Biodetection Technologies conference slated for end of the month

International experts in the biological and chemical threat detection field will convene at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C., from June 23 to June 24 for the 18th Biodetection Technologies conference presented by the Knowledge Foundation.

The event brings together experts to explore the latest research and development ideas and ready-to-market systems for biothreat detection, analysis and identification both at the point-of-care and in the field. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Peter Emanuel, the BioScience division chief at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, who will reveal results from a survey commissioned by the Department of Defense on chemical, biological and radiological threat detection technologies.

Topics to be discussed at the high-level symposium include challenges for rapid, early, specific and sensitive detection; bioinformatics for biodefense; the role of nanotechnology and system miniaturization; field-deployable devices; point-of-care applications for pathogen, virus and threat detection and identification; and technologies advances in detection and identification of biological threats.

Distinguished faculty that will be in attendance of the event include David Almassian from Tetracore, Inc.; Amos Danielli of Washington University in St. Louis; Robert Haushalter from Parallel Synthesis Technologies; Shanmuga Sozhamannan of Naval Medical Research Center; and Yi-Wei Tang from Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The Knowledge Foundation is an organization that integrates scientific ingenuity and real-world applications by fostering collaborative research at the fast changing intersection of science and business. The group provides wider exposure to developments in the emerging fields of nanotechnology, alternative energy and chemical/biological detection technologies.