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A PROBE-CLIP DEVICE FOR IN SITU ASSAY OF BIOLOGICAL MOLECULES

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
13886
Program Year/Program:
1992 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
13886
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Grace Bio-oncology Laboratoryo
900 Auburn Road, Suite 105 Pontiac, MI 48342
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1992
Title: A PROBE-CLIP DEVICE FOR IN SITU ASSAY OF BIOLOGICAL MOLECULES
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $479,611.00
 

Abstract:

THE OBJECTIVE IS TO DEVELOP NEW IN SITU (HYBRIDIZATION AND IMMUNOCYTOCHEMISTRY) ASSAY TECHNOLOGY TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGEOF THE NEW GENERATION OF REAGENTS FOR DETECTING LOW-ABUNDANCE REGULATORY MACROMOLECULES IN CELLS. IN SITU ASSAYS OFTEN DEFER TO BIOCHEMICAL ASSAYS EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE BETTER SUITED, BECAUSE THEY ARE LESS CONVENIENT AND RELIABLE. STANDARD IN SITU METHODS ARE CAPILLARITY-BASED, OPEN-CHAMBERMETHODS CHARACTERIZED BY HANDLING AND DEHYDRATION ARTIFACTS,POOR TEMPERATURE CONTROL, AND MANY MANUAL STEPS. AUTOMATED UNITS THAT ARE NOW AVAILABLE WORK ON THE SAME PRINCIPLE AND,CONSEQUENTLY, DO LITTLE MORE THAN COMPOUND THE PROBLEMS INTRINSIC TO THE CAPILLARITY DESIGN. THE PROBE-CLIP REACTION UNIT DEVIATES FROM EXISTING MODELS IN SIX KEY ASPECTS: (1) THE REACTION CHAMBER IS CLOSED RATHER THAN OPEN, (2) THERE ARE TWO CHAMBERS RATHER THAN ONE, (3) IN-CHAMBER REACTANT MIXING IS BY GRAVITY RATHER THAN CAPILLARITY, (4) REACTANTS ARE CONVEYED TO THE CHAMBER IN SOLID RATHER THAN LIQUID STATE, (5) WASHING IS IN A HIGH-AMBIENT-VOLUME CLOSED CHAMBER RATHER THAN A FAST-FLOWING OPEN STREAM, AND (6) TEMPERATURE CONTROL IS BY CONDUCTION RATHER THAN BY CONVECTION. THESE CHANGES GIVE NUMEROUS ADVANTAGES RELATED TO SPEED, SAFETY, VERSATILITY, AND SENSITIVITY. IN PHASE I, A SIX-PLACE MANUALLY OPERATED PROTOTYPE WILL BE BUILT FOR THE RESEARCH LABORATORY TO VALIDATE THE DESIGN CONCEPT FOR AN AUTOMATED MODEL TO BE DEVELOPED IN PHASE II.

Principal Investigator:

Charles M Mcgrath
3133327100

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Grace Bio-oncology Laboratory
900 Auburn Rd #105 Pontiac, MI 48057

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