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Novel Infrared (IR)-Transparent Hydrophilic Membrane That Can be Used for Filtration, Printing or Microarrays, and Cultivation o

Posted Oct 31 2008 5:00pm

Description of Invention:
Available for licensing and commercial development is a novel, disposable infrared (IR)-transparent, microporous, plasma treated polyethylene hydrophilic membrane, as well as methods for making and using this membrane to identify bacterial and other micoorganism impurities in food using IR spectroscopy. Further applications include: filtering dilute aqueous bacterial suspensions, and growing bacterial colonies when the PE membrane is placed over an agar medium and incubated. The patent also describes a novel high-throughout technique, as an alternative to manual filtration, where the PE membrane is used for microarray printing of intact microorganisms in pre-enriched medium on the treated PE substrate. Furthermore, the invention relates to a method of detecting mixtures of food-borne pathogens E. sakazakii and K. pneumonia, by using the treated PE membranes. Because this unique membrane is transparent to infrared light, isolated microcolonies of bacterial cells grown on this PE substrate can be fingerprinted directly by IR microspectroscopy, followed by multivariate analysis for the identification of the pathogens. The method can be applied to other cell types as well.

This novel membrane and its applications offer an advantage over existing tests in that it can be used to rapidly identify presumptive pathogen colonies, and can be used in screening tests for a large number of pathogens, as well as various microorganisms and cell types. It can also be used to isolate microorganisms from aqueous suspensions as well as spores, including airborne ones.

Magdi M Mossoba (FDA)
Sufian Al-Khaldi (FDA)

Patent Status:
HHS, Reference No. E-174-2005/0
US, Application No. 11/343,561 filed 30 Jan 2006
US, Application No. 12/150,048 filed 23 Apr 2008

Licensing Status:
Available for non-exclusive or exclusive licensing.

Devices/Instrumentation - Diagnostics
Infectious Diseases
Infectious Diseases - Diagnostics

For Additional Information Please Contact:
Jeffrey James Ph.D.
NIH Office of Technology Transfer
100 N. Charles St., 5th Floor,
Baltimore, MD 21201
United States

Ref No: 1398

Updated: 11/2008

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