THE TECHNICAL OBJECTIVE OF THE PROPOSED EFFORT IS TO DEVELOP AND DEMONSTRATE AN IMPROVED LABORATORY MOUSE FEEDER WHICH PERMITS RAPID DETERMINATION OF FEED CONSUMPTION WITH HIGH ACCURACY.

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$49,784.00
Award Year:
1985
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
3152
Agency Tracking Number:
3152
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
350 Second Avenue, Waltham, MA, 02254
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
HANS A. HUG
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
(617) 890-3200
Business Contact:
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
THE TECHNICAL OBJECTIVE OF THE PROPOSED EFFORT IS TO DEVELOP AND DEMONSTRATE AN IMPROVED LABORATORY MOUSE FEEDER WHICH PERMITS RAPID DETERMINATION OF FEED CONSUMPTION WITH HIGH ACCURACY. SUCH FEEDERS WILL REDUCE THE COST AND IMPROVE THE RESULTS OF LONG-TERM FEEDING STUDIES USING LABORATORY ANIMALS. A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL EXISTING FEEDER DESIGN WILL BE MODIFIED TO FACILITATE THE ADDITION OF FEED AND AN AUTOMATED WEIGHING AND RECORDING PROCESS USING PRECODED FEEDERS AND AN OPTICAL READER. ANY PROBLEMS IDENTIFIED BY NIEHS PERSONNEL WITH EXISTING FEEDERS WILL ALSO BE ADDRESSED AS PART OF THE FEEDER REDESIGN EFFORT. PHASE I EFFORT WILL INCLUDE: IDENTIFICATION OF SPECIFIC PROBLEMS WITH EXISTING FEEDERS THROUGH DISCUSSION WITH USERS AT NIEHS; GENERATION AND EVALUATION OF CONCEPTS TO ADDRESS THESE PROBLEMS AND FACILITATE AUTOMATION OF FEED CONSUMPTION DETERMINATION;DESIGN AND FABRICATION OF ALTERNATE FEEDER CONCEPTS INCORPORATING THE ABOVE IMPROVEMENTS;EVALUATION OF THE IMPROVED FEEDERS IN THE LABORATORY;SPECIFICATION OF AN ENTIRE SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATION OF FEED DURING PHASE II THE IMPROVED FEEDERS WILL BE PRODUCTION ENGINEERED TO REDUCE INITIAL COST AND THEN INTEGRATED INTO AN AUTOMATED SYSTEM. COMMERCIAL APPLICATION IS

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