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Fully Integrated System for Pathogen Concentration and Detection in Water Supplies

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911SR-10-C-0065
Agency Tracking Number: A10A-016-0217
Amount: $99,937.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A10A-T016
Solicitation Number: 2010.A
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-09-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-03-15
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Costolo
 Principal Scientist
 (978) 689-0003
Business Contact
 B. David Green
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution
 Western New England College
 Jerry A Hirsch, Ph.D.
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfied, MA 1119
United States

 (413) 782-1223
 Nonprofit College or University

Physical Sciences Inc. proposes an innovative, filter free approach to rapidly concentrate and detect bacterial spores from large volumes of flowing water for the purpose of early warning detection of contaminated potable water supplies against low concentration biological pathogens. Our approach builds on previous concentration work to study the feasibility of optimizing this approach and lays the foundation to build a fully integrated detection system in Phase II. We anticipate the following performance levels for the system: Single pass capture efficiencies of 50% or greater, concentration increase of >2000x, detection sensitivity to 1500 spores in water, total power consumption of <50W, no pressure drop across the filtration stage, no consumables or reagent costs, real-time notification, and an easily integrateable, flange-based housing design.

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