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Branched DNA Diagnostic for Malaria Parasites

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
87270
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A082-118-2113
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Agave BioSystems, Inc.
P.O. Box 100 Ithaca, NY -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Branched DNA Diagnostic for Malaria Parasites
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W81XWH-09-C-0018
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

The key to effective management of malaria is accurate diagnosis that is also rapid. The "gold standard" microscopy is time-consuming and labor-intensive and suffers from retirement of microscopic diagnostic experts and inaccurate slide reading. A field-deployable diagnostic method that is specific for the different malaria parasites and is capable of quickly processing potential patients would be highly valuable for the treatment process. The identification of parasite specific RNAs has great potential as a biomarker for diagnosis of malaria. A parasite-specific and highly sensitive diagnostic method that is rapid will allow for the accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment regime for malaria. In this Phase I, Agave BioSystems proposes to develop a fast, fluorescent RNA diagnostic assay utilizing branched DNA signal amplification for rapid detection and analysis of malaria parasites P. falciparum and P. vivax.

Principal Investigator:

Kathie Berghorn
Staff Scientist
6072720002
kberghorn@agavebio.com

Business Contact:

Noe Salazar
President
5126566200
nsalazar@agavebio.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

AGAVE BIOSYSTEMS, INC.
P.O. Box 80010 Austin, TX 78708

EIN/Tax ID: 161551819
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No