A Highly Selective, Low Power, Wireless, Immunoassay Based Optical Sensor for Detection of Water-born Pathogens.

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$119,862.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9132V-04-C-0014
Agency Tracking Number:
A032-1075
Solicitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Topic Code:
A03-131
Solicitation Number:
2003.2
Small Business Information
SPORIAN MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
4699 Nautilus Court, Suite 201, Boulder, CO, 80301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
128688111
Principal Investigator:
Kevin Harsh
Senior Scientist
(303) 516-9075
kevin@sporian.com
Business Contact:
Bill Garrett
VP of Operations.
(303) 516-9075
bill@sporian.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
There exists a need for near-real time detection and location of small quantities of waterborne biological agents by the warfighter. Since surface water is the primary water source for field soldiers, there is a critical need to determine the extent of potability. The objective of the proposed work is to design and build a small, low cost, highly selective, immunoassay based optical sensor/communication module that can be taken into the field by soldiers to wirelessly monitor streams and effluents for the detection of biological agents. This (Module) will include signal-conditioning circuitry and a radio frequency (RF) transmitter subsection. The signal conditioning subsection will process the raw signals from the sensor subsection and the RF section will transmit a device ID number together with an alarm indication. A soldier, using a handheld reader developed for the purpose, will be able to determine if modules are within communication range and whether any indicate an alarm condition. Work will concentrate on defining: application requirements, optimum target proteins, antibodies, and probes, the support/antibody preparation (membrane) techniques, the optimum packaging/integration strategy, and the means of signal dispersal, communication, and recognition. The work will be performed through a partnership between Sporian Microsystems and Phase IV Engineering.

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