Magnetic Concentrator & Cartridge System to Enhance Food Safety

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Amount:
$69,769.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911SR-04-P-0053
Agency Tracking Number:
C041-108-0064
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
CBD04-108
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Small Business Information
OPERATIONAL TECHNOLOGIES CORP.
4100 N. W. Loop 410, Suite 230, San Antonio, TX, 78229
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
154088710
Principal Investigator:
John Bruno
Senior Scientist
(210) 731-0015
john.bruno@otcorp.com
Business Contact:
William Henderson
Corporate Financial Officer
(210) 731-0000
bhenders@otcorp.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Foodborne pathogen detection has always been faced with volume and matrix problems, i.e., low numbers of viral or bacterial pathogens in a large volume of solid or liquid foods that are still potentially infectious. Despite sensitive techniques such as PCR and immunomagnetic-electrochemiluminescence (IM-ECL), there still exists a need to concentrate and semi-purify pathogens from large (liter) volumes of foodstuffs. To address this need, Operational Technologies Corporation (OpTech) intends to couple proven rapid and highly efficient immunomagnetic separator technology (IMAS), that was previously developed to detect pathogens in blood for USAMRDC, to its newer magnetically assisted test strip (MATS) concept. By the end of Phase II, OpTech will deliver a compact version of IMAS, for preliminary concentration of liter volumes of fluids and solid (minced) suspensions, that will be subsequently ultra-purified by the MATS cartridge. The MATS will allow simultaneous multiple sample (5-10 samples) detection and analysis by PCR, IM-ECL, or other techniques of choice by the U.S. military and civilian sector.

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