SBIR Phase II: An Automated Water Pathogen Monitoring System

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0450613
Agency Tracking Number: 0319478
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
535 West Research Blvd., Fayetteville, AR, 72701
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Zoraida Aguilar
 (479) 571-2592
Business Contact
 Mark Wagstaff
Title: Mr
Phone: (479) 571-2592
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project aims to develop an automated instrument for rapid and specific detection of waterborne pathogens in municipal water supplies using methods combining immunoassay with electrochemistry. Although the disposable cartridges for this instrument could be specified for nearly any pathogen of interest, this project will focus primarily on the detection of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts. C. parvum is a threat to the nation's water supply, does not respond to common antibiotics and resists water purification treatments. The commercial application of this project will be on the monitoring of drinking water supplies for pathogens. This would include testing of water at the source, in distribution networks, and at bottling and packaging facilities. The proposed device would eventually be adapted for emergency field use, for home use by safety conscious consumers, and for medical, industrial, recreational and combat purposes.

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