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Cryptosporidium Detection System

Award Information

Agency:
Environmental Protection Agency
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
53370
Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
68-D-01-012
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
CIENCIA, INC.
111 ROBERTS ST, STE K EAST HARTFORD, CT -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Cryptosporidium Detection System
Agency: EPA
Contract: 68-D-01-012
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

The Phase I objective is to develop a compact, low-cost, easy-to-use system for the rapid detection of Cryptosporidium oocysts. Two key innovations provide the foundation for Ciencia, Inc.'s system: (1) a dielectrophoretic field-flow-fractionation method to replace current filtering and centrifugation methods to concentrate the sample and remove nontarget organisms or nonbiological debris, and (2) direct fluorescent immunoassay detection using a novel type of fluorescent label that should result in a sensitivity improvement of the order of 104 over that of conventional fluorescent immunoassays. Fluorescence excitation will be provided by single quantum well light-emitting diodes. This will result in a low-cost, compact instrument of very low power consumption. These innovations can be used to improve current laboratory-based procedures for Cryptosporidium detection, but more importantly, they can be exploited to implement portable devices for rapid onsite detection, and offer the potential of implementation of online sensors

Principal Investigator:

Business Contact:

Arturo Pilar
8605289737
fernandez@ciencia.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Ciencia, Inc
111 Roberts St Suite K East Hartford, CT 06108

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