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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-06-C-0592
Agency Tracking Number: A052-243-0720
Amount: $729,968.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: A05-243
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
655 Phoenix Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
DUNS: 103627316
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Haddock
 VP Product Development
 (734) 528-6135
Business Contact
 Eric Jacobson
Title: VP Finance & Administrati
Phone: (734) 528-6371
Research Institution
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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