U.S. Army issues solicitation for bacteria detection technology

The U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity is seeking technology to improve upon available field tests to rapidly identify coliform bacteria and Escherichia coli in water, according to a recently released solicitation.

USAMRAA, which is part of the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity, is looking to improve upon currently available technology that requires water samples to be incubated for up to 24 hours before bacterial detection. According to the solicitation, USAMMDA seeks to identify new technology that will reduce analysis time and improve other operational characteristics.

The U.S. Army Preventive Medicine personnel would use the new technology to analyze treated and untreated water.

The Army seeks technology that is compatible with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reference methods, able to detect one coliform or E. coli bacteria in 100 milliliters of water in 12 hours or less, less than 42 pounds in weight and able to be used after minimal operator training.

The solicitation seeks a response by March 10.

USAMMDA, which is located at Fort Detrick, Md., develops new vaccines, drugs and medical support devices that enhance readiness, maximize the survival of medical casualties on the battlefield and ensure the highest quality medical care to the U.S. Department of Defense.

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