Navigation Links
Menssana Research Inc. gets $4.2M BARDA contract to develop breath test for radiation

The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority in the US Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Menssana Research Inc., a company with research facilities in the NJIT Enterprise Development Center, a contract for $4.2 million to develop a breath test for radiation exposure. If the contract is exercised with options, it could total $22.84 million.

Menssana Research has developed a sensitive breathalyzer which can detect several hundred different chemical compounds in normal human breath. The breathalyzer is much more sensitive than those police use to measure blood alcohol concentrations, and is currently in studies to identify disease biomarkers in patients with lung cancer, breast cancer, and tuberculosis. A pilot study also identified biomarkers of radiation exposure in cancer patients receiving radiation therapy. The Menssana breathalyzer is safe, painless and non-invasive, and only requires a person to breathe gently into a mouthpiece for two minutes. Potentially, it could provide a rapid and reliable diagnostic test to screen large numbers of casualties.

A radiologic or nuclear event such as an accident involving radioactive materials or a "dirty bomb" explosion could injure a large number of people. Emergency responders would need to rapidly screen and identify those who have been exposed to radiation. This will require a new kind of screening test to measure radiation effects on the human body.

This new breath test for biomarkers of radiation exposure will be evaluated in patients receiving radiation as part of their normal scheduled treatment. Five medical centers will participate in the study, including Christiana Health Care System in Delaware, MD; Anderson Medical Center in Orlando, Florida; New York University Langone Medical Center; Seattle Swedish Cancer Institute; and the Veterans Administration Medical Center at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition, the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University will evaluate breath testing in animals, the LECO Corporation in St. Joseph, Michigan will provide advanced instruments to analyze the breath samples, and American Westech, Inc, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania will provide analytical and consultative services.

The project's long-term goal is to develop a point-of-care breathalyzer that could be used to rapidly screen large numbers of people for radiation exposure, and to determine the severity of the dose received in order to guide their medical care.


Contact: Michael Phillips
New Jersey Institute of Technology

Related medicine news :

1. La Jolla Institute to develop San Diegos first center for RNAi genomics research
2. Governor presents UH researcher with grant for cardiac device
3. Most Americans Back Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Poll
4. Additional $38M awarded to expand orthopedic trauma care research
5. Colorado researcher discovers mechanism for changing adult cells into stem-like cells
6. American Cancer Society awards new research and training grants
7. Wistar researchers discover new class of objects encoded within the genome
8. MFM researcher earns $3.7M NIH grant to study preterm birth
9. MJFF announces over $10 million in funding for clinical and pre-clinical PD research
10. Blood test could diagnose Alzheimers disease, UT Southwestern researchers find
11. Better cholesterol drugs may follow Saint Louis University researchers breakthrough
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Wimbledon Health Partners, ... new Wimbledon Athletics Facebook page to educate the public, parents and ... abnormalities. About 2,000 people under the age of 25 die from sudden cardiac ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... ... On November 23rd 2015 Cozy Products, a division of Bird-X Incorporated, ... explains what this means for business moving forward. , The Tri Lite heater business ... to sell personal heaters that reduce energy consumption, are economical and keep people warm ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... , ... SCOTTSDALE, AZ) - Today, Dr. Todd C. ... and non-surgical treatments, announced the expansion of his private practice capabilities with the ... Highly trained and nationally recognized for his natural approach, Dr. Todd Hobgood serves ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Brillianteen, McGaw YMCA’s student-produced ... in its 65th Anniversary Brillianteen Revue, scheduled for March 4-6, 2016. Auditions for ... years, Brillianteen has been a treasured tradition for numerous families in the Evanston ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... , ... “While riding the bus, I saw a passenger in a wheelchair ... to be a convenient and comfortable way to protect them from bad weather, so ... safely travel during cold or inclement weather. In doing so, it ensures that the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... Nov. 24, 2015  Thanks to a donor with ... Mary,s Medical Center,s Sister Diane Grassilli Center for Women,s ... in San Francisco . ... stepped forward with a gift of $617,320 that allowed ... Mammography with Tomosynthesis and Whole Breast Ultrasound. Tomosynthesis, three-dimensional ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... CHAPEL HILL, N.C. , Nov. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... market research projects in an effort to quickly uncover ... market position. --> --> ... expeditiously launch a market research project and ensure that ... with company and industry standards. Another major barrier to ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... COMMACK, New York , 24. November ... Hersteller des Avery Breathing Pacemaker Systems, ist ... Ph.D., als Clinical Consultant bekannt geben zu ... -->   --> ... Stockholm (Schweden). Von 1984-1986 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: