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In-Situ Monitoring of Immune Function

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
105660
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
A1.05
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
RST Bioscience
1685 South Colorado Boulevard Denver, CO 80222-4000
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: In-Situ Monitoring of Immune Function
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CG10P
Award Amount: $99,628.00
 

Abstract:

Monitoring the health and wellness of mission pilots is a critically important function. Space flight has an adverse effect on the human immune response. During space flight the immune system weakens and some herpes viruses that are typically latent begin to appear in the saliva. Currently, saliva samples are taken in space and preserved for post flight assay. The presence of reactivated herpes virus in saliva samples is an indication of a weakening immune defense. RST Bioscience LLC proposes an innovative in flight assay to monitor the efficacy of the immune system in-situ.RST Bioscience has designed a test that is perfectly suited for space flight. The test will be small, light weight and easy to use. The sample used in this test will be saliva, which can be easily collected through non-invasive means. Results are delivered in minutes to hours. The test is sterile and disposable, used sample is contained and disposed of along with the disposable kit. There is no heavy equipment needed to process samples or read results. The kit is self-contained. Phase 1 will focus on assay development. In phase 2 we will build and test a prototype of the disposable delivery device.

Principal Investigator:

Robert Harding
Principal Investigator
8328920702
roberteharding@hotmail.com

Business Contact:

Robert E. Harding
Business Official
8328920702
roberteharding@hotmail.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

RST Bioscience
1685 South Colorado Boulevard Denver, CO 80222-4000

EIN/Tax ID: 272401803
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No