Bruker Detection launches biodetection system

Bruker Detection, a leading provider in field analytical systems for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives detection, has launched its portable Toxin Detector system in North America, which can be used for field and mobile laboratories by non-expert operators.

The portable Toxin Detector, which is fully automated and can quickly identify toxins, was introduced at the American Society for Microbiology Bio-Defense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting in Washington, D.C. last week. The technology is meant to simplify and speed up the costly process of detecting bacterial and viral agents used by current systems.

The pTD system accepts solid and liquid samples and can automatically check for five toxins simultaneously using proprietary, multiplexed lab chips.

The system was co-developed with Analytik Jena AG and currently identifies the Ricin, Staphylococcus enterotoxin B and Botulinum Toxin A, B and E. Other chips to develop further toxin identifications are currently being developed.

"Unfortunately, compared to the complexity of producing and using bacteria or viruses for terror attacks, toxins are potentially easier to produce and can be a serious threat,” Frank Thibodeau, vice president of Bruker Detection Corporation, said. “With the increasing threat by toxins, the easy to use, fully automated, fast, very sensitive and fieldable pTD system is vital for homeland security and defense applications."

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