NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 H3.01-8576
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Environmental Monitoring
PROPOSAL TITLE: Innovative Microbial Surface Sampler

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
QuickSilver Analytics, Inc.
1371 Brass Mill Rd, Suite E
Belcamp, MD 21017 - 1239
(410) 676-4300

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Rodney D Hudson
rod.hudson@qckslvr.com
1371 Brass Mill Rd, Suite E
Belcamp, MD 21017 - 1239
(410) 676-4300

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Rodney D Hudson
rod.hudson@qckslvr.com
1371 Brass Mill Rd, Suite E
Belcamp, MD 21017 - 1239
(410) 676-4300

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Environmental Monitoring is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The QS Team will develop an Innovative Microbial Surface Sampling (IMSS) device design and provide prototype kits for use in the International Space Station (ISS). The sampler will meet key design characteristics including: design based on QS?s BisKit macrofoam sponge; able to withstand Gamma irradiation and/or autoclave; allow sampling up to 1M2 in a single sample; contain up to 15 ml of buffer within the sampler and not release buffer during sampling at low pressure (8 psi); designed so as to allow a small sample of buffer to be extracted while in the ISS for local plating; be as compact as possible; have a two year shelf life; easy for ISS staff to use; stable in storage for up to six weeks; certified sterile and have a verified DNA background ? below 1000 rRNA gene copies.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The intended use of this IMSS device is to sample up to 1m2 surface areas within the ISS. Device will be configured to allow liquid samples to be taken in the ISS for plating and also retain remaining buffer for transport back to Earth for subsequent analysis.

The IMSS may not replace the existing SSK, but may augment the SSK providing buffer when transported back to Earth which can be used for gene sequencing and indentification of potentially hazardous bacteria, viruses, molds, etc. on surfaces within the ISS.

This has been a general weakness of the existing SSK.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The IMSS device could also be used to Commercial sample clean rooms where stringent sampling requirements call for a very low background of DNA.

The IMSS could also be used by DoD personnel to conduct Sensitive Site Exploitation (SSE) sampling missions. QS is currently working another SBIR to develop a SSE sampling kit for the Gold Standard US CBRNE Sampling Teams. These Teams mission includes sites involving high value national security targets. The IMSS may become a component of this kit.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Biological (see also Biological Health/Life Support)
Biological Signature (i.e., Signs Of Life)
Biomass Growth
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Diagnostics/Prognostics
Health Monitoring & Sensing (see also Sensors)
Material Handing & Packaging
Medical
Prototyping
Spacecraft Design, Construction, Testing, & Performance (see also Engineering; Testing & Evaluation)

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