Technology ID
E-458-2013-0

Monitoring Public Water Supply for a Variety of Pathogens

Linked ID
TAB-3309
Inventors
Blake Simmons (Sandia National Laboratories-California)
Eric Cummings (Sandia National Laboratories-California)
Vincent Hill (CDC)
Yolanda Fintschenko (Sandia National Laboratories-California)
Lead Inventors
Vincent Hill (CDC)
Co-Inventors
Blake Simmons (Sandia National Laboratories-California)
Eric Cummings (Sandia National Laboratories-California)
Yolanda Fintschenko (Sandia National Laboratories-California)
Therapeutic Areas
Infectious Disease
ICs
CDC
Commercial Applications
  • Monitoring of municipal, commercial, public, and individual water supplies for drinking water quality
  • Monitoring source water, industrial effluent, hospital discharge, and military water infrastructures for pathogens
  • Assessing water in agricultural settings
  • Monitoring water quality in pools and other recreational settings
Competitive Advantages
  • A rapid method for detecting the presence of a variety of microbes such as Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts and Enterococcus faecalis
  • Uses a combination of ultrafiltration and dielectrophoretic separation techniques versus available single method technology
  • Ability to separate live from non-viable microbes, thereby decreasing the chances of generating false-positive PCR results due to the presence of naked nucleic acid or non-viable microbes
  • Accurately assess low levels of pathogens in finished drinking water samples, whether due to natural or intentional contamination

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