Environmentally Friendly Luciferase-based Illumination Technology

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-04-M-5411
Award Id:
67622
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-145-2291
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:
KathyWojtas
Staff Scientist
(607) 272-0002
kwojtas@agavebio.com
Business Contact:
NoeSalazar
President
(512) 671-1369
nsalazar@agavebio.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Current technologies for marking of landing zones as well as areas for search and rescue have significant drawbacks ranging from the additional weight of batteries for some systems to plastic and metallic debris left behind. There are clear advantages both operationally and environmentally to utilizing bioluminescent materials that can be lighter and do not leave behind non-biodegradable debris. In this Phase I, Agave BioSystems proposes to demonstrate the use of bioluminescent technology in biodegradable packaging as a stable, easy to use and effective illumination system to replace current chemical and electrical systems. To accomplish this, we propose to genetically manipulate yeast so it is capable of producing luciferase, the enzyme that is produced by fireflies, and package the yeast in a stable form. The yeast can then be "activated" and luciferin (the substrate for luciferase) added to them, with the subsequent production of light to mark the desired area.

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