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Porous Membrane Electrode for Quantitative Detection of Toxins

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
12-2-116
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
8.1.6N
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Mercury Science Inc.
4802 Glendarion Drive Durham, NC 27713-8025
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Porous Membrane Electrode for Quantitative Detection of Toxins
Agency / Branch: DOC / NOAA
Contract: WC-133R-13-CN-0111
Award Amount: $400,000.00
 

Abstract:

In Phase I, a novel porous electrode was designed to demonstrate a rapid, simple assay for the detection of domoic acid in marine samples. During Phase II, methods to manufacture porous electrodes will be improved to enable high volume production of low-cost biosensors that can be connected to a potentiostat. These biosensors will be incorporated into a portable test kit for the quantitation of domoic acid. Based on performance evaluations, the assay protocol will be adjusted to provide the optimal response at appropriate detection levels. Reagent formulations will be optimized to increase signal, reduce background noise, improve reproducibility, and lengthen test kit shelf life. Following optimization, a complete prototype test kit will be assembled. Field trials using the prototype kit will be performed by potential users. Standard operating procedures for the manufacture and quality control of reagents will be established. The successful completion of Phase II will lead to the market launch of a commercially useful onsite domoic acid test kit in Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Thomas N. Stewart
President
(866) 861-5836
tom@mercuryscience.com

Business Contact:

Thomas Stewart
Small Business Information at Submission:

Mercury Science Inc.
4802 Glendarion Drive Durham, NC 27713-8025

EIN/Tax ID: 561927839
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No