NRL-Developed Technology Wins First Place Ingenuity Award

7/21/2003 - 49-03w
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Patented NRL technology licensed to LifePoint, Inc., of California, was recently recognized with an Achievement in Technical Ingenuity Award for the Impact Test System, a non-invasive drug and alcohol testing system that can process results in under five minutes. The award, sponsored by UCR Connect and IEtechSource, two California economic development organizations, was presented to LifePoint, Inc, in the start-up company category.

The technology for the Impact Test System is based on NRL's flow immunosensor, a biosensor for small molecules developed by Drs. Fran Ligler, Anne Kusterbeck and Bruce Gaber of NRL's Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering.

In 1992, NRL granted Lifepoint, Inc. (then U.S. Alcohol and Testing) an exclusive right to practice then patent-pending technology for detecting drugs of abuse. Later that same year, NRL signed a cooperative research and development agreement with the company to develop drug detection instruments based on the flow immunosensor.

The resulting Impact Test System can detect up to nine drugs and alchohol from one laboratory-quality saliva sample. Other advantages include its portability, low cost of operation, rapid response and blood test accuracy using only saliva. Potential users include law enforcement agencies, industrial workplaces and medical emergency rooms.

The Impact Test System was also named as a Popular Science Top 100 Tech Innovation last December and subsequently voted the first runner-up in the magazine's Reader's Choice poll.

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