BIOSENSOR FOR THE DETECTION OF CONTAMINANTS IN FOOD
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.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Principal Investigator:Harry L. Loats
LOATS ASSOCIATES, INC.
201 E MAIN ST WESTMINSTER, MD 21157
Number of Employees: