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Proposal Number: 1011073
Proposal Title: Aptamer-SPR technique and device for high sensitivity and high specificity of explosives detection (A-SPRED)
Topic Number: H-SB010.1-004
Phase: Phase I
Topic Title: Molecular Recognition for Explosives Detection
Organization: Infoscitex Corporation
Address: 303 Bear Hill Rd
Waltham, MA 02451-1016  
Abstract: A joint effort by several US military offices aims to create hand held platforms that will enable the real time detection and quantitation of a threat. Detection of explosives in the gas phase presents an extreme advantage for various homeland security applications and operations. However, direct detection of explosives in trace quantities in the air presents an extremely difficult problem due to potentially high aerial dilution of the vapors, unless the agent is collected from the air and concentrated in a liquid. To advance the state-of-the-art in in-air detection of explosives, Infoscitex Corporation (IST) proposes the development of a detection system based on an aptameric detection mechanism. Infoscitex will apply novel methods for isolation of aerially active aptamers in conjunction with ICX Technologies, Inc. to provide the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with a versatile, high affinity, highly reliable explosives sensor.
Award/Contract Number: N10PC20204
Period of Performance: 05/17/2010 - 11/30/2010
Award/Contract Value: $99,941.91
Award/Obligated Amount: $99,941.91