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Lateral flow molecular assay for horse strangles

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
88545
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2008-00036
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
BIOHELIX CORPORATION
500 Cummings Center BEVERLY, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Lateral flow molecular assay for horse strangles
Agency: USDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $80,000.00
 

Abstract:

This proposal seeks to develop a simple, and sensitive molecular diagnostic assay for the detection of Streptococcus equi; the causative agent of strangles. Outbreaks of this disease at racetracks and training establishments caused major disruptions, and economic losses to owners, and trainers in the United States in recent years. The control of the spread of strangles relies on a combination of diagnostics, quarantine, vaccination, and in some cases on antibiotic therapy. A diagnostic test is needed to help veterinarians identify convalescent animals that are still infectious after clinical recovery because up to 10% of affected animals continue to shed Streptococcus equi sporadically for prolonged periods, after clinical signs have resolved. The ``gold standard'' for the detection of S. equi is culture of nasal swabs and washes. However, as nasal wash specimens often contain other beta hemolytic streptococci, like Streptococcus zooepidemicus, a diagnostic test must be highly specific. Molecular testing is highly specific. In addition, the assay proposed is easier to implement than other molecular testing technologies because it does not require costly instrumentation.

Principal Investigator:

Bertrand Lemieux
S. Director of Technology Development
8668005458
lemieux@biohelix.com

Business Contact:

Huimin Kong
CEO / President
8668005458
kong@biohelix.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

BIOHELIX CORP
32 TOZER RD Beverly, MA 01915

EIN/Tax ID: 201484089
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No