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SBIR Phase I: Electronically Actuated Low Power Microfluidic Pump

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
84761
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0711986
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Illuminaria
2438 Slaterville Road Slaterville Springs, NY 14881-9402
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: SBIR Phase I: Electronically Actuated Low Power Microfluidic Pump
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0711986
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I research project will develop a low-cost, low-power, and disposable microfluidic Electrolytic Hydraulic Pumps (EHPs). Many emerging diagnostic and clinical applications, such as point-of-care Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) pathogen analysis and ambulatory drug infusion, require battery-powered fluid pumping systems that are lightweight, low power, and extremely accurate. Unfortunately, current syringe and roller pumps are too heavy and power-hungry for many portable applications. This research will develop matchbox-sized EHPs that can pump volumes ranging from 0.1 ml to 5 ml. In addition, a programmable control system that integrates an ultrasonic transit-time flow measurement system will be developed. This combination will produce a prototype that can deliver up to 5ml volumes at 3microL/minute with a 0.1microL/minute accuracy. This technology would also permit development of high-accuracy ""cigarette-pack""-sized wearable drug infusion systems. Emerging point-of-care systems analyze suspected pathogens via a PCR reaction carried out on a microfluidic chip. DNA purification and PCR reactions in the system require precise fluid delivery to ensure a reliable and repeatable pathogen analysis. The EHP Pumping system would permit design of disposable cartridges containing the pump, pre-measured reagents, and connectors. Another potential market for the proposed pumping technology would be for emerging ""animal-on-a-chip"" cell culturing systems and drug toxicology studies.

Principal Investigator:

Scott J. Stelick
MEng
6075923778
sstelick@illuminariallc.com

Business Contact:

Scott J. Stelick
MEng
6075923778
sstelick@illuminariallc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Illuminaria, LLC
117 Devlen Road Ste 1675 Groton, NY 13073

EIN/Tax ID: 200922874
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No