Improved Kit for Chemical Detection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-04-C-0118
Agency Tracking Number: A033-0045
Amount: $1,246,470.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: ARMY03-T14
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
3636 Boulevard of the Allies Suite B-17, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213
DUNS: 041791695
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Keith LeJeune
 (412) 209-7298
Business Contact
 Gary Ryker
Title: CBO
Phone: (412) 209-7340
Research Institution
 Battelle Technical Support Operatio
 David W Morton
 505 King Ave.
Columbus, OH, 43201
 (410) 436-7055
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Agentase has previously demonstrated that its technologies for enzyme polymerization can be used to detect nerve agent chemical weapons. That successful endeavor has resulted in a fielded product that is used by DoD, the US intelligence community, and emergency first responders. User feedback, while positive, suggests that an expansion of the sensor's detection capabilities beyond nerve agents would greatly improve upon the product's utility. The completed Phase I STTR effort clearly shows that Agentase's enzyme-based chemical detection technology can be used to detect not only nerve agents, but also blood agents, blister agents, and a variety of toxic industrial chemicals. Each of these chemistries has been adapted into a simple pen-like construct for inclusion within a kit of sensors for hazardous chemicals. The proposed Phase II effort is directed at developing individual pen-like sensors that detect target chemicals at concentration below levels that represent an immediate danger to life and health. Sensors will be extremely easy to use by an untrained user, respond to contamination within seconds, and be highly resistant to potential forms of chemical and environmental interference that can be problematic for conventional detection equipment.

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