SOF Micro Lab

Period of Performance: 06/19/2003 - 12/19/2003


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

F&H Applied Science Assoc., Inc.
P.O. Box 853
Moorestown, NJ 08057
Principal Investigator


The overall goal of this program is to build a compact, lightweight, portable laboratory kit that can be used to analyze chemistries, cell counts, parasites, bacteria, and other pathogens in blood, urine, and body fluids. Our proposed Portable Micro-Lab (PML) kit will be composed of two sub-systems: 1) Environmentally stable microdot test strips smaller than a stick of chewing gum and containing the individual solid phase assay chemistries 2) Hand-held electro-optic reader/processor The PML kit will be small, rugged, and easy-to-use. Within minutes and without bulky instrumentation or sample preparation, it will provide SOCOM field personnel test results. Additionally, these results can be stored electronically, analyzed, and transmitted wirelessly. The expected performance and features of the PML will far exceed that of anything currently available. In Phase I, we will show the feasibility of performing multiple blood tests, at the same time, from only one drop of untreated whole blood (no pre-treatment required) using microdot test strips and the hand-held electro-optic reader/processor. We will that the PML kit can be extended to other blood assays and additional body fluids. An overall system design approach will also be developed. The proposed Portable Micro-Lab (PML) kit will enable SOCOM field personnel to perform multiple chemical and biological assays in remote locations. The expected performance and features of the PML kit will far exceed that of anything currently available. It will be rugged, self-calibrating, and as easy-to-use as a home glucose meter. Additionally, no sample preparation will be required in the field. The small package, lightweight, and battery operation will allow it to be very portable. The system will require very small quantities of body fluid (i.e. one drop of blood) and the medical test results can be stored, compared to prior tests, analyzed, and transmitted wirelessly. In addition to SOCOM and other military applications, the Portable Micro-Lab can be customized for first responder (EMT, etc.), homeland security, emergency contingency, rural medicine, physician office lab (POL), and humanitarian aid organization applications. Additional spin-off technologies, devices, and applications are anticipated.