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Rapid Detection Nano-Sensors for Biological Warfare Agents in Buildings and…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
77106
Program Year/Program:
2007 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
A064-026-0064
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
EPIR Technologies Inc
590 Territorial Drive, Suite B Bolingbrook, IL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Rapid Detection Nano-Sensors for Biological Warfare Agents in Buildings and HVAC Systems
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W9132T-07-C-0022
Award Amount: $749,941.00
 

Abstract:

In the Phase I program, EPIR Technologies successfully developed a technology for real-time, simultaneous detection of several types of biological agents using a novel FRET-based detection technique. The development of multiplexed detection capabilities with extremely low false positives in this Phase I program allowed EPIR to establish improved standards in biosensing. Innovative surface modification protocols for bioconjugation of quencher labeled bioagents enabled the shelf life of these complexes to be extended greatly. In the proposed Phase II program, EPIR will develop the Phase I "proof of concept" to prototyping, while continuously working towards the advancement of the FRET-based detection to go beyond the current state of the art biosensors for HVAC systems. To sustain a commercially viable biosensor program, EPIR has already initiated the development of on-site facilities to lower production costs and expand process quality control. EPIR also proposes to investigate innovative design and engineering processes to develop low cost, miniature biosensors. Finally, EPIR proposes several innovative "smart decontamination" techniques that will be integrated to the biosensors to not only detect but also provide large scale, rapid decontamination of the air inside buildings and HVAC systems.

Principal Investigator:

Dinakar Ramadurai
Biomedical Engineer
6307710203
rdinakar@epir.com

Business Contact:

Sivalingam Sivanantha
President
6307710201
ssivananthan@epir.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

EPIR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
590 Territorial Drive, Suite B Bolingbrook, IL 60440

EIN/Tax ID: 364196918
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO
Office of Research Services
1737 W. Polk Street
Chicago, IL 60612 7227
Contact: Michael Stroscio
Contact Phone: (312) 413-5968
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university