DEVELOPMENT OF A BREATH ANALYZER FOR ASTHMA SCREENING
DESCRIPTION (Applicant's abstract): Development of a laser-based breath
analyzer is proposed for measuring nitric oxide (NO) in exhaled breath of
asthmatic patients. Preliminary results using a prototype breath tester
demonstrated the feasibility of the proposed technique for measuring trace NO
in exhaled breath. A correlation between above-normal levels of NO with asthma
condition has been establishes. Te objective of this Phase I project is to
build a prototype instrument suitable for use in a clinical setting. Success of
Phase I will be measured by generation of clinically useful data for treatment
and management of asthma. Asthma is characterized by chronic airway
inflammation and increased synthesis of NO in expired air. In the proposed
project, Ekips Technologies Inc. will exploit its extensive background in
mid-IR laser technology, trace gas detection, and computer interfacing to
develop a very sensitive apparatus for non-invasive monitoring of exhaled NO.
The long-term goal of the project is commercialization of the proposed
technique as a clinical-based sensor for quick and large-scale diagnosing
asthma in children and adults. In collaboration with Allergy Clinic of Tulsa,
at least 100 breath tests will be performed during Phase I.
Small Business Information at Submission:
EKIPS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
EKIPS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. 6002 FLAMING OAKS CIR NORMAN, OK 73026
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