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Hybrid Nano-Bio-Electronic Odor Detector

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-19-P-0014
Agency Tracking Number: A18B-012-0128
Amount: $149,999.53
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A18B-T012
Solicitation Number: 18.B
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-12-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-06-12
Small Business Information
95 Brown Rd, MS 1010
Ithaca, NY 14850
United States
DUNS: 079268937
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Janet L Huie
 Chief Scientific Officer
 (607) 379-1972
Business Contact
 Janet Huie
Phone: (607) 379-1972
Research Institution
 SUNY Cortland
 Jennifer A. Nichols Jennifer A. Nichols
PO Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045
United States

 (607) 342-5332
 Nonprofit College or University

The goal is to develop a volatile odor detector using mammalian olfactory receptors (ORs) integrated with metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) nanoelectronic circuits. The Army has urgent need for cost-effective odor sensing for novel biological materials integrated with inorganic devices to sense chemical and biological agents. However, e-noses still do not possess the dynamic range and selectivity of the mammalian nose, nor show sufficient sensor stability for evaluating sample gases containing complex mixtures of molecules in very low concentrations. Novel olfactory biosensing approaches may overcome these challenges by integrating the specificity and sensitivity of biological OR-ligand interactions with engineered sensor platforms. Jan Biotech, Inc., in STTR development with Professor Theresa Curtis of SUNY-Cortland, proposes a novel CMOS-based e-nose integrated with the established and highly successful electrical cell-substrate impedance sensing (ECIS) technology developed for the Army for highly sensitive and specific toxin detection (Curtis et al., 2009, 2013; Brennan et al., 2016). This technology has the exciting potential for CMOS e-noses with great longevity (greater than 9 months in cold storage) and mammalian OR specificity when paired with cold-tolerant fish cells and effectively bypasses limitations of mammalian and olfactory cilia maintenance and culture needs of existing e-noses.

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