Tool for Pharmacovigilance: for Infectious Disease, Combat Casuality Care and Biological Warfare and Chemical Defense Medications and Vaccines

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-06-C-0070
Agency Tracking Number: O052-H08-3151
Amount: $99,983.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solitcitation Year: 2005
Solitcitation Topic Code: OSD05-H08
Solitcitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
1200 G Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC, 20005
Duns: 612037507
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kenneth Fried
 (703) 277-7707
Business Contact
 Kenneth Fried
Title: President
Phone: (703) 277-7707
Research Institution
Brief Description of Problem: Pharmacovigilance is a key area required for effective Force Health Protection. While good efforts have been made to address this problem, the traditional systems approaches used do not address underlying challenges such as data quality, unavailability and non-integration, and the expensive person-driven approaches to data mapping and integration inherent in traditional systems integration solutions. Innovations: FTI has successfully demonstrated that grid computing systems can be developed rapidly and fairly inexpensively, given the right toolset, experience, and "best practices". FTI's approach is innovative in that it: applies grid computing to the new application area of pharmacovigilance; employs an innovative open source software business model; and builds upon FTI's standards-based software development "best practices." Project Objectives: FTI's objective is to build a proof-of-concept prototype Advanced Pharmacovigilance Tool (APT) to address DoD's need for a "better, faster, cheaper" pharmacovigilance tool that is more robust, scalable, easier-to-use, more cost-effective, and contains data federation, warehouse, analysis and visualization capabilities. FTI will then refine this product for targeted marketing to government and commercial sectors. Technical Approach: FTI's working prototype will consist of the following components, built on open source/open architecture software: the Data Federation Module, the Data Warehouse Module, and the Data Analysis and Visualization Module. This product will be built on the foundation of the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Bioinformatics Grid (CaBIG) software product, designed to integrate data from multiple clinical trials, augmented by FTI's own grid computing software. FTI will validate prototype performance in a "real world" DoD clinical trials environment.

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