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Vertebrate Cell Preservation Technique

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
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Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-1510
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Vertebrate Cell Preservation Technique
Agency: DOD
Contract: W9132T-13-C-0002
Award Amount: $99,926.00


To address the U.S. Army need for new methods and/or materials to allow long-term storage of vertebrate cells under ambient conditions for use in portable cell-based toxicity sensors, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a Vertebrate Cell Storage (VerCeS) technology based on a novel formulation for vertebrate cell lyophilization. The key component of the VerCeS modality is a novel formulation and freeze-drying process to preserve the structure and functionality of the lyophilized cells. The innovations in the VerCeS method will sustain cells for a minimum of 3 months under ambient conditions with storage temperatures up to 40 deg C. Also, VerCeS will provide a high level of readiness, which will be achieved by rapid rehydration/reconstitution of the freeze-dried cells. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of the VerCeS concept by developing a prototype that will meet the Army"s performance metrics. In Phase II, POC plans to expand on the Phase I proof of concept work to demonstrate extended cell viability and functioning for six months with greater than 90% viability and cells ready to use in 60 min or less with minimal operational steps under the performance parameters described in Phase I.

Principal Investigator:

Gregory Zeltser
Principal Scientist
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Optics Corporation
Photonic Systems Division 1845 W. 205th Street Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330118051
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No