Integrated, self-actuated, blood collection and biomarker purification device

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-13-C-0051
Agency Tracking Number: D122-003-0115
Amount: $149,825.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: SB122-003
Solicitation Number: 2012.2
Small Business Information
723 Jenifer St, Apt #3, Madison, WI, -
DUNS: 078431936
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Erwin Berthier
 President
 (608) 556-7606
 erwin.berthier@gmail.com
Business Contact
 Erwin Berthier
Title: President
Phone: (608) 556-7606
Email: erwinberthier@tassoinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Blood-based assays require upstream mechanisms to acquire sample from a patient, extract the analyte of interest, and preserve the analyte until it can be quantified. Current point-of-care assays overwhelmingly rely on lancet puncture, which is inconvenient because of the presence of blood that is open to the environment and induces high levels of user error inherent with the multiple steps required. In order to develop a platform that can be used in any situation (i.e. low resource setting, moving vehicle) and by an untrained user, we propose the development of a blood collection and sample purification platform integrated in a simple device that does not require complex fluid transfer steps. The technology proposed will allow accessible blood collection and high-purity extraction from the sample collected of a broad range of biomarkers such as viral particles, protein, RNA and DNA for downstream quantification and analysis. The disposable testing platform can be readily interfaced with components for in-the-field testing, or used for stabilizing the biomarkers of interest for safely shipping to a remote laboratory for analysis.

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