Innovative Microbial Surface Sampler

Period of Performance: 06/10/2016 - 12/09/2016

$115K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

QuickSilver Analytics, inc.
1371 Brass Mill Rd, Suite E
Belcamp, MD 21017
Firm POC, Principal Investigator

Abstract

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.