A Novel Diagnostic Assay for the Detection of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Program
Contract: FA8650-12-M-6250
Agency Tracking Number: O112-H05-3009
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD11-H05
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-01-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
2501 Earl Rudder Freeway South, College Station, TX, -
DUNS: 184758308
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Mueller
 Sr. Scientist
 (979) 764-2200
Business Contact
 G. Hisaw
Title: Sr. Contracts Administrator
Phone: (979) 764-2200
Email: renee.hisaw@lynntech.com
Research Institution
One in three humans currently living on earth are infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. This number is astonishing and underscores our ever-increasing need for accurate and efficient tuberculosis diagnostics. This is especially true for the US military wherein troops are serving in areas around the world that have high tuberculosis incidence rates. While there are a good number of diagnostic assays available, including radiography, microscopy, cell culturing, PCR and immunological tests, most of these are expensive, time-consuming and require sophisticated instruments and trained personnel to interpret results. We propose to develop a portable, robust, user-friendly and inexpensive diagnostic assay for tuberculosis. We will identify high affinity ligands that directly detect M. tuberculosis cells. These ligands will be affinity matured and will progress to the second Phase of this Tuberculosis Diagnostic program. In Phase II, we will perform M. tuberculosis whole-cell binding assays to examine the utility of each of the ligands selected for our diagnostic assay. Phase II will also include the development of a prototype instrument for the diagnosis of tuberculosis.

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