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Company Information:

Name: Polestar Technologies, Inc.
Address: 220 Reservoir Street, Suite 3
Needham Hgts, MA 02494-3133
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
Phone: (781) 449-2284

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,714,225.84 30
SBIR Phase II $9,189,034.00 15
STTR Phase I $199,240.00 2

Award List:

Real-Time Optical Sensors for Maintaining Microbial Quality

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jiangnan Liu
Award Amount: $69,886.00

In Situ Metal Ion Sensors for Monitoring and Control of Nutrient Solutions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jiangnan Liu
Award Amount: $69,898.00

Real-Time Optical Sensors for Maintaining Microbial Quality

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jiangnan Liu
Award Amount: $599,468.00
Abstract:
The proposed innovation is to apply unique optical fiber sensing elements and optical transduction principles to the early detection of microbial fouling. Critical to monitoring and maintaining the quality of recycled waters and assessing the effectiveness of new methods is the development of sensor… More

In Situ Metal Ion Sensors for Monitoring and Control of Nutrient Solutions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Jiangnan Liu
Award Amount: $599,709.00
Abstract:
This Phase I proposal addresses the need to develop in situ, multi- element sensor arrays for nutrient solution analysis. Various macrocycle compounds have been shown to uniquely complex metal ions. The innovation is to use chromogenic macrocycle compounds, which are currently under development, and… More

New Automated Protein Crystallization Apparatus

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Douglas Collins
Award Amount: $98,004.00
Abstract:
Advances in the modern understanding and control of biological systems have been richly informed bystructure information at the scale of interatomic distances. In human health, the impact of moleculaorganismic dysfunction, e.g., genetic, metabolic, hematologic, and other disease, is strongly… More

Development of Non-Invasive Deep Tissue pH Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Mary Beth Tabacco,
Award Amount: $69,466.00

Compact Carbon-Dioxide Sensor For Celss And Life Sciences Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: M. B. Tabacco , Manager
Award Amount: $69,700.00

Development of Non-Invasive Deep Tissue pH Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Mary Beth Tabacco,
Award Amount: $583,856.00
Abstract:
Tissue pH is a good indicator of the poor blood flow/poor oxygenation condition called ischemia, and can be used to assess tissue viability. Polestar Technologies, Inc. proposes a program to develop a non-invasive tissue pH sensor and monitoring system which utilizes the intrinsic light absorbing… More

BIOLOGICALS--PROPAGATING THEIR X RAY DIFFRACTION PHASES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $94,616.00

HPYLORI BREATH TEST WITH INFRARED SPECTRAL DETECTION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,887.00

Infrared Hollow Waveguide Organic Solvent Analyzer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ronald H. Michaels , Manager
Award Amount: $73,288.00

BIOLOGICALS--SOLUTION OF X-RAY DIFFRACTION PHASE PROBLEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,830.00

Infrared Hollow Waveguide Organic Solvent Analyzer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ronald H. Michaels , Manager
Award Amount: $749,929.00
Abstract:
40958 November 19, 1996 Polestar Technologies, Inc. An instrument that can rapidly analyze soil samples in order to identify and quantify organic containments is needed for environmental monitoring and cleanup. This project will develop a portable… More

GLUCOSE INDICATOR FOR IN SITU BIOREACTOR MONITORING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Kane, james a
Award Amount: $99,830.00
Abstract:
The goal of this Small Business Innovation Research project is to demonstrate a fluorescent glucose-indicator chemistry with high thermal stability for construction of an in situ optical glucose sensor to monitor the culture medium of continuous process bioreactors. The specific binding properties.… More

OXYGEN OPTRODE FOR CONTINUOUS PROCESSING BIOREACTORS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Kane, james a
Award Amount: $99,970.00
Abstract:
A Small Business Research (SBIR) project is proposed for development of an improved optical oxygen sensor for dissolved oxygen monitoring in the cell culture medium of continuous process bioreactors. The improved oxygen monitor will enable reliable long-term control of oxygen levels in continuous… More

SBIR Phase I: Portable NO2 Monitor Based on Photoacoustic Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Ronald Micheels
Award Amount: $74,477.00

Optical Oxygen Sensor For Dissolved Oxygen Monitoring In Bioreactors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James A. Kane , SENIOR SCIENTIST
Award Amount: $69,868.00

Non-Invasive Hematocrit Monitor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Ronald H. Micheels
Award Amount: $97,998.00
Abstract:
This Phase I SBIR project will develop a high-precision, non-Invasive instrument for monitoring hematocrit. There exists a need to have an automated, continuous, and non-Invasive method of measuring hematocrit directly on the patient as a way to gauge blood loss of trauma victims and to evaluate the… More

Portable NO2 Monitor Based on Photoacoustic Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Ronald Micheels
Award Amount: $399,868.00

SBIR Phase I: Real Time Measurement of Dissolved Carbon Dioxide in the Bioreactor System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: James Kane
Award Amount: $99,980.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $749,989.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Kane james a
Award Amount: $735,161.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: James Kane
Award Amount: $99,807.00

