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BIOSENSOR FOR THE DETECTION OF CONTAMINANTS IN FOOD

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
53815
Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
1R43CA089879-01
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Loats Associates, Inc.
201 East Main St. Westminster, MD 21157 0520
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: BIOSENSOR FOR THE DETECTION OF CONTAMINANTS IN FOOD
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $121,947.00
 

Abstract:

In this project we will provide proof-of-principle validation of a handheld, fieldable biosensor specifically for the detection and screening of contaminants in foodstuffs at the various stages of food treatment, preparation and processing. The multi-analyte, multi-application LAI Biosensor has the capability for both qualitative and quantitative measurement, detection and screening of foodborne pathogens and toxins in food. The biosensor operates by sensing direct binding without the requirement for secondary fluorescent reporter molecules, or other intermediate chemical reactions. The results of analytical and simulation analysis of the performance of the biosensor has shown its potential for real-time detection and screening with significantly improved detection sensitivity. The biosensor can be configured as a portable "calculator-sized" unit with simple operating characteristics. Because of its potential portability, without reliance on supplies the fieldable units would be used in state and local water quality contaminant detection for both testing, process control and event detection. These uses provide a significant market. PROPOSED COMMERCIAL APPLICATION: We expect that a "real-time" portable multi-pathogen detection system for direct use in large scale food processing will provide the mechanisms required by the industry to maintain high efficiency at reduced manpower and supply costs. At the same time the turn around time will significantly reduce potential liability attached to contamination events. Other commercial applications include water quality, pathogen contamination detection for mandated municipal and state water quality programs.

Principal Investigator:

Harry L. Loats

Business Contact:


4108768055
HLOATS@LOATS.COM
Small Business Information at Submission:

LOATS ASSOCIATES, INC.
201 E MAIN ST WESTMINSTER, MD 21157

EIN/Tax ID: 521241956
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No