Teams selected to compete in Phase 2 of the challenge will be required to complete the following milestones prior to evaluation:
Milestone 1: Obtain USDA-APHIS Permit Approval
The lab to which the samples will be provided has an USDA-APHIS transport permit that allows for the receiving and handling of prion-infected materials. USDA-ARS and USDA-APHIS will provide information as needed for obtaining a lab permit if a team does not already have a permit. The instructions on how to obtain a lab permit can be found here.
Milestone 2: Successfully Complete Proof-of-Concept with CWD Positive Samples (Proof-of-Concept) The prototype correctly discriminated between samples obtained from healthy deer and deer with late-stage CWD infection.
Phase 2 final evaluation will be based on the following criteria (100 points possible):
Preliminary Sensitivity and Specificity