AUTOCLAVABLE SENSOR FOR IN SITU BIOREACTOR MONITORING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: James A. Kane
Award Amount: $99,923.00
Abstract:
Not Available The goal of this project is to define and pursue novel SAR processing techniques to exploit the phase history data to the full potential. Essex plans to augment traditional SAR processing capabilities by extending the resolution and bandwidth via a coherent combination of multiband,… More

Novel Detection Interface for Gas Chromatography/Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopic Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: EPA
Principal Investigator: Ronald Micheels
Award Amount: $69,985.00
Abstract:
Polestar Technologies, Inc., proposes to develop a field-portable gas chromatography/ Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (GC/FTIR) instrument that is based on a novel infrared detection interface for the hyphenated GC/FTIR analysis technique. The new GC/FTIR interface will have substantial… More

High Resolution, Low Cost Small Animal PET Imager

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James A. Kane, Vice President, Operations
Award Amount: $99,990.00
Abstract:
65685 A deeper understanding of microbial processes and their physiological status in various soils and pore structures is needed in order to optimize bioremediation process. However, it is difficult to determine the influence of physical and/or geochemical forces on the efficiency of… More

IN-SITU CELL DENSITY MONITOR FOR BIOREACTORS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Ronald H. Micheels
Award Amount: $99,970.00
Abstract:
In the Phase I program, an optically based instrument will be developed for in-situ monitoring of cell density in bioreactors used for manufacturing biopharmaceuticals. The cell density monitor employs a novel design integrating recent advances in opto-electronic technology to provide a… More

Fuel Tank Ullage Oxygen Sensor for Live-Fire Ballistic Testing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James A. Kane, Vice President, Operation
Award Amount: $99,989.00
Abstract:
The proposed research will investigate the development of a new optical oxygen monitor for aircraft fuel tanks. A new chemically resistant sensing membrane is described which, when the used with fluorescence lifetime quenching, is expected to provide arobust, lightweight system capable of inherently… More

IN SITU OPTICAL ANALYZER FOR COMPONENTS IN BIOREACTORS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Ronald H. Micheels
Award Amount: $102,964.00
Abstract:
An optically based instrument for in-situ analysis of multiple chemical components in bioreactors will be developed and applied to monitor key components in hybridoma cell fermentation processed used for producing monoclonal antibodies. Monoclonal antibodies have become valuable agents for new… More

Inexpensive Submersible Long-Term Dissolved Oxygen Recorder

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: James A. Kane, Vice President
Award Amount: $74,991.00
Abstract:
Polestar Technologies, Inc. proposes a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research project to demonstrate the feasibility of a compact optical monitor for continuous dissolved oxygen monitoring in areas at risk of eutrophication induced hypoxia and anoxia. The proposed monitor will facilitate the… More

Inexpensive Submersible Long-Term Dissolved Oxygen Recorder

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: James A. Kane, VP, Operations
Award Amount: $299,738.00
Abstract:
Polestar Technologies, Inc. proposes a Phase II SBIR Project to complete the development of an inexpensive compact optical system for continuous dissolved oxygen monitoring in areas at risk of eutrophication induced by hypoxia and anoxia. The proposed monitor will facilitate the development of… More

Cell Density Monitor in Disposable Bag MoAb Bioreactors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Ronald H. Micheels
Award Amount: $86,570.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): There is a need for an in-situ cell density monitor to provide continuous measurement of mammalian cell density inside of disposable, pre-sterilized bag bioreactors which have become an important new type of cell culture vessel for the production of monoclonal… More

Inexpensive Ethylene Monitor for Use with Perishable Commodities

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: James A. Kane
Award Amount: $79,892.00
Abstract:
The exposure of perishable commodities to even modest levels of ethylene is known to significantly affect the quality and appearance of the product resulting in a reduction of shelf life and market value. A Phase I project is proposed which will demonstrate the feasibility of an innovative, low cost… More

Multi-component In Situ Chemical Analyzer for Cell Culture Processes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Ronald H. Micheels
Award Amount: $99,791.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): There is a need for an in-situ multiple component chemical analyzer to provide periodic measurement of key nutrients and products in mammalian cell culture processes which are conducted in a variety of reactor vessels i ncluding roller bottles, T-flasks, shake… More

Self-Tracking and Reconnaissance of Explosives (STARE): A New Technology for Protection Against Suicide Bombers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Ranganathan Shashidhar, Senior Vice President
Award Amount: $749,888.00
Abstract:
The objective of this program is to develop a stand-off detection system with a combined detection and chemical identification capability needed to detect and identify explosives hidden by a suicide bomber under his/her clothes. We aim to develop this unique system by fusing two orthogonal… More

Hybrid Silicon Chip For Detection of Explosives In Waste Water

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: R. Shashidhar, Senior Vice-President
Award Amount: $742,652.00
Abstract:
The aim of this DARPA Adoption SBIR Phase II Proposal is to develop a hybrid silicon-based chip by integrating the two types of sensor arrays - electrochemical and molecular recognition sensor array. We will design and fabricate the first prototype chip with separate stand-alone electronics and… More

