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TRACE BORON QUANTITATION IN PITUITARY TISSUES FOR BORON NEUTRON

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
19012
Program Year/Program:
1993 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
19012
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ATOM SCIENCES, INC.
ATOM SCIENCES, INC. 114 RIDGEWAY CTR OAK RIDGE, TN 37830 8810
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1993
Title: TRACE BORON QUANTITATION IN PITUITARY TISSUES FOR BORON NEUTRON
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $500,000.00
 

Abstract:

PITUITARY TUMORS COMPRISE ABOUT TEN PERCENT OF ALL BRAIN TUMORS. THE CLINICAL PRESENTATION OF THESE TUMORS IS DIVERSE, THE MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY IS HIGH, AND THE TREATMENT MODALITIES ARE INADEQUATE. LOADING PITUITARY CORTICOTROPHS AND SOMATOTROPHS WITH 10BORON LINKED TO EITHER CORTICOTROPHIN RELEASING HORMONE OR GROWTH HORMONE RELEASING HORMONE, WILL ALLOW KILLING OF TARGETED CELLS WHEN IRRADIATED WITH THERMAL NEUTRONS, LEADING TO MORE EFFECTIVE CANCER THERAPY WITH THE BORON NEUTRON CAPTURE THERAPY (BNCT) TECHNIQUE. THE AVAILABILITY OF A TECHNIQUE ENABLING ACCURATE MEASUREMENTS OF PARTS PER BILLION BORON CONCENTRATION IN MICRO, OR SUB-MICROLITER SAMPLES WILL BE AN IMPORTANT INGREDIENT IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF BORON DELIVERY MECHANISMS TO SPECIFIC CELLS. AN EMERGING ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUE, RESONANCE IONIZATION SPECTROSCOPY (RIS), HAS DEMONSTRATED EXTREMELY HIGH SELECTIVITY AND SENSITIVITY IN ELEMENTAL ANALYSIS. RIS UTILIZES LASERS TUNED TO STATES UNIQUE TO THE DESIRED ELEMENT, THEREBY, ACHIEVING EFFICIENT IONIZATION OF THE ANALYTE WITH ESSENTIALLY NO BACKGROUND. THESE CHARACTERISTICS ARE EXTENDABLE TO BORON, AND WOULD PROVIDE A SOLUTION TO THE AIMS DESCRIBED ABOVE. INSTRUMENTAL AND CHEMICAL DEVELOPMENTS WILL BE USED TO APPLY THIS METHOD SPECIFICALLY TO BORON IN BIOLOGICAL MATRICES. SAMPLE ATOMIZATION OPTIONS WILL BE INVESTIGATED TOGETHER WITH QUANTITATION OPTIONS, INCLUDING ISOTOPE DILUTION, TO MINIMIZE COMPLEXITY AND ASSURE RELIABILITY.

Principal Investigator:

Ellison H Taylor
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Atom Sciences Inc.
114 Ridgeway Center Oak Ridge, TN 37830

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No