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Cell Arrays Generated by a Novel Transfection Method

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R43CA101443-01
Agency Tracking Number: CA101443
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2003
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
VITRA BIOSCIENCE, INC. 2450 BAYSHORE PKY
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA 94043
United States
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 KIMBERLY BLAND
 (408) 543-1715
 KBLAND@VIRTUALARRAYS.COM
Business Contact
Phone: (650) 988-4602
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): To address the rising need for cell assays in drug discovery, we propose a method for the rapid and simple generation of cell arrays by incorporating a novel transfection method into our current cell array technology. Our technology platform uses encoded microcarriers to multiplex pre-established cell types for simultaneous interrogation in a single microtiter well. We propose to combine our platform with a method of "reverse transfection" in which cells become transfected with material pre-deposited on a substrate. Specifically, we propose to use the carriers to deliver transfection material to cells plated on top of them. This approach would enable drug discovery laboratories to perform cell assays in a multiplexed manner, thereby decreasing the time, labor and reagent use involved with these assays as well as increasing the quality of data obtained from them. In addition, using reverse transfection to generate cell arrays substantially decreases the tissue culture burden associated with traditional transfection by alleviating the need for separate transfections and stable cell lines. We have obtained preliminary data supporting the technical feasibility of reverse transfection using encoded carriers. In this proposal, we outline a strategy for optimizing this approach and testing its feasibility for use in multiplexed cell assays.

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