Immunotoxicity Monitoring Method for Unknown Noxious Exposures (IMMUNE)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,997.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-05-M-6603
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-076-1534
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF05-076
Solicitation Number:
2005.1
Small Business Information
PHYSICAL SCIENCES, INC.
20 New England Business Center, Andover, MA, 01810
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
073800062
Principal Investigator:
Mitchell Zakin
Area Manager, Life Sciences
(978) 689-0003
zakin@psicorp.com
Business Contact:
B. Green
President, PSI R&D Operations
(978) 689-0003
green@psicorp.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
In this proposal we describe the development of a technology (nanoCyl) that can assay multiple protein biomarkers in small sample volume physiological fluids. It offers the potential for a novel immune assessment tool that can be deployed in the field for the rapid assessment of exposure of troops to a wide range of toxic agents. Proof of concept for the technology will be provided through the measurement of cytokine/chemokine expression profiles that characterize the immune system response to respiratory tract pathogens, through collaboration with Dr. Wayne Ensign of the Naval Health Research Center. A model profiling system will be demonstrated that will assay TNF-alpha and IL-1beta with an analyte detection sensitivity of < 10 pg/ml and a coefficient of variation of < 20%. This detection sensitivity is consistent with the changes in TNF-alpha and IL-1beta levels secreted into sputum. A subsequent Phase II project would involve the development of a prototype system suitable for deployment in the field.

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