Inexpensive Ethylene Monitor for Use with Perishable Commodities

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: James A. Kane, Vice President
Award Amount: $350,000.00
Abstract:
The Phase II effort is to be conducted to complete the development of a new ethylene monitor with a detection limit at or below critical levels for storage of perishable commodities. The research effort will help with the development of a new ethylene monitor for use with control systems to regulate… More

Short Wavelength IR Imaging for Presence of Explosives (SWIPE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ranganathan Shashidhar, Senior Vice President
Award Amount: $749,631.00
Abstract:
The objective of this program is to develop a stand-off detection system with a combined detection and chemical identification capability needed to detect and identify explosives hidden by a suicide bomber under his/her clothes. We aim to develop this unique system by fusing two orthogonal… More

Engineered nanometric architectures or conductive matrices for efficient electron coupling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Rutgers University
Principal Investigator: Ranganathan Shashidhar, Senior Vice President
Award Amount: $99,624.00
RI Contact: Huixin He
Abstract:
The overall objective of this program is to develop an effective means for integrating enzymes onto an electrode in order to improve electron transfer and enzyme loading and stability. The approach is based on conformably coating a layer of functional polymer onto an arrayed multi-walled carbon… More

Noninvasive CO2 Sensor for Controlling Ventilation of Combat Casualties

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: James Kane, Vice President
Award Amount: $69,734.00
Abstract:
Polestar Technologies, Inc. proposes a Phase I SBIR project for the development of a new transcutaneous CO2 sensor to address the need for a noninvasive sensor that is capable of providing reads with the accuracy required for controlling mechanical ventilation during ambulatory care. The new sensor… More

Noninvasive CO2 Sensor for Controlling Ventilation of Combat Casualties

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James Kane, Vice President – (781) 449-2284
Award Amount: $729,606.00
Abstract:
Polestar Technologies, Inc. proposes a Phase II SBIR project to complete the development of a unique rapid response transcutaneous CO2 sensor to address the need for a noninvasive sensor that is capable of providing the type of rapid accurate readings required to effectively control mechanical… More

Portable Imager for Stand-off Detection of Person-Bourne Bulk Military and Homemade Explosives

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Ranganathan Shashidhar
Award Amount: $149,280.84
Abstract:
The overall goal of this SBIR proposal is to develop a portable system for stand-off detection of concealed explosives. The system will produce images showing the presence of the explosives and have the ability to detect and identify different types of military explosives (like TNT, RDX, PETN) as… More

Dip and Read Nanosensor for Calcium Ion Measurement in Sea Water

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Ranganathan Shashidhar – (781) 449-2284
Award Amount: $94,684.00
Abstract:
The topic (8.2.2R) requires the capability for enabling high sensitive/high precision measurements of calcium concentrates in seawater. The proposal aims to demonstrate the feasibility of a novel high sensitive nanosensor that can be used to determine very low concentrations of calcium in seawater… More

Enhanced Charge Transfer in Biological Molecules on Nanostructured Electrode Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: Rutgers University
Principal Investigator: Yufeng Ma, Senior Scientist – (781) 449-2284
Award Amount: $99,616.00
RI Contact: Professor H. He
Abstract:
The overall objective of this program is to enhance significantly charge transfer from biological molecules to nanostructured electrode surfaces. To achieve this objective, we plan to use combination of three approaches: 1) Develop an effective means for integrating the biological molecules onto the… More

Portable Imager for Stand-off Detection of Person-Bourne Bulk Military and Homemade Explosives

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DHS
Principal Investigator: Ranganathan Shashidhar
Award Amount: $749,762.00
Abstract:
Title: Portable Imager for Stand-off Detection of Person-borne Bulk Military and Homemade Explosives. The overall goal of this SBIR proposal is to develop a portable system for stand-off detection of concealed explosives. The system will produce images positively identifying the presence… More

Dip and Read Nanosensor for Calcium Ion Measurements in Sea Water

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOC / NOAA
Principal Investigator: Ranganathan Shashidhar, Ph.D, Senior Vice President – (781) 449-2284
Award Amount: $399,777.00
Abstract:
This topic requires the capability for enabling high sensitivity/high precision measurements of calcium concentrates in seawater. This proposal aims to demonstrate the feasibility of a novel high sensitive nanosensor that can be used to determine very low concentrations of calcium in seawater in the… More

Sensitive and Selective Chemical Sensor Using Molecularly-Imprinted Single Layer Graphene

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: Yufeng Ma, Senior Scientist – (781) 449-2284
Award Amount: $99,957.00
Abstract:
Polestar Technologies Inc. proposes a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research project to develop a chemical sensor for detection of chemical-warfare agents. The designed sensor combines selectivity of Molecularly-Imprinted Polymer (MIP) with sensitivity of single-layer graphene sheet. Detection… More