Vertebrate Cell Preservation Technique

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9132T-13-C-0002
Agency Tracking Number: A122-090-0093
Amount: $99,926.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12-090
Solicitation Number: 2012.2
Small Business Information
Photonic Systems Division, 1845 W. 205th Street, Torrance, CA, -
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gregory Zeltser
 Principal Scientist
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Research Institution
To address the U.S. Army need for new methods and/or materials to allow long-term storage of vertebrate cells under ambient conditions for use in portable cell-based toxicity sensors, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a Vertebrate Cell Storage (VerCeS) technology based on a novel formulation for vertebrate cell lyophilization. The key component of the VerCeS modality is a novel formulation and freeze-drying process to preserve the structure and functionality of the lyophilized cells. The innovations in the VerCeS method will sustain cells for a minimum of 3 months under ambient conditions with storage temperatures up to 40 deg C. Also, VerCeS will provide a high level of readiness, which will be achieved by rapid rehydration/reconstitution of the freeze-dried cells. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of the VerCeS concept by developing a prototype that will meet the Army"s performance metrics. In Phase II, POC plans to expand on the Phase I proof of concept work to demonstrate extended cell viability and functioning for six months with greater than 90% viability and cells ready to use in 60 min or less with minimal operational steps under the performance parameters described in Phase I.

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