Field Portable Device for Brain Injury Diagnosis

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-07-C-0031
Agency Tracking Number: A062-153-0297
Amount: $1,229,950.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-153
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
INTELLIGENT OPTICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
2520 W. 237th Street, Torrance, CA, 90505
DUNS: 033449757
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Srivatsa Venkatasubbarao
 Senior Scientist
 (310) 530-7130
 sbirproposals@intopsys.com
Business Contact
 Lothar Kempen
Title: Vice President, R&D
Phone: (310) 530-7130
Email: randdoffice@intopsys.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a major cause of cognitive deficits, as well as a series of physiological and psychological disorders, that can result in both short-term and long-term problems. Unfortunately, closed head injuries are difficult to detect, and early detection is necessary to improve the treatment and therapy of injured personnel. To address this important and urgent health problem, Intelligent Optical Systems, in collaboration with Prof. Edward Dixon of the University of Pittsburgh, proposes to develop a field test kit to diagnose TBI. Lateral flow assay test strips were designed and developed to measure the concentrations of S100ƒÒ and NSE. Phase I results show that the concentrations of the biomarkers S100ƒÒ and NSE correlate negatively with the Glasgow Coma Scale and the Glasgow Outcome Scale. This new assay format provides an easy-to-use format suitable for field-use. In Phase II, we will include additional biomarkers, optimize the test strips fabrication, develop a portable reader, and conduct clinical studies to characterize and validate the test strip performance. The successful completion of this project will result in a device that can be used by military personnel to rapidly diagnose TBI, even in battlefield conditions.

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