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Hand-Held MENTOR for Biological Threat Material Detection and Identification

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: NBCHC060017
Agency Tracking Number: 0521013
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB05.2-001
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2005-12-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-06-30
Small Business Information
12282 Libelle Ct.
San Diego, CA 92131-3845
United States
DUNS: 011627150
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Suresh Menon
 (858) 549-8886
Business Contact
 Suresh Menon
Title: President
Phone: (858) 549-8886
Research Institution

Emergency responders require a hand-held instrument in the field for screening specific sites for biological threat materials. In Phase I we will complete a design for an instrument, called MENTOR, which meets the needs and specifications of the emergency response teams. Innovative methods will be used to test electronic and software modules to transition the MENTOR system from a desktop to hand-held system. In Phase II we plan to complete the design and build the final fieldable prototype system. This system will then be tested in collaboration with the emergency response teams, including BioWatch program, in the field. Initial tests using the MENTOR proved that it detects and identifies toxins, bacteria and virus instantaneously. It uses parts that can be made rugged, with miniature modules that can be easily maintained and replaced. Connectivity to the internet allows data downloads and alerts. User friendly software and display enable operating the system in hazardous conditions. MENTOR can be used to monitor areas such as airports, shopping malls, mail, cargo, border and customs.

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