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Development of a Portable Breath Analysis System Based on a Novel Electronic Nose Microsensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-05-C-0006
Agency Tracking Number: F045-017-0004
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-T017
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-10-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2005-07-13
Small Business Information
1109 Chesterfield Road
Huntsville, AL 35803
United States
DUNS: 124289294
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Alton Reich
 Project Manager / Partner
 (256) 694-5063
Business Contact
 Alton Reich
Title: Project Manager / Partner
Phone: (256) 694-5063
Research Institution
 Patrick L Wilkey
9700 S. Cass Avenue
Argonne, IL 60439
United States

 (630) 252-6258
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)

Significant recent research has shown that breath biomarkers are excellent indicators of oxidative stress caused by conditions ranging from radiation exposure to COPD. Current techniques for collection, concentration, and analysis of exhaled breath do not support real-time analysis, or require complex and bulky equipment. Streamline Automation, LLC will develop a portable Breath BioDetector in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory. The core technology is ANL's Electronic Nose Microsensor, a robust sensor, about the size of a postage stamp, that is capable of simultaneously detecting gases at low concentrations. The small size, and multi-gas capability of the sensor enables integration into a compact, light weight, portable system. Streamline Automation's system design and integration experience will be augmented with the clinical experience of Dr. Keary Cope, USDA, and Dr. Bruce Freeman, UAB. They will assist in developing the requirements for the prototype Breath BioDetector and the protocol for its use. During Phase 2, Dr. Freeman will test prototype units in conjunction with a 5-year NIH grant to study NO as a breath biomarker for COPD. This testing will provide valuable clinical experience that would not otherwise be possible during a Phase 2 project.

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