Biodetection Technologies conference kicks off

The 16th Biodetection Technologies conference will kick off today in Arlington, Virginia, hosting more than 100 companies on the cutting edge of anti-terror technologies and detection systems.

The internationally recognized event, reports, will explore the latest research developments for the identification and detection of biological and chemical threats. It will also look at ready-for-market devices to be used in biothreat detection.

U.S. Homeland Security program manager Dr. Michael V. Walter will deliver the keynote speech at the conference and is slated to discuss the current status of BioWatch Gen-3 sensor-type technologies and plans for Gen-4 advanced systems, reports.

Point-of-care applications for pathogen, virus and threat detection, and identification will also be among the topics covered during the two-day event.

Other topics will include the use of biochip technology, the role of nanotechnology, and miniaturization and bioinformatics for biodefense. The conference will also look at the various challenges faced in rapid, early, specific and sensitive detection of bioagents. The reliability, portability and effectiveness of field-deployable bioagent detection systems will also be discussed.

Some of the 100-plus participating companies and organizations will include HS Today, 20/20 Gene Systems, A to Z of Optics, Luminex Corporation, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Naval Research Lab and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.