In-line, Real-time monitoring of Arsenic in Drinking Water

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9300-04-M-1001
Award Id:
67891
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-302-1202
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 80010, Austin, TX, 78708
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
022552900
Principal Investigator:
Mehran Pazirandeh
Staff Scientist
(607) 272-0002
mehranp@agavebio.com
Business Contact:
Noe Salazar
President
(512) 671-1369
nsalazar@agavebio.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
In this Phase I, Agave BioSystems proposes a novel approach for the development of a rapid and sensitive detection system for arsenic in drinking water based on the bioluminescent protein aequorin. The simplicity and ruggedness of this technology has the potential for providing low cost, on-line, real-time monitoring for arsenic as part of a treatment plant process control system. Aequorin is a unique calcium-sensitive photoprotein originally isolated from the jellyfish Aequorea aequorea. In nature, when aequorin is in the presence of calcium, it triggers the chemical reaction that results in the production of light. Agave BioSystems proposes to engineer a genetically modified aequorin that is capable of generating light in the presence of arsenic by replacing the aequorin calcium binding sites with arsenic binding sites. This will result in a specific and rapid arsenic detection mechanism. Subsequently, the engineered molecule will be integrated into a self-contained biosensor for the rapid, and sensitive detection of arsenic in drinking water.

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