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Paper test cards for detection of illicit narcotic and cannabinioid drugs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-16-P-0029
Agency Tracking Number: A16A-008-0100
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A16A-T008
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-08-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-02-07
Small Business Information
100 Cummings Center
Beverly, MA 01915
United States
DUNS: 967586947
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Sandip Agarwal
 (781) 309-7448
Business Contact
 James Gallagher
Phone: (781) 309-7448
Research Institution
 Notre Dame
 Veronica Kozelichki
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
United States

 (574) 631-3571
 Nonprofit College or University

Vuronyx Technologies and Prof. Marya Lieberman at the University of Notre Dame will develop paper analytical devices (idPADs) to presumptively identify illicit drugs. All the reagents needed to perform twelve different chemical color tests are stored on the idPAD. The user rubs the powder to be tested across the PAD, then dips the PAD in water to activate the tests. Within five minutes, a color bar code is generated by the reactions of the chemical tests and substances in the sample. The color bar code can identify a wide range of functional groups and materials that may be present in an illicit substance. No handling of chemicals is necessary. The operator can read the test results by eye, or take a photograph with a cell phone for analysis by a neural network. In Phase 1, we will deliver a demo system (PADs + phone app) that will identify opioids, cannabinoids, and common cutting agents, and distinguish illicit drugs from many legitimate pharmaceuticals and common household or industrial substances.

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