MEMS-Based Sperm Cell Sorting for Agricultural Breeding Programs

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
2012-00054
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
2012-00054
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
8.3
Solicitation Number:
USDA-NIFA-SBIR-003497
Small Business Information
75 ROBIN HILL RD, Goleta, CA, 93117-3108
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
967423521
Principal Investigator:
JohnFoster
CEO
(805) 452-0181
john@owlbiomedical.com
Business Contact:
JaquelinSpong
Executive Director
(540) 358-0448
jackie@owlbiomedical.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
Agricultural breeding programs inevitably produce individuals on the non-desired gender, such as male calves on a dairy farm. These individuals are harvested or destroyed early on, to minimize the cost of supporting these animals. Nonetheless, they reduced the profitability and efficiency of these enterprises. This project would reduce or eliminate the production of undesired offspring by sorting male from female sperm prior to insemination. The technique uses a microfabricated cell sorter to separate the male from female gametes at very high speed, for the production of sperm straws for insemination that contain only the gamete of the desired gender. As a result, the production of only the desired sex is much more likely. The platform is inexpensive, fast, and easy to use. Furthermore, the device is inexpensive and easy to use, such that its deployment in rural settings and outside of large research labs, is quite feasible. By reducing the costs associated with the non-desired genders, the profitability and efficiency of meat and dairy production will be improved, and thus the project may profoundly impact agriculture in the US.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites


SBA logo

Department of Agriculture logo

Department of Commerce logo

Department of Defense logo

Department of Education logo

Department of Energy logo

Department of Health and Human Services logo

Department of Homeland Security logo

Department of Transportation logo

Enviromental Protection Agency logo

National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo

National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government