Dual-mode nanosensory platform for Citrus Tristeza Virus detection

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
2012-00027
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
2012-00027
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
8.13
Solicitation Number:
USDA-NIFA-SBIR-003497
Small Business Information
2060 CHICAGO AVE STE C2, Riverside, CA, 92507-2347
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
960774941
Principal Investigator:
YoungwooRheem
Senior Researcher
(951) 686-5008
youngwoo.rheem@iscatech.com
Business Contact:
AnnlokYap
Business Director
(951) 686-5008
annlok.yap@iscatech.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
Independent of the field (human health, agriculture, etc.) it is clear that early detection is the only solution to prevent epidemics. Our dual-mode nanosensory platform is a disruptive concept that utilizes two detection modes in a single biosensor chip. In the case of Citrus Tristeza Virus, current detection is slow, expensive, requiring constant human interference and laboratory conditions with plenty of consumables and energy, is not amenable to field operation, and results in only a small portion of introduced pathogens actually being detected before diseases become widespread. Vector control personnel and epidemiologists rely on time consuming, manual methods that often come too late to prevent epidemics, requiring expensive remedial actions such as blanket pesticide applications over entire regions. The dual-mode nanosensory platform will allow for efficient monitoring for the presence of disease in the field with very low false signaling. This will be useful not only for vector and disease management but also bio-detection in homeland security, health care, agroenvironmental fields and food safety markets, all markets conservatively evaluated at $2 billion per year.

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