Benign, Inexpensive Simulant for testing of Biological Standoff Sensors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911SR-10-C-0885
Award Id:
94901
Agency Tracking Number:
A10A-017-0371
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
ARMY 10T017
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
983 Stillwater Avenue, Old Town, ME, 04468
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
171899805
Principal Investigator:
Luke Doucette
Vice President
(866) 269-8007
luke.doucette@ossmaine.com
Business Contact:
Luke Doucette
Vice President
(866) 269-8007
luke.doucette@ossmaine.com
Research Institution:
Univeristy of Maine
Michael M Hastings
College Avenue
Orono, ME, 4469
(207) 581-1484
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The goal of this Phase I proposal is to develop a synthetic, low cost, and benign simulant for biowarfare agents (BWA) to be used in the testing of standoff sensors. Orono Spectral Solutions Inc. (OSS) has performed preliminary work leading to the identification of benign ingredients that, when combined in a predefined mass ratio, mimic UV-Vis and infrared signatures of BG spores. This work was performed under an existing contract (DoD contract # W911SR-06-C-0035). The objective of future investigation is to expand upon this work to 1) complete the development of a material package for a BG spore simulant, 2) develop similar material packages that mimic the same signatures of Erwinia herbicola and MS2 bateriophage and 3) develop a method for creating micron sized particles using the ingredients identified for our existing BG simulant.

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