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Biologically-Derived Targeted Antifungals for Textile Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-18-C-0073
Agency Tracking Number: A2-7377
Amount: $466,631.09
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A17-018
Solicitation Number: 2017.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-11-24
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-11-23
Small Business Information
5201 S Sweetbriar Ct, Sioux Falls, SD, 57108
DUNS: 079133100
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Greg Bertsch
 (605) 366-4749
Business Contact
 Greg Bertsch
Phone: (605) 366-4749
Research Institution
Fungal skin infections plague active duty servicemembers at elevated rates due to exposure to warm, humid climates, poor skin hygiene, and close-quarters living arrangements. We have developed a novel solution that incorporates an endophytic fungal extract with selective activity against Trichophyton species of pathogens. In addition, the selected compound has negligible impact on the organisms that natural inhabit skin. This approach offers the potential for effective control of fungal skin pathogens while preserving benefits of a healthy skin microbiome, and limiting the development of resistant organisms.Our phase I effort successfully demonstrated proof of concept for incorporation of the compound onto fabrics.In phase II, we will refine the design and complete testing of antifungal fabric performance, durability, and safety.In addition, we will optimize the manufacturing process for large-scale production.

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