Two University of Minnesota graduates are launching a start-up that will commercialize drinking water filtration technology, the university said on Wednesday.

The technology can be used to reduce concentrations of atrazine, a weed killer, to below the detectable limit in drinking water, without producing a "water waste stream," the university said.

Recent graduates Joe Mullenbach and Alex Johansson are launching the start-up. The technology is from the research of biochemist Lawrence Wackett and microbiologist Michael Sadowsky at the university.

The new start-up is the 10th company the university has spun-off from its technology in the last 18 months. The university said more information will be released at a Thursday press conference.