Two companies have combined their products and created Mail Safe Check, a diagnostic tool to test incoming mail for pathogens.
Boston-based BioDefense Corp. manufactures MailDefender, a device that kills anthrax and other dangerous substances that might be concealed in office mail. It combines ultraviolet, microwave and high frequency energy to neutralize dangerous pathogens.
Biotest Laboratories of Minneapolis uses its microbial management system to ensure that any pathogens found in incoming mail are neutralized.
"Application of these same principles is the core of Mail Safe Check to identify various attack organisms or toxins and potentially predict what biological weapon may be used by terrorists and where such an attack could occur," said Gregg Mosley, founder and president of Biotest Laboratories.