surgeons, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016

  • Exemplary Teaching Award, MCG, 2016-17 academic year

  • American Board of Neurological Surgeons Scholar, 2016 to present


Publications List: PubMed

Co-Founder, Executive VP and CTO, NanoShunt, LLC 

K.C. Adiga, Ph.D.
NanoMist Fire Safety, LLC: Founder & CEO

EmberTech, LLC: Founder & CEO
NanoMist Systems, LLC: Founder & Partner

NanoShunt, LLC, Co-Founder and Executive VP
LinkedIn Profile:
ResearchGate Profile

K.C. Adiga has a Ph.D. in the area of rocket propulsion/combustion (1980). Since then, he has 25+ years of experience in various areas including propulsion, explosives, fire safety science, combustion and vaporization, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling, materials science, and bio-decontamination science and technology. He has worked in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida before moving on to G.W University, Washington D.C as a Research Professor working at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), at the same time (1984-90) on CFD modeling of fires. He also worked on modeling fire safety of cigarettes for BAT Industries and has carried out CFD process modeling for drying, air separation, and safer cigarettes.

Dr. Adiga was an Adjunct Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Louisville, KY. Dr. Adiga has more than 40 publications (refereed journals, national and international conferences papers, papers in trade magazines), and 28 patents (issued and pending).

The citation of a published paper from Dr. Adiga's PhD thesis related to the analytical modeling of oxygen balancing and thermochemistry of multi-component reactants is now more than 1200. (Google Scholar).  This analytical model is being actively used in materials and nano-materials synthesis process technologies.

Dr. Adiga founded NanoMist Systems in 2001 with a mission of developing an extremely fine mist atomization technology as a platform technology. After NanoMist's R&D produced marketable products. Dr. Adiga founded EmberTech, LLC in 2013 to foster the R&D process for developing disruptive product technologies. EmberTech, LLC proposed challenging transition from fire suppression to fire prevention technology. In addition to establishing new companies and industrial sectors, Dr. Adiga has collaborated with the U. S. Naval Research Laboratory as well as Hughes Associates (funded through Geo Centers, Inc.), CSM Colorado School of Mines/NASA, major fire protection industries, Materials and CFD Industries, major health care industry (funded project), and the high speed aerodynamics and materials groups in a global collaboration.

He recently (March 2018) co-founded NanoShunt, LLC, a biomedical R&D company with Professor Cargill Alleyne, Jr., M.D., a  Neurosurgeon from MCG at Augusta University. The company specializes in developing an alternative to VP Shunt method for treating hydrocephalus disorder. This is a paradigm shift  in direct delivery and disposal of excess CSF produced in hydrocephalus patients without the lengthy tube (catheter) tunneling underneath the skin. Both thermodynamics and transport modeling are reviewed for direct dispersion of excess CSF fluid in hydrocephalus patients without using shunts. Currently, a miniaturized implant prototype is being developed that can atomize and disperse the liquid and droplets and vapors are absorbed by capillary bed and also diffuse out as sweat (perspiration). Patent and trademark are pending on this technology (MCG at Augusta University, GA).     


His specialization: Rocket Propulsion, combustion, physics of extremely small droplets generation, behavior, and applications.

Dr. Adiga and his wife Rajani have two grown children. Rajani and Dr. Adiga reside in Macon, GA.


Note: A publication and patents list of Dr. K.C.Adiga is provided separately at the end.