Improved Kit for Chemical Detection

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$748,474.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911NF-04-C-0118
Award Id:
63233
Agency Tracking Number:
A033-0045
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3636 Boulevard of the Allies Suite B-17, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
041791695
Principal Investigator:
KeithLeJeune
CEO
(412) 209-7298
klejeune@agentase.com
Business Contact:
GaryRyker
CBO
(412) 209-7340
gryker@agentase.com
Research Institute:
Battelle Technical Support Operatio
David W Morton
505 King Ave.
Columbus, OH, 43201
(410) 436-7055
Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
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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