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Robotic Force Health Protection from Chem-Bio Agents and IEDs

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Department of Defense
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2007 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Vecna Technologies Inc.
6404 Ivy Lane Suite 500 Greenbelt, MD 20770-1423
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Robotic Force Health Protection from Chem-Bio Agents and IEDs
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W81XWH-07-C-0016
Award Amount: $729,908.00


This SBIR proposal is to develop a hybrid Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and Surface Enhanced Raman (SERS) chembio detection system, for use in analyzing substances in the field. Detectable materials include chemical and biological weapons agents, demolition materials, water and food contaminants in troop supplies and for humanitarian analysis purposes, and for hazardous and toxic industrial materials (HAZMATs). We previously built a portable LIBS system in a Phase I grant effort. We now aim in Phase II to: i) Advance the prototype version of Phase I LIBS system, ii) Incorporate new Raman technology into the robot detection system, iii) Gather microbial spectra for the hybrid system, and iv) Develop a combined query and storage solution for the acquired data sets. The resulting ?oLIBSERS?? device would be portable, remotely operated, robot mounted, and capable of broad scale analysis of chemical, biological, and structural materials. The sampling time and prep would be negligible, and the results delivered instantaneously in a reported format from both technologies. Such a product has a market in military and civilian HAZMAT niches, for the rapid portable identification of pathogens, toxins, chemical agents, biological weapons, and toxic health threats.

Principal Investigator:

Christopher N. Larsen
Senior Scientist

Business Contact:

Michael Bearman
VP, General Counsel
Small Business Information at Submission:

5004 Lehigh Avenue College Park, MD 20740

EIN/Tax ID: 522152399
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No