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Enzymatic Wool Shrink-Treatment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-10-C-0066
Agency Tracking Number: A093-165-0447
Amount: $69,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-165
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-01-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-07-21
Small Business Information
303 Bear Hill Road
Waltham, MA 02451
United States
DUNS: 004627316
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Vladimir Gilman
 Principal Scientist
 (781) 890-1338
Business Contact
 Stephen Mattox
Title: Director of Finance
Phone: (781) 890-1338
Research Institution

Individual protection is a high priority mission for the United States Army. Flame and heat resistant protective clothing systems are required to ensure the safety of military personnel in deployed and other hazardous environments. Its low flammability, self-extinguishing nature, and tendency not to melt make wool an excellent candidate for use in protective clothing systems. Unfortunately wool’s natural structure makes it highly susceptible to shrinkage unless treated. While methods for rendering wool machine washable and dryable exist on a commercial scale overseas, the lack of domestic infrastructure and restrictions imposed by the Berry Amendment stand as a major obstacle between the US Army and continued provision of high performance protective garments. In this Phase I SBIR proposal, the Infoscitex team proposes the development of an enzymatic treatment process capable of rendering wool washable in a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly fashion. This process will enable establishment of a commercial supply of washable wool produced in the United States.

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