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Biosensor for Detection of Synthetic Cannabinoids

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-17-P-0041
Agency Tracking Number: A17A-014-0162
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A17A-T014
Solicitation Number: 2017.0
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-12-27
Small Business Information
4878 Ronson CT STE K
San Diego, CA 92111
United States
DUNS: 159070825
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Richard Baldwin
 Chief Scientist
 (858) 565-4227
Business Contact
 Steven Oldenburg
Phone: (858) 565-4227
Research Institution
 Drugs and Diagnostics for Tropical Diseases
 Marco Biomonte
4898 Ronson Court Suite C
San Diego, CA 92111
United States

 (858) 999-2360
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

Recreational drug use by military personnel can impact soldier preparedness and performance especially in difficult and demanding environments. One challenge for monitoring illicit drug use is that current tests rely on the identification of specific chemical structures. Small variants in the chemistry of a drug can evade detection. In this Phase I SBIR, we will develop a lateral flow test that utilizes cannabinoid receptors to detect any chemical substances that bind to the receptors. The assay will utilize novel plasmonic particles with ultrahigh optical density as the generator of the visible signal to increase both the sensitivity and the dynamic range of the test. It will not be necessary to know the chemical identity of the compound as the binding of the compound to the receptor will be evidence of the pharmacological behavior of the unknown sample.

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