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An Integrated, Field Portable DNA Profiler for Forensics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: HDTRA1-10-P-0010
Agency Tracking Number: T092-003-0082
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DTRA092-003
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-02-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-09-15
Small Business Information
7610 Eastmark Drive
College Station, TX 77840
United States
DUNS: 184758308
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Season Wong
 Sr. Research Scientist
 (979) 693-0017
Business Contact
 G. Hitchens
Title: Vice President
Phone: (979) 693-0017
Research Institution

For various defense agencies, DNA profiling can reduce, eliminate and counter threats from unconventional warfare and WMDs. Rapid forensic DNA analysis on suspicious materials can provide crucial information on individuals involved in such activities, and this information can supply national defense personnel and warfighters with increased situational awareness. Currently in forensic DNA profiling, evidence is collected and sent to an independent laboratory to produce a DNA profile, requiring trained personnel and costing $400-$600 with a 2-4 week turnaround. As participants in unconventional warfare use increasingly sophisticated planning and coordination, there is a growing need to conduct DNA profiling in the field and exchange that information with DNA databases. Lynntech proposes to develop an automated, field deployable biometric analysis system that can perform all necessary steps for forensic DNA analysis – DNA extraction, amplification via PCR, separation and detection via STR analysis and comparison with established DNA databases. Results will be provided within one hour of sampling at less than $50 per test. In this Phase I research, Lynntech will demonstrate technology proof-of-concept for the three fundamental components of the system – sample preparation module, convective flow thermal cycler and polyacrylamide electrophoresis microdevice. A prototype of each component will be constructed and demonstrated.

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