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Company Information:

Name: AST PRODUCTS, INC.
Address: AST PRODUCTS, INC.
9 LINNELL CIR
BILLERICA, MA 01821
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
URL: N/A
Phone: (978) 663-7652

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,251,801.00 20
SBIR Phase II $2,596,476.00 4

Award List:

SURFACE MODIFICATION OF ABSORBABLE SUTURE MATERIALS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
The basic function of a surgical suture is to maintain tissue approximation until the wound heals. ideally, upon healing, the suture should disappear, leaving no trace of its prior existence and thus minimizing undesirable foreign body reactions. recently, several synthetic absorbable polymeric… More

NOVEL BIOELECTRODE FOR NEUROSCIENCE APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $50,000.00

BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS SEPARATION BY CONDUCTIVE MEMBRANES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Ih-houng Loh
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Membrane technology for bioseparation has evolved rapidly over the last few years. the development of new polymeric materials and highly asymmetric membranes are two of the major reasons for this evolution. despite these advances, however, the use of membrane-based processes for bioseparations is… More

THIN PLASTIC FILMS WITH ELECTRICALLY CONTROLLABLE REFLECTIVITY/TRANSMISSIVITY TO VISUAL OR INFRARED

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Dr Ih-houng Loh
Award Amount: $50,000.00

COATING FOR IMPLANTABLE BIOSENSORS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Dr Ih-houng Loh , President
Award Amount: $50,000.00

NOVEL BIOELECTRODE FOR NEUROSCIENCE APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $499,994.00
Abstract:
A novel bioelectrode will be fabricated from conducting polymers. under proper conditions, this bioelectrode can beelectrochemically reduced with resulting incorporation of neurotransmitters, such as acetylcholine, -aminobutyrate, dopamine, or glutamate, into the polymer matrix of the bioelectrode.… More

COATING FOR IMPLANTABLE BIOSENSORS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Dr Ih-houng Loh , President
Award Amount: $250,000.00
Abstract:
Over the past fifteen years numerous implantable biosensors have been developed, but their commercial viability is limited mostly because of failure due to tissue or body fluid corrosion over extended periods. the challenge remains to develop a coating material which will adhere to the biosensor,… More

NOVEL CHROMATOGRAPHIC SUPPORTS: METHODS AND PROCESSES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Henry S. Kolesinski
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this proposal is to use plasma induced polymerization for the preparation of new high performance liquid chromatography (hplc) supports. we will polymerize monomers on silica surfaces to form thin, pin hole free chromatographic supports whose silanol sites are deactivatedby the… More

HIGH-RESOLUTION TOOLS FOR ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Donald A Chernoff
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
The purpose of this project is to improve the resolution of the atomic force microscope (afm). existing probes for afms are relatively blunt at the end (radius of curvature ca. 50 nm), limiting instrumental resolution and making image interpretation difficult when examining macromolecular structures… More

TOTALLY BIOABSORBABLE COMPOSITE BONE FIXATION DEVICE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Ih-houng Loh
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Bioabsorbable polymers have received considerable attention for making internal fracture fixation devices; however, their mechanical porperties, particularly modulus are not adequate for long bone fixation. in order to solve this problem and still preserve the benefits of biodegradability and… More

PLASMA ENHANCED PARYLENE COATINGS FOR IMPLANTED ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Ih-houng Loh
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Some of the most significant problems preventing the development of implantable neural prothese for the neurologically handicapped involve long-term insulation and protection of implanted devices. specifically, micromachined, thin-film recording and stimulating microelectrode probes and miniature… More

POLYETHYLENE OXIDE STAR MOLECULES AS THROMBORESISTANT SURFACES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Ih-houng Loh
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Blood in contact with an artificial surface can lead to short-term platelet deposition, activation and thrombosis, and to coagulation via activation of the intrinsic clotting systems. long-term effects may result in complement activation. this research centers on utilizing a new class of peop… More

ELECTRONICALLY-CONTROLLABLE FILTER BASED ON POLYMER DISPERSED LIQUID CRYSTAL MATERIALS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Ih-houng Loh
Award Amount: $50,000.00

ELECTRONICALLY-CONTROLLABLE FILTER BASED ON POLYMER DISPERSED LIQUID CRYSTAL MATERIALS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Ih-houng Loh
Award Amount: $246,482.00
Abstract:
Electro-optic materials consisting of random dispersion of nematic liquid-crystal microdroplets embedded in an isotropic transparent polymeric media (or polymer dispersed liquid crystals (pdlc)) were developed at advanced surface technology, inc. (ast) for use in optical and electro-optical devices.… More

Biodegradable Vascular Grafts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Ih-Houng Loh
Award Amount: $49,999.00
Abstract:
The use of biodegradable polymers for vascular reconstruction has two major advantages: the elimination of chronic foreign body reaction and the regeneration of arterial tissues including a nonthrombogenic pseudointima layer. However, it is well-known that the healing of human vascular tissues is… More

Novel Polymer-Coated ION-Exchange Chromatography Support

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Alan B. Fischer
Award Amount: $49,962.00
Abstract:
This project describes the use radio frequency (RF) plasma induced polymerization for the preparation of new ion exchange support media for High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) separation of biopolymers. Silica and alumina supports will be uniformly coated with thin layers of polymerizable… More

Surface Modification of Polymers for Artificial Corneas

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Ih-Houng Loh
Award Amount: $78,793.00
Abstract:
Opacification of the normally transparent cornea is among the leading causes of blindnessworldwide. Often vision can be restored by corneal transplantation but the procedure requires theavailability of a) suitable human corneal donor tissue; and b) a sophisticated eye banking system. It isfurther… More

Near IR Free Remotely Illuminated Backlighting for Night Vision Imaging Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ih-houng Loh
Award Amount: $74,823.00
Abstract:
We propose the development of a remotely powered back lighting for night vision imaging systems. The technology proposed also enables future incorporation of sequential RGB backlighting, that will improve AM-LCD performance by reducing the number of driving circuits by a factor of three, eliminate… More

Anti Bacterial Adherence to Ophthalmic Lenses

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $100,000.00

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Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Ih-Houng Loh, President
Award Amount: $65,000.00

Novel Antireflective Coating to Improve Microelectronic Processings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Mario Cazeca, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $1,600,000.00
Abstract:
One of the primary processes used for device patterning in the electronics industry is deep ultaviolet photolithography. However, the highly reflective substrates require reduction of this reflectivity to minimize standing waves and to maintain tightdimensional control. Most of te industry uses… More

Reducing Infection in Indwelling Medical Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Tungliang Lin
Award Amount: $115,294.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (Verbatim from the Applicant's Abstract): Urethral catheters are essential in the management of many diseases and conditions yet often result in catheter associated urinary tract infections. The use of sterile closed systems, advanced infection control… More

Protective coating for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Mario Cazeca, Manager, R & D
Award Amount: $68,673.00
Abstract:
"Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices, though built using semiconductor equipment, have a different set of failure mechanisms and reliability concerns than integrated circuits. One major concern is stiction, a term that describes the propensity oftwo silicon surfaces to stick to each other… More

Coating Reduces Encrustation on Urethral Stent

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Shihhorng S. Su
Award Amount: $99,257.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The long-term objective of the proposed research is to provide an effective surface coating to reduce encrustation on urinary devices. Encrustation is one of the major complications associated with them, with an overall incidence of 10-58%, but a higher (64%)… More