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Advanced Materials and Methods for Biospecimen Collection for Infectious Disease

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: D13PC00036
Agency Tracking Number: D12B-001-0029
Amount: $99,787.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: ST12B-001
Solicitation Number: 2012.B
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-01-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2013-07-27
Small Business Information
10900 University Blvd.
Manassas, VA -
United States
DUNS: 011762701
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Amos Freedy
 (800) 615-0418
Business Contact
 Ross Dunlap
Title: CEO
Phone: (800) 615-0418
Research Institution
 George Mason University
 Michael Lafkoski
4400 University Drive MSN 4C6
Fairfax, VA 22030-
United States

 (703) 993-2988
 Nonprofit College or University

There is an urgent need for simple, reliable and effective tools for improved biospecimen collection, preservation and extraction of low-abundance analytes for improved detection and diagnostic assays. To address the DoD's need for clinical and field deployable biospecimen collection materials for infectious diseases, Ceres Nanosciences (Ceres) in collaboration with GMU's National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases propose to develop rapid Nanotrap extraction methods and ambient temperature storage solutions for improved collection and recovery of respiratory viruses. In Phase I, Ceres will build upon successful preliminary results, which demonstrate Nanotrap-enabled sequestration, concentration and nearly complete yield of fully infectious respiratory viruses, by optimizing key Nanotrap architecture parameters, extraction methods and collection protocols. A prototype field kit for live virus capture will be produced and performance data will be collected for at least four common respiratory infections.

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