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DEVELOPMENT OF A SENSITIVE, RAPID CHEMICAL/BIOLOGICAL AGENT DETECTOR

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
965
Program Year/Program:
1985 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
965
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SURMODICS, INC.
SURMODICS, INC. 9924 W 74TH ST EDEN PRAIRIE, MN 55344
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1985
Title: DEVELOPMENT OF A SENSITIVE, RAPID CHEMICAL/BIOLOGICAL AGENT DETECTOR
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $482,028.00
 

Abstract:

THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT OF BIOTECHNOLOGY HAS MADE IT IMPERATIVE TO DETECT BIOHAZARDS WHICH MAY BE ENCOUNTERED INI STRATEGIC AREAS OF AIR FORCE OPERATIONS. THE RELEASE OF BIOLOGICAL/CHEMICAL WARFARE AGENTS IN A DEEP BASE WOULD PRESENT A SIGNIFICANT THREAT. IN PHASE I OF THIS PROPOSAL, WE WILL DEVELOP A QUALITATIVE METHOD OF DETECTING LOW CONCENTRATIONS OF AIRBORNE CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL AGENTS. THIS SENSITIVE, RAPID CHEMICAL/BIOLOGICAL AGENT DETECTOR USES AN ENZYME IMMUNOASSAY (EIA) SYSTEM WHICH WILL PRODUCE A COLORED SPOT ON A FILTER PAPER IN THE PRESENCE OF THE AGENT. ANTIBODIES TO THE VARIOUS AGENTS WILL BE BOUND TO SMALL PARTICLES AND TO A READOUT ENZYME. THESE ANTIBODIES WILL BE MIXED WITH THE SAMPLE CONTAINING THE AGENT THEN FILTERED ONTO A PAPER DISK. A SUBSTRATE SOLUTION WILL BE APPLIED AND THE ENZYME WILL PRODUCE A COLOR ON THE PAPER IF THE AGENT IS PRESENT. THIS METHOD IS QUICK, SENSITIVE, LIGHT WEIGHT, PORTABLE AND MAY BE USED BY NONPROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL. THIS DETECTOR SYSTEM MAY BE PACKAGED FOR USE IN A VARIETY OF ENVIRONMENTS TO DETECT A NUMBER OF BIOLOGICAL/CHEMICAL AGENTS SIMULTANEOUSLY. THE FEASIBILITY OF THIS DETECTOR SYSTEM WILL BE STUDIED IN PHASE II.

Principal Investigator:

Peter Nash, Ph.d.
6129410080

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Bio-metric Systems Inc.
9932 West 74th Street Eden Prairie, MN 55344

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