Program for international biodetection conference announced

The program for the Knowledge Foundation's 16th Biodetection Technologies conference has officially been revealed.

The conference, which will take place from June 17 to June 18, will be held at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, Va, is internationally recognized for bringing experts in biological and chemical threat detection and identification together to explore research and development advances.

The conference will also examine ready-to-market systems for major biothreat detection, identification and analysis in both the field and at the point-of-care.

Last year's conference in Baltimore was attended by more than 140 leading organizations from around the world.

They keynote address at this year's conference will be presented by Dr. Michael V. Walter, a BioWatch Program Manager at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Walter is expected to discuss lessons learned from technological problems, the current status of BioWatch Gen-3 sensor-type technologies and plans for Gen-4 advanced systems.

Program topics at the two-day convention will be point-of-care application for pathogen, virus and threat detection and identification, technological challenges for rapid, early, specific and sensitive detection and the use of bioinformatics for biodefense.

Other program topics will be field deployable devices and their portability, compatibility, reliability and scalability, reagentless versus reagent biodetection systems, non-PCR versus PCR based detection techniques and the use of biochip technology involving microfluidics and nanofluidics.