Microfluidic Analytical Separator for Proteomics

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,947.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNJ05JA05C
Agency Tracking Number:
033429
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Space Hardware Optimization Technology
7200 Highway 150, Greenville, IN, 47124
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
621970383
Principal Investigator:
Paul Todd
(812) 923-9591
ptodd@SHOT.com
Business Contact:
Mark Deuser
Business Official
(812) 923-9591
mdeuser@SHOT.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The proposed innovation is a microfluidic device designed to effect a 2-dimensional resolution of a mixture of proteins based on isoelectric point (pI) and molecular weight (MW). The innovation performs tasks similar to those performed by 2-dimensional ("2-D") gel electrophoresis. To achieve 2-D-gel equivalence with minimal complications and maximum exploitation of the advantages provided by microfluidics a novel approach is proposed. In this approach the user dissolves or mixes a sample to be tested for proteins into a sample buffer and injects this into a plastic card consisting of microfluidic channels and electrodes. The card is inserted into a compact "reader" (small enough for space flight) that, within four hours, electronically reports the abundance of each protein detected. In Phase II research SHOT will (1) establish fabrication parameters for the card and manufacture prototypes, (2) build a breadboard reader and (3) test the Microfluidic Analytical Separator using mixed protein solutions. The innovation is useful in detecting specific protein ratio changes in blood or plasma, in extracts of experimental organisms subjected to varying environmental conditions, and in the medium-resolution high-throughput screening of pharmaceutical agents.

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