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Destruction of Chemical/Biological Warfare Agents using a Portable Microwave Emitter

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-C-6466
Agency Tracking Number: F031-2179
Amount: $749,411.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF03-065
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Solicitation Year: 2003
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-06-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-06-14
Small Business Information
5301 Central Ave., NE, Suite 900
Albuquerque, NM 87108
United States
DUNS: 613718980
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Motes
 (505) 255-9797
Business Contact
 Bill Miera
Phone: (505) 255-9797
Research Institution

Fiore Industries has concluded Phase I tests of a biological decontamination process to counter chemical/biological weapon terrorist attacks. The process combines the use of a diazoluminomelanin (DALM) solution with high power microwave exposure (called the mDALM process). The process has been validated by Fiore scientists working in conjunction with the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute against an Anthrax surrogate, Bacillus Thuringiensis var. Kurstaki (BT), using an existing Fiore pulse power source, the Mobile Compact Magnetron Modulator (MCMM). In Phase II, Fiore proposes to design, fabricate and conduct developmental testing of a higher-power microwave source configured as the major component of a prototype of a compact, fieldable mDALM system that could be commercialized and brought to the marketplace. Fiore proposes to validate the operation of the system using contaminated samples of materials found in a typical office, and confirm the efficacy of the process by conducting limited tests against Anthrax spores in a BioLevel 3 facility.

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