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Real-time Multiplex Stress Biosensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-20-C-0014
Agency Tracking Number: F18C-001-0008
Amount: $92,929.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF18C-T001
Solicitation Number: 18.C
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-01-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-01-17
Small Business Information
510 Earl Boulevard
Miamisburg, OH 45342
United States
DUNS: 130020209
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Brian Henslee
 Sector Director
 (937) 320-1877
Business Contact
 Christopher Hemmelgarn
Phone: (937) 320-1877
Research Institution
 Stephanie May Stephanie May
Office of Sponsored Research 485 Broadway, Third Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063
United States

 (650) 736-9103
 Nonprofit College or University

Overwhelming stress significantly impairs human performance and cognitive. For Airmen in the Battlefield Airmen training pipeline, this stress-induced mental degradation is a contributing factor in the large attrition rates due to unconscious self-initiated elimination (SIE). This SIE costs the Department of Defense (DoD) millions of dollars training soldiers who never complete the training. Beyond the training costs, overwhelming stress can impair soldier’s mental and physical faculties and can lead to serious injury or death due to impaired cognition and decision making in the field. This surge in stress cannot be measured via traditional means and is especially difficult to anticipate if it is an unconscious decision. Cornerstone Research Group (CRG) intends to build upon the extensive Phase I research into the biochemical processes involved in human threat response and develop, demonstrate, and validate a prototype biosensor system that can rapidly detect multiple stress biomarkers in high stress environments. By synergistically coupling stress biomarkers with rapid response detectors and non-invasive sampling, this platform technology will provide the Air Force, and broader DoD, with new insights into the stress state of individuals and the ability to correlate the impact of that condition with external conditions and to cognitive performance.

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