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Sterilizing Medical Equipment with One Atmosphere Uniform Glow Discharge Plasma

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: EPD04029
Agency Tracking Number: BC3A1-0260
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: C3-NCER-A1
Solicitation Number: PR-NC-03-10275
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-03-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2004-08-31
Small Business Information
924 Corridor Park Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37932
United States
DUNS: 158986732
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Kimberly Kelly-Wintenberg
 President & Chief Executive Officer
 (865) 777-3776
Business Contact
 Kimberley Kelly-Wittenberg
Title: President & Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (856) 777-3776
Research Institution

The goal of this Phase I research project is to investigate the feasibility

and commercial potential of using the One Atmosphere Uniform Glow Discharge

Plasma (OAUGDP™) as a low-temperature sterilization process for medical equipment.

Current sterilization technologies that pose a risk to health care workers

and the environment are being phased out of use (e.g., ethylene oxide sterilization).

This heightens the need to develop innovative environmentally and employee

friendly technologies. The OAUGDP patented technology has been shown to be

effective at sterilizing/decontaminating a number of surfaces for applications

in biological/chemical decontamination, improving indoor air quality, blood

products, and food. Furthermore, OAUGDP does not require consumables to operate

nor does it generate waste or harmful byproducts.

To demonstrate proof of concept, Atmospheric Glow Technologies will address

the following goals:

• Fabricate an OAUGDP prototype that will sterilize contaminated medical


• Inoculate stainless steel surgical instruments with microorganisms and

assess the OAUGDP exposure time necessary to sterilize the device in the presence

or absence of organic debris.

• Inoculate common sensitive medical equipment with microorganisms

and assess the plasma exposure time necessary to sterilize the device in the

presence or absence of organic debris.

• Evaluate any potential surface modifications or effect on functionality

occurring as a result of OAUGDP exposure through microscopic and analytical


• Prepare a final report and the Phase II proposal.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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