New bioweapon detector showcased

Universal Detection Technology has demonstrated its latest development in bioweapon technology at the 2009 Milipol Conference, a five-agent biodetection handheld assay.

"There are bio-weapon monitoring tools immediately available for public and private entities, easy to implement and cost effective," Jacques Tizabi, CEO of Universal Detection Technology, said. "Universal Detection Technology's biodetection kits are the first step in meeting the needs of bioterrorism prevention and planning."

UNDT, which develops early-warning monitoring technologies to protect against bioterrorism and other infectious health threats, showcased its TS-10-5 biodetector, which boasts no setup time, no decontamination requirements and no false negatives or false positives.

Earlier this year, UNDT's biodetection kits were certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as an "Approved Product for Homeland Security." The kits are currently the only hand-held assay designed to both detect and identify up to five separate threats with only one sample.

The kits provide first responders with an effective tool for rapid onsite detection for anthrax, ricin, botulinum toxin, plague and Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B. Detection time by the kits takes less than three minutes.

"Bio-weapon detection should be a top priority for all public entities, because for terrorists, [bio-weapons] can be purchased or engineered at relatively low costs, can induce mass casualties and are oftentimes undetected by on-the-ground law enforcement," Tizabi said.