Malaria Diagnostic Methods to Replace Microscopy in Clinical Trials

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$730,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W81XWH-09-C-0019
Award Id:
87268
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-3843
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
A08-118
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
PO Box 163, Essex Junction, VT, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
126592653
Principal Investigator:
Kenneth Puzey
President
(802) 861-2728
kpuzey@quantaspec.com
Business Contact:
Lisa Kane
CFO
(802) 861-2728
lkane@quantaspec.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
QuantaSpec is a world leader in FTIR spectroscopy applied research. The purpose of this project is to develop and validate methods for the rapid automated detection and identification of Plasmodia in thin film blood smears using FTIR micro spectroscopy. Infrared micro spectroscopy can be used to detect even a single infected red blood cell and is not fooled by artifacts that confound visual microscopy. These capabilities can improve the performance of in vitro diagnostic tests for clinical use, improve case management, aid eradication efforts, and improve the speed and accuracy of efficacy screening of therapeutics and vaccines. Better diagnostics and endpoints are needed to combat malaria which kills approximately 1 million people every year.

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