Biodetection Technologies Conference set for June 24

The 18th Biodetection Technologies Conference, an internationally recognized event for experts in detection and identification of biological and chemical threats, will be held on June 24 in Washington, D.C.

The event will explore the latest R&D developments and ready-to-market systems for major biothreat identification, biothreat detection and analysis both at the point-of-care and in the field.

The conference will be held at the Marriot Wardman Park and will feature Dr. Peter Emanuel as the keynote speaker.

Emanuel is the bioscience division chief at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center.

During his address, Emanuel will discuss the results of a 2011 biosurveillance hardware systems survey. The survey targeted systems that have applicability in assessing human exposure to chemical, biological and radiological agents. It focused on information on commercially available and maturing diagnostic and identification/detection products that have technology readiness levels from TLR 4 to TLR 9, not including basic research concepts.

Emanuel will examine the findings of the survey and what it might mean for interagency needs for the purchase of technology in the future.

Other topics that will be discussed at the conference include bioinformatics for biodefense; challenges for rapid, early, specific and sensitive detection; and technological advances in detection and identification of biological threats.