Handheld FRET-Aptamer Sensor for Agricultural Security

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$79,986.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
2006-33610-16757
Agency Tracking Number:
2006-00138
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Operational Technologies Corporation
4100 N.W. Loop 410 Suite 230, San Antonio, TX, 78229
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
John Bruno
Senior Scientist
(210) 732-0015
john.bruno@otcorp.com
Business Contact:
William Henderson
Chief Financial Officer
(210) 731-0000
bhenders@otcorp.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
America is highly vulnerable to agricultural bioterrorism. A successful attack could be devastating to the U.S. and world economy. Rapid detection of agricultural bioterrorism agents is critical to limiting or halting the spread of such disease agents. This project concerns development of a rapid, facile, one-step fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET)-aptamer assay and handheld sensor for foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) viruses (possible agricultural bioterrorism agents). Re-introduction of FMD into the U.S. could be limited or stopped by appropriate quarantine measures if detected on farms early in the process of spreading. The handheld sensor and FRET assays are intended to fulfill this need. If successful, this platform technology could be developed to detect other bioterrorism agents as well.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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