Portable automation technology for rapid detection of foodborne pathogens

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2018-33610-28948
Agency Tracking Number: 2018-03210
Amount: $599,968.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.5
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-09-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-08-31
Small Business Information
820 HEINZ AVENUE, Berkeley, CA, 94710-2737
DUNS: 968226634
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Erik Jensen
 Director of R&D
 (925) 766-3997
 e.jensen@hjsciencetech.com
Business Contact
 Hong Jiao
Title: President
Phone: (408) 464-3873
Email: h.jiao@hjsciencetech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
According to a report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2011, approximately 48 million Americans get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die each year from food poisoning, also known as foodborne illness. Bacteria are the source of many food poisoning cases because they can multiply and spread in foods that are contaminated. Symptoms of food poisoning can vary and develop as quickly as thirty minutes to up to several days after eating the infected food. Rapid methods for detection of these foodborne pathogens are necessary to protect the public health and to ensure food safety. Current detection methods rely on having to take the samples to the laboratory for analysis, which is often a time consuming, costly and laborious process. More importantly, the lack of real-time data hampers proper and timely decision making. The proposed portable and automated instrument is capable of rapid detections of foodborne pathogens such as E. coli O157:H7 and salmonella with selectivity and sensitivity that can only be achieved today with laboratory-based manually performed procedures. As such, the proposed technology will help ensure a safe food supply by improving our ability to detect foodborne pathogens, and reduce the incidence of foodborne illnesses and death. To this end, the proposed research effort will satisfy one of the five primary USDA NIFA Societal Challenge Areas: Food Safety.

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