Idaho Technology, Inc., a privately held Salt Lake City-based biotechnology company, announced on Wednesday that it has delivered the first shipment of a biothreat detection kit to the Critical Reagents Program.
The RAZOR CRP BioThreat-X Kits will be supplied to the U.S. military. The kit is the first Department of Defense system that is able to test for 10 biothreat agents at one time in the field. The results of the test are available in 30 minutes.
“Idaho Technology is fully committed to collaborating with the US military to enhance its biological threat detection capabilities in support of the warfighter, and this project is a good example of the many joint efforts between Idaho Technology and the US government,” Kirk Ririe, the CEO of Idaho Technology, said.
The kit contains polymerase chain reaction assays that are developed in DoD laboratories. The assays are then packaged and freeze-dried in a patented pouch system designed to run on the kit’s platform. The RAZOR CRP BioThreat-X Kit also includes a PCR inhibition control and amplification control to confirm proper operation of the system. The kit was developed at the direction of the CRP as part of an 18 month joint effort. The kit will be available for purchase by agencies cleared through the CRP catalogue.