Idaho Technology launches training kit for its biothreat detection system

Idaho Technology, Inc. recently launched a new training kit for its RAZOR EX BioThreat Detection System.

The Razor Stimulant Training Kit - SIM 10 - intends to provide functional training for RAZOR and RAZOR Ex operators. The SIM 10 Kit has the same format as The 10 Target Screen Kit so it can be used with minimal adjustment.

SIM 10 contains assays for yeast and Bacillus globigii, which are frequently used as powder or anthrax stimulants in training exercises.

The training kit allows RAZOR trainees to practice sample collection and preparation, including pouch loading and RAZOR or RAZOR EX operation, and data analysis.

The RAZOR EX system is a portable bioagent detection system that uses PCR technology. It weighs 11 pounds and operates with freeze-dried reagents. It can have results ready in approximately 30 minutes.

Since it requires minimal preparation, the RAZOR EX system can be used in multiple environments by the military, hazmat, first responders or private security. It can detect 10 Centers for Disease Control Category A and B agents, including anthrax, brucella, C. botulinum, coxiella, E. coli 0157, tularemia, ricin, salmonella, smallpox and plague.

“First responders are called upon frequently to respond to white powder threats, and they need the best equipment with proper training to effectively respond and make good, timely decisions," Rachel Jones, Idaho Technology’s vice-president of marketing and sales, said. "The SIM 10 Kit provides the training they need to make these decisions in response to credible biological threats.”