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A Next Generation, High-Precision, Field Drug Detection System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Contract: W911-NF-19-C-0067
Agency Tracking Number: C2-0541
Amount: $316,917.74
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A16A-T008
Solicitation Number: 16.A
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-07-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-05-31
Small Business Information
600 Fishers Station Drive
Victor, NY 14564
United States
DUNS: 079474309
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Unavailable
Principal Investigator
 Robert Mehalso
 (585) 370-8368
Business Contact
 Robert Mehalso
Phone: (585) 370-8368
Research Institution

The synthetic opioids fentanyl and carfentanil pose an imminent national security threat, given the ease with which they can be obtained, their low lethal doses, and their potential for weaponized use. The purpose of this agreement is to adapt SensoDx’s high-performance miniaturized diagnostics platform based on a programmable bio-nano-chip, with embedded artificial intelligence, to enable U.S. Armed Forces to identify and quantify fentanyl and carfentanil in the field using a simple and rapid test. This capability will support Armed Forces’ ability to meet critical situations involving these drugs with appropriate countermeasures. Current portable drug detection devices have shortcomings, such as being too expensive, bulky and heavy, being non-ruggedized, requiring a high level of training, only detecting a single drug and being prone to false-positives. In this Sequential Phase II proposal, SensoDx plans to: 1) develop a high precision low cost miniaturized optics module to drive down both size and cost of instrumentation, 2) complete carfentanil and fentanyl assay development and validation, and 3) demonstrate assay performance on an updated instrument. The proposed technology meets desired features in that the platform is easy-to-use, portable, lightweight and rugged, while providing rapid (5 minutes or less) and highly accurate quantitative data.

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