Low-cost and Rapid DNA Sequence for Biometric Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: N10PC20104
Agency Tracking Number: 0911079
Amount: $741,920.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
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
DUNS: 140695474
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Pollack
 (919) 287-9010
Business Contact
 Richard West
Title: President
Phone: (919) 287-9010
Research Institution

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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