Advanced Field-Deployable Monitor of Multiple Pesticides in Water

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2011-02350
Agency Tracking Number: 2011-02350
Amount: $460,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2011
Solitcitation Topic Code: 8.4
Solitcitation Number: USDA-NIFA-SBIR-00339
Small Business Information
89 RUMFORD AVE, Newton, MA, 02466-1311
Duns: 066594979
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Badawi Dweik
 Program Manager
 (781) 529-0520
Business Contact
 Anthony LaConti
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (781) 529-0501
Research Institution
The development of an inexpensive, field pesticide sensor would serve a large market for researchers, municipalities and regulatory agencies to minimize the risks involved in pesticide use. The long-term vision is for this technology to become a key environmental science tool to support water quality monitoring efforts. The proposed device will solve two of the most important shortcomings of present technology for environmental analysis: the limitation of current systems to the detection of a single class of closely related compounds, and the limited sensitivity and accuracy of field assays. The technology aims to increase safety of drinking water worldwide (which is a key aspect of the mission of USDA), prevent pesticide-related disease, reduce ecological impact, and improve efforts to protect wildlife and human life from harmful pesticide levels.

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