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Speci-Lock: Optimized Bio-Specimen Sealing Solution

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Contract: 75D30121P11823
Agency Tracking Number: 75D30121P11823
Amount: $243,495.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 6
Solicitation Number: PHS 2021-1
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
301 1st St.(Suite 200)
Roanoke, VA 24011-1921
United States
DUNS: 627132913
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David Remer
 (434) 220-9448
Business Contact
 Mary (Maggie) Hudson
Phone: (434) 220-1559
Research Institution

ABSTRACT: The current COVID-19 crisis has highlighted issues with specimen container integrity. Multiple sources consulted have cited a COVID-19 RT-PCR specimen container failure rate of 2-2.5%. Calculated with the CDC’s record of more than 125 million administered RT-PCR COVID-19 tests, this means that approximately 2.5 – 3.1 million administered COVID-19 tests have been compromised. The need clearly exists for a lowcost, easily-fieldable, and robust specimen-containment solution that will provide positive feedback to the user upon proper closure, and withstand environmental changes encountered during transport. In response to this significant need, Luna Innovations and its collaborators propose the Speci-Lock System: A positive-feedback, aftermarket closure solution designed to interface with a wide variety of existing screwtop specimen containers. In addition to providing tactile and audible feedback of proper closure to a user, Speci-Lock is also designed with a pressure-sensitive gasket that increases sealing force with increased pressures experienced during transit. The overall purpose of the Speci-Lock program is to design, develop, produce, and commercialize a novel biological specimen containment solution which will eliminate containment failure due to user error and environmental conditions. To this end, Luna will utilize its network of consultants and collaborators to ensure that the program remains targeted from project initiation.

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