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Development of Biological Obscurants

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
82473
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N071-004-0755
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
GENEXPRESS INFORMATICS, INC.
13170G Pond Springs Road Suite 5 Austin, TX -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Development of Biological Obscurants
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: M67854-07-C-6527
Award Amount: $69,998.00
 

Abstract:

The DoD has funded a number of nanotechnology based obscurant projects. Recent studies have shown the potential health and environmental risk associated with nanoparticle exposures. Development of biologically based obscurants could eliminate these shortcomings by providing multi-spectral capabilities, environmental-friendly (i.e., biodegradable), non-pathogenic constituents and non-toxic by-products. GXI and Dr. James P. Chambers of the University of Texas at San Antonio propose to develop biological obscurants for battlefield applications based on the use of bacteriochlorophylls. In Phase I, GXI and Dr. Chambers will conduct spectroscopic investigations of bacteria containing bacteriochlorophyll b with tetrapyrrole pigments to demonstrate the feasibility of using chlorophyll compounds as obscurants. We will also investigate the use of combinatorial techniques to alter the protein microenvironment near the tetrapyrrole ring and thus tune the absorption spectra to provide multi-spectral capabilities. The rational for use of chlorophyll compounds as an obscurant is based on the broad range of spectral absorption using chlorophyll derivatives. Absorption peaks coincide well with specific areas of military interest including: (1) the visible range; (2) night vision ranges of 700 to 800 and 900 nm for 3rd generation imaging technology; and (3) the 1064 nm range for most smart bomb and missile laser guidance systems.

Principal Investigator:

Robert Chin
President
5122198588
rchin@genexpressinfo.com

Business Contact:

Rick Virgne
CFO
5124965110
rvirgne@genexpressinfo.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

GENEXPRESS INFORMATICS, INC.
13091 Ponds Springs Road Suite 150 Austin, TX 78729

EIN/Tax ID: 742959079
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No