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Topic Information Award/Contract Number Proposal Information Company Performance
Period
Award/Contract
Value
Abstract

H-SB05.1-001
ADVANCED SAMPLE PROCESSING OF LIQUID, OR SOLID OR AEROSOL SAMPLES, OR A COMBINATION OF TWO OR THREE

NBCHC060082 0512001
(FY05.1 Phase II)
"Channel to Droplet Sample Extraction Analysis (SEA) Cartridge for Food Testing and Homeland Security Applications"

Core MicroSolutions Inc.
1100 Glendon Avenue 17th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90024-3588

06/28/2006
to
07/31/2008
$995,649.00

In Phase I R&D, Core Microsolutions (CMSS) and Professor Sung Cho of the University of Pittsburgh successfully demonstrated advanced "channel-to-droplet" sample concentration and extraction functions on a compact glass chip that integrated state of the art Electrowetting-on-Dielectric (EWOD) droplet handling and purification capabilties with well proven channel-based separation methods. The novel process first separated sample particles within a microchannel, then extracted the concentrated particles from a channel opening in droplet form, and lastly bifurcated the particle mix within the droplet using Dielectrophoretic separation methods for a 2nd degree of concentration. This proposed Phase II work will optimize the "channel-to-droplet" sample extraction concepts demonstrated in Phase I to develop a programmable and user-ready microfluidic cartridge that can concentrate and extract bacterial pathogens from dilute analyte solutions for food testing and Homeland Security applications. Battelle Memorial Institute has been subcontracted to package the CMSS designed microfluidic chips in a rugged, plug-and-play cartridge that will be evaluated using E. Coli, Listeria and Yersinia pestis samples. This disposable and compact Sample Extraction Analysis (SEA) cartridge will output concentrated sample droplets to reduce detection times and uncertainty, while offering programmable droplet delivery and user-selected antibody capture sites to maximize market appeal.

H-SB05.1-005
INNOVATIVE LESS-LETHAL DEVICES FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

NBCHC060081 0512003
(FY05.1 Phase II)
Less-Lethal Eye Safe Handheld LED-Based Incapacitator for Law Enforcement

Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc.
2520 W. 237th Street
Torrance, CA 90505-5217

09/14/2006
to
09/13/2008
$770,000.00

In Phase I, Intelligent Optical Systems (IOS) developed and demonstrated a hand-held, battery operated prototype nonlethal weapon that utilizes an array of super-bright light emitting diodes (LEDs) to produce flashing light that causes disorientation and flashblindness in the target subject(s). To enhance the effectiveness of the LED-based Incapacitator (LEDI), IOS incorporated and evaluated such supplementary features as multiple colors, random and periodically changing frequencies and intensities of light, an embedded flashlight, a multidirectional strobe, and an ultrasonic rangefinder, which provides eye-safe operation. IOS also outlined, by establishing the preliminary calculations for narrow beam forming optics and a powerful die cluster on a single substrate, the development of a device that will operate at power levels close to the eye-damage threshold, yet in hand-held format. In Phase II, IOS will develop and fabricate a LEDI, and tests will be performed on human subjects. The final Phase II LEDI prototype will operate at the eye-damage threshold at distances up to 21-25 feet, and produce strong flashblindness with afterimages at distances up to 50 feet. The LEDI is intended to serve as a complementary supportive weapon for the nonlethal Tazer and other more lethal equipment of military and security personnel.

H-SB05.1-006
SECURE CARTON SYSTEM

NBCHC060086 0512009
(FY05.1 Phase II)
Secure Carton Integrated Electronic Remote System

Physical Optics Corporation
20600 Gramercy Place, Building 100
Torrance, CA 90501-1821

06/26/2006
to
09/25/2008
$749,995.00

To address the Department of Homeland Security need for a novel secure carton integrated with intermodal ISO containers, and the Advanced Container Security Device, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) has developed a novel "carton-centric" Secure Parcel ISO Distributed Enhanced RFID (SPIDER), which will enhance container-based ACSD and RFID tags with a low false alarm rate, responding to a broad variety of security scenarios to protect against sophisticated carton intrusion. The three-security-layer SPIDER architecture includes: smart skin, wireless status reporting, and authentication and ID. The smart skin is based on a unique, X-ray-transparent concealed electrical cage. The system can be entirely passive, inductively drawing power from the container RFID. Most of the technology for SPIDER mass production is well established. In Phase I, two generations of working prototypes were developed, fabricated, and demonstrated to DHS and to an Under Secretary of Defense. In Phase II we will extend the SPIDER concept to two protective network meshes: one similar to that of Phase I, and a new one with stretching capability to dramatically improve false alarm rate. SPIDER will find applications in cargo screening, container inspection, and special-purpose packages for sensitive items: pharmaceuticals, electronic chips, weapons, and classified materials.