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The Nanopore-based Ion Selective Electrode Vial

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R41GM144015-01
Agency Tracking Number: R41GM144015
Amount: $350,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 400
Solicitation Number: PA20-265
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-09-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-09-19
Small Business Information
5754 PACIFIC CTR BLVD STE 204
San Diego, CA 92121-4206
United States
DUNS: 129852864
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 SEAN GERMAN
 (801) 582-0492
 sgerman@electronicbio.com
Business Contact
 TRACEY WRIGHTSON
Phone: (858) 412-1800
Email: twrightson@electronicbio.com
Research Institution
 UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
 
75 SOUTH 2000 EAST
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84112-8930
United States

 Nonprofit College or University
Abstract

Project Summary
An electrolyte panel is a blood test that measures the levels of electrolytes and carbon dioxide in your blood.
Electrolytes are chemicals found naturally in the body, such as potassium, calcium, sodium, and are needed to
keep the bodyandapos;s balance of fluids at the proper level and to maintain normal functions, such as heart rhythm,
muscle contraction, and brain function. CO2 is a waste product made when the body breaks down food for
energy, CO2 helps your blood stay at the right pH. Physicians may order an electrolyte panel as part of a regular
health examination, to check on or diagnose a medical condition, and/or assess whether medications are
negatively affecting one electrolyte levels. Electrolyte panels are currently typically carried out as laboratory test,
where a blood sample is sent out to be characterized via manual ion selective electrodes (ISEs). This process
takes a significant amount of time, is cost inefficient, and has issues associated with the fragility and maintenance
of manual ISEs. And, while there has been the development of point-of-care or handheld electrolyte panel
systems, these current systems have failed to gain widespread use or traction, due to issues with stability,
storability, accuracy, and inability to be combined with other assays for comprehensive blood work analyses, i.e.
complete blood count (CBC), chemistry (basic metabolic) panel, thyroid panel, nutrient tests for levels of vital
nutrients, such as iron or B vitamins, enzyme markers, and STDs. Recently however, Professor Henry S. White
at the University of Utah has developed a new nanopore-based ISE technology that solves the predominant
issues of conventional ISEs, can be multiplexed to a high degree, can be mass fabricated and can be easily
combined with other nanopore-based characterization techniques for complete blood work analyses on a single
device. During this Phase 1 STTR program, Electronic BioSciences will develop and expand upon Professor
White’s nanopore-based ISE technology, developing a storable, highly stable, rapid, and accurate electrolyte
panel POC testing vial. The utility of this device will be demonstrated characterizing electrolyte abnormalities in
blood samples from chronic kidney disease patients.Project Narrative
The development of the of our proposed nanotechnology-enabling concept for electrolyte panel monitoring has
the potential to make a significant positive impact emergency medicine and chronic kidney disease patient
electrolyte monitoring by greatly improving testing accessibility, turnaround times, cost, and ease-of-use over
presently available technology. Ultimately, such a technology will enable rapid point-of-care (POC), and at home
testing. Furthermore, once realized, the proposed concept will greatly enhance medical response efficiency,
patient care, and patient outcomes.

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