Additional funding granted for liquid crystal biothreat detector development

A federal contract with the Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center in Maryland worth $2.2 million has been awarded to Platypus Technologies to advance its development of a liquid crystal technology to detect molecular interactions on nanostructured surfaces.

The project, funded for one year, will expand the development of the sensors, which will be used in fields of applications within both military and civilian settings.

“We are pleased to be able to continue our work in developing sensor technology that will assist our military," Dr.Richard Schifreen, CEO of Platypus Technologies, said. "This funding will significantly improve our ability to develop liquid crystal-based sensors and will enable us to accelerate commercialization of these sensors for both military and commercial applications.”

More than $20 million has been given in federal funding to Platypus Technologies to develop its LC-based nanotechnology products, which can be used for infectious disease testing, homeland security, environmental monitoring and assays for the study of cell motility.

This most recent set of federal funds were secured by Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin at Platypus Technologies' request as part of the U.S. Department of Defense Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2009.

“Platypus’s sensor technology development will not only help protect our troops in the field, but will create jobs and boost the local economy here in Wisconsin. This is a project worthy of federal support,” Baldwin said.

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