SBIR Phase I: Optical Spectroscopy for Colon Cancer Screening without Colonoscopy

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0712361
Agency Tracking Number: 0712361
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: BT
Solicitation Number: NSF 06-598
Small Business Information
1801 Maple Ave, Suite 4316, Evanston, IL, 60201
DUNS: 783657781
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Cittadine
 MS
 (847) 467-0628
 andrew.cittadine@americanbiooptics.com
Business Contact
 Andrew Cittadine
Title: MS
Phone: (847) 467-0628
Email: andrew.cittadine@americanbiooptics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I research project aims to develop an optical technology for population-wide colon cancer screening by means of a simple, inexpensive, minimally intrusive and accurate optical rectal test that would forego the need for bowel cleansing. The technology is based on low-coherence enhanced backscattering (LEBS), an optical technique which enables the sensing of tissue micro-architectural correlates of pathological changes in otherwise normal mucosa. Performance of colon cancer screens by primary care providers will increase the likelihood of early detection and treatment of this important disease. Moreover, the availability of the technology will also decrease the cost associated with this disease by enabling the selection of at-risk individuals by the primary care provider for referral to the gastroenterologist for further follow-up.

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