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Enhancing Biosensor Life Using Dendrimers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-03-C-7055
Agency Tracking Number: N031-1756
Amount: $69,993.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2003
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
200 Turnpike Road
Chelmsford, MA 01824
United States
DUNS: 021977843
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Senerath Palamakumbura
 Sensor Scientist
 (978) 606-2600
Business Contact
 Hamed Borhanian
Title: President
Phone: (978) 606-2600
Research Institution

Sensera, Inc. proposes to develop novel biological warfare agent optical sensors based on dendrimers and reporter fluorescent dyes. These generic sensors do not have a biological receptor component and are convenient and cheap to assemble. The longlifetime of the proposed sensors will make them ideal for stand alone detection. During Phase 1, Sensera will develop proof-of-concept bacterial and endospore sensors, which will lay the foundation for a small point detector in Phase 2. During Phase 2, wewill also construct actual prototype sensor arrays based on the individual sensors developed in Phase 1. Point detectors consisting of these sensor arrays will monitor both air and water for the presence of bacteria and endospores. Sensera's genericoptical sensors will have broad potential markets in homeland defense and environmental monitoring. Due to their low cost and long lifetimes, they will be well suited as continuous monitoring devices and for first responder applications in private andpublic establishments.

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