Low-cost and Rapid DNA Sequence for Biometric Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$741,920.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N10PC20104
Award Id:
89660
Agency Tracking Number:
0911079
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
H-SB09.1-001
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
615 Davis Drive, Suite 800, PO Box 14025, Research Triangle Park, NC, 27709
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
140695474
Principal Investigator:
Michael Pollack
(919) 287-9010
mgp@liquid-logic.com
Business Contact:
Richard West
President
(919) 287-9010
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract

Advanced Liquid Logic proposes to develop a low-cost and rapid biometric system based on DNA. Using a miniaturized DNA sequencing format the device will enable DNA-based identification of individuals as well as determination of family relationships (kinship) between individuals. The system will be implemented using Advanced Liquid Logic`s proprietary Digital Microfluidics technology, which is based on the use of electrical fields to precisely and programmably manipulate liquid droplets within a selfcontained cartridge. Complex analytical procedures can be flexibly implemented as a sequence of computer-controlled droplet operations without the use of pumps or valves. Both the instrument and the disposable cartridge can be made extremely inexpensively to provide a low cost per test with minimal infrastructural investment.

In the Phase I project, Advanced Liquid Logic was tasked with developing detailed product requirements, evaluating the proposed technological approach and performing preliminary design and conception of the proposed product. Based on the Phase I studies, a Phase II project is proposed in which a working prototype will be delivered for evaluation by DHS. Following completion of the Phase II project a Phase III product development effort will be launched to deliver a commercial rapid DNA testing product that meets DHS's requirements.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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