Novel Polymeric Formulations for Skin Protection and Decontamination

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Contract: DAMD17-05-C-0131
Agency Tracking Number: C051-118-0061
Amount: $99,917.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: CBD05-118
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
15 Acorn Park, Cambridge, MA, 02140
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Emily Reichert
 Sr Scientist, App. Chem & Materials
 (617) 498-5416
Business Contact
 Renee Wong
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (617) 498-5655
Research Institution
Currently there is a need for a pre-exposure decontaminating skin cream that will neutralize chemical warfare agents (CWA) on contact. Current approaches to this problem cannot both dissolve a CWA challenge and neutralize the agent into less toxic products before it reaches the skin surface. In response the solicitation CBD05-118 Decontaminating Protective Skin Cream Effective Against Chemical Warfare Agents, a new approach based on a series of proprietary polymers is proposed. The range of possible chemical structures (hydrophilic, amphiphilic, lipophilic or cationic) enables formulations of the polymers to contain a wide variety of actives. In Phase I, we will examine the feasibility of incorporating active moieties into these polymers that neutralize CWAs. The eventual formulation will allow solubilization of both the active moiety and the CWA, enabling a neutralization reaction to occur. The polymers are chemically stable and can be synthesized from available starting materials for a reasonable cost.

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