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Real Time Inline Bacteria Detection for Military Mobile Water Treatment System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-17-C-0182
Agency Tracking Number: A17A-023-0029
Amount: $149,956.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A17A-T023
Solicitation Number: 2017.0
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-01-28
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jennifer England
 Principal Scientist
 (978) 689-0003
Business Contact
 B. David Green
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution
 Boston University
 Maria Harlow (617)
One Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215
United States

 (617) 353-4365
 Nonprofit College or University

Physical Sciences Inc., in cooperation with Boston University, proposes to develop an Interferometric Reflectance Imaging Sensor (IRIS) to detect waterborne pathogens including E. coli for use with military mobile water treatment systems. The imaging platform will employ an algorithm to discriminate E. coli based on size/shape analysis concurrent with capture probes with application to multiplexed detection of additional pathogens. The sensor offers a combination of high sensitivity (1 CFU/mL) and short testing time (<1 hour) in a low-cost, compact form factor employing commercial off the shelf components with minimal reagents and requiring no labeling. The Phase I effort will develop a breadboard IRIS water pathogen detector and prototype algorithm specifically tailored to the Armys application. The breadboard will be used to validate a system model and, in concert with the prototype algorithm, will be used to perform a system validation. Requirements, concept of operation, and a conceptual design for a Phase II prototype IRIS imaging sensor will also be generated.

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