1st Detect's mass spectrometer enters second testing phase

1st Detect Corp.'s mass spectrometer technology has entered the second phase of testing as a part of the military's Next Generation Chemical Detector (NGCD) development program, it announced Tuesday.

The device is a multi-sample identifier, according to the company, and is able to produce laboratory quality spectrometry results in a portable fashion. They state it is able to detect various chemicals and could have applications in defense against chemical warfare agents, toxic chemicals or even finding contamination in food and beverages. The device would also be applicable in industrial, research, health care and other markets.

“Reaching this second phase of the NGCD project is a vote of confidence in the viability of 1st Detect’s mass spectrometer detection solution," Thomas Pickens, CEO of 1st Detect's parent company Astrotech, said. "It provides us with an inimitable opportunity to refine the solution in a way that will meet the challenging needs of our military and effectively save lives. We are working in close collaboration with our key partner Battelle to validate and refine our joint detection solution, and we’ll continue to leverage their elaborate biological and chemical defense expertise to advance the solution to the final phase with the government."