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A Highly Selective, Low Power, Wireless, Immunoassay Based Optical Sensor for…

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Department of Defense
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2004 / SBIR
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Sporian Microsystems, Inc.
515 Courtney Way Suite B Lafayette, CO 80026-8821
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: A Highly Selective, Low Power, Wireless, Immunoassay Based Optical Sensor for Detection of Water-born Pathogens.
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W9132V-04-C-0014
Award Amount: $119,862.00


There exists a need for near-real time detection and location of small quantities of waterborne biological agents by the warfighter. Since surface water is the primary water source for field soldiers, there is a critical need to determine the extent of potability. The objective of the proposed work is to design and build a small, low cost, highly selective, immunoassay based optical sensor/communication module that can be taken into the field by soldiers to wirelessly monitor streams and effluents for the detection of biological agents. This (Module) will include signal-conditioning circuitry and a radio frequency (RF) transmitter subsection. The signal conditioning subsection will process the raw signals from the sensor subsection and the RF section will transmit a device ID number together with an alarm indication. A soldier, using a handheld reader developed for the purpose, will be able to determine if modules are within communication range and whether any indicate an alarm condition. Work will concentrate on defining: application requirements, optimum target proteins, antibodies, and probes, the support/antibody preparation (membrane) techniques, the optimum packaging/integration strategy, and the means of signal dispersal, communication, and recognition. The work will be performed through a partnership between Sporian Microsystems and Phase IV Engineering.

Principal Investigator:

Kevin Harsh
Senior Scientist

Business Contact:

Bill Garrett
VP of Operations.
Small Business Information at Submission:

4699 Nautilus Court, Suite 201 Boulder, CO 80301

EIN/Tax ID: 841531263
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No