Integrated flow cytometer for on-line, real-time unlabeled bio detection in potable water

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$729,981.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W56HZV-06-C-0592
Award Id:
74135
Agency Tracking Number:
A052-243-0720
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
655 Phoenix Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
103627316
Principal Investigator:
Thomas Haddock
VP Product Development
(734) 528-6135
tomhaddock@translume.com
Business Contact:
Eric Jacobson
VP Finance & Administrati
(734) 528-6371
ericjacobson@translume.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
A real-time, on-line monitor is needed both for environmental and potable water. In Michigan alone, billions of gallons of untreated or under-treated sewage is discharged into waterways yearly, potentially impacting drinking water and causing beach closings. Testing is now done by labs, a costly, labor-intensive procedure with results taking a day or more. The Army must purify water for warfighters in remote locations and insure its safe production, distribution and storage, but they currently have no rapid on-line water surety monitor. Translume's objective is to produce a micro flow cytometer, with fluid-handling and optical excitation and detection components all integrated in a small block of glass. Translume's unique and proprietary femtosecond laser manufacturing can produce this affordable, robust and permanently-aligned optical sensor that is attainable through no other means. These small sensors will detect and analyze bacteria without requiring sample preparation (the adding fluorescent labels or tags), thus operating unattended in potable water systems or environmental settings. They will provide real-time on-line and on-site data, to permit flagging of hazards and insuring action is taken quickly. Potential customers include municipalities, industries, and environmental quality departments.

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