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Cell Regulation with Polyvalent Nanoparticles

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Department of Defense
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2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
AuraSense, LLC
8045 Lamon Avenue Suite 410 Skokie, IL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Cell Regulation with Polyvalent Nanoparticles
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA8650-12-C-6308
Award Amount: $728,581.00


ABSTRACT: AuraSense is developing and commercializing NanoFlare technology as an enabling tool for detecting RNA levels in cells. Current methods for sensing of viral exposure require great amounts of virus particles to be present in blood, or extensive processing of blood to isolate virus-specific genomic markers. We will develop NanoFlare sensors that can penetrate through skin, enter the bloodstream and detect viral targets. Once inside blood cells, the sensors will signal the presence of virus-specific genomic markers. This signal can be detected by fluorescence spectroscopy. The flexibility of the NanoFlare platform will facilitate the tailoring of the NanoFlare to meet current and emerging threats. BENEFIT: AuraSense will demonstrate an approach for detection of viral RNA in living cells. This will be accomplished using non-invasive systemic delivery through the skin. NanoFlare technology could thus be adapted for field deployment, for example by creating a patch to systemically deliver NanoFlares. We envision that a NanoFlare patch could be used by the warfighter to determine viral infection by taking a finger prick blood sample, with a rapid readout using a simple fluorescence detector such as a UV light source. In the commercial space, such a point-of-care fluorescence detection can be used by doctors in the clinic for rapid PCR-free diagnostic assays.

Principal Investigator:

David Giljohann
Chief Scientific Officer
(847) 467-2887

Business Contact:

Percy V. Crocker
VP of Commercial Developm
(847) 467-2885
Small Business Information at Submission:

AuraSense, LLC
1801 Maple Avenue, Suite 4301 Evanston, IL -

EIN/Tax ID: 264171829
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No