QUALITY CONTROL TOOL FOR NEWBORN SCREENING BLOOD SAMPLES

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$0.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
2R44HD037789-02
Agency Tracking Number:
HD037789
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
WESTERN RESEARCH COMPANY, INC.
WESTERN RESEARCH COMPANY, INC., 2127 E SPEEDWAY, STE 209, TUCSON, AZ, 85719
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
BRIAN CRAINE
(520) 325-4505
BLCRAINE@WRC-INC.COM
Business Contact:
ERIC CRAINE
(520) 325-4505
ERCRAINE@WRC-INC.COM
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Essentially all newborns in the United States (about 4 million per year) and at least 30 other countries have blood samples obtained on filter paper cards for the purpose of screening for a number of metabolic and genetic diseases. To prevent morbidity, such as brain damage, from metabolic diseases such as phenylketonuria or congenital hypothyroidism, it is critical that the screening results be obtained in a timely fashion. A persistent and well-documented problem for the newborn screening programs has been the arrival of inadequate blood card samples at the testing laboratories. These result in expensive recall testing and introduce a dangerous delay in the diagnosis of disease. This project will develop an imaging based system for the evaluation of blood cards to determine if they are adequate. Use of such a system at a birthing center will allow for the immediate correction of the problem, saving health care dollars and preventing any unnecessary delay in the diagnosis of important metabolic diseases.

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