Development of a Neural Co-Culture Bioactive Compound Sensor

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911NF-06-C-0093
Agency Tracking Number:
A064-013-0249
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
A06-T013
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SYNKERA TECHNOLOGIES INC.
2021 Miller Dr., Longmont, CO, 80501
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
130993384
Principal Investigator
 Elizabeth Mirowski
 (720) 494-8401
 emirowski@synkera.com
Business Contact
 Stephen Williams
Title: President and CTO
Phone: (720) 494-8401
Email: swilliams@synkera.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF COLORADO
 Randall W Draper
 Office of Contracts and Grants
Boulder, CO, 80309
 (303) 492-2695
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Synkera Technologies proposes to develop a bipartite Living Neural Networks (LNN) platform capable of sustaining two different types of intercommunicating neuronal modules that can be independently exposed to and record electrical and biochemical perturbations. The focal point of the proposed sensor will be a micromachined biochip platform for guided and reproducible growth of LNN on ceramic substrates. The advantages of this platform include the following: (1) improved growth characteristics of the neural co-culture, (2) the ability to reproducibly control neuronal and axonal outgrowth between two LNN, (3) the ability to provide discrete access of biochemical perturbations to each LNN, (4) the ability to provide nanoelectrode access with superior electrical characteristics and contact to the LNN, and (5) fewer processing steps for less expensive devices.

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