MRIGlobal wins DOD contract to test capital region for CBRN agents

The non-profit research organization MRIGlobal recently announced that it was awarded a $17.9 million contract by the U.S. Department of Defense to provide sampling and analysis support for biological threat agent detection.

The five year contract was issued by the Pentagon's Force Protection Agency and is considered a continuation of the services MRIGlobal has provided over the last decade, according to

Under the contracts terms the organization will deliver sampling, logistical and analytical support to the agency's Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives Directorate Laboratory Analysis and Collections Program.

MRIGlobal has regularly collected and analyzed environmental samples from facilities and locations near Washington, D.C. The samples are analyzed using immunological and molecular methods at laboratories located on the Pentagon Reservation and at the organization's regional facility.

"This work is part of the critical frontline in protecting the nation from a biological threat." MRIGlobal's president and CEO, Michael Helmstetter, said, reports. "This award recognizes our expertise and ten years of uninterrupted 7-to-24 service in the analysis of environmental samples from the nation's capital region."

The Pentagon Force Protection Agency is the civilian law enforcement agency responsible for guarding the Pentagon and related DOD personnel and facilities from an attack using CBRN weapons.

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