Sandia Labs trio honored for anthrax-detection device

Sandia National Laboratories scientists, from left, Jason Harper, Melissa Finley and Thayne Edwards display a BaDx anthrax detector. The trio were recognized by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for their work in commercializing the BaDx technology. | Courtesy of Sandia Labs

Three Sandia Labs scientists from Sandia National Laboratories won the Federal Laboratory Consortium's (FLC) 2015 Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer for developing an anthrax-detection device that is about the size of a credit card, Sandia Labs said Thursday.

Bacillus anthracis Diagnostics (BaDx) has the ability to work where there is no power, lab equipment or refrigerated storage, and doesn't require extensive training to operate.

The award recognized Sandia Labs scientists Thayne Edwards, Melissa Finley and Jason Harper.

“It has been a remarkable experience to not only work with a Sandia research team in developing cool technology, but also with dedicated business partners to transfer that technology to,” Edwards said. “The awards that have recognized these efforts are another reminder to me of the great people I get to work with and the reward of solving difficult problems together.”

FLC's Award for Excellence recognizes employees of its member laboratories who have worked to advance and develop technology.

“Sandia’s BaDx technology-transfer recognition was one of only three selected across all of the Department of Energy laboratories for successful technology development and deployment,” Jackie Kerby Moore, Sandia's manager of technology and economic development and the representative to the FLC, said. “It is very satisfying to be recognized by our peers.”