Positive ID, SAIC partner for DTRA contracts

Positive ID Corporation, the makers of advanced airborne biodetectors, recently announced plans to partner with Science Applications International Corporation to pursue a series of U.S. Defense Department contracts.

The companies signed a teaming agreement to develop technologies for the DOD's Defense Advanced Threat Reduction Agency to support programs aimed at reducing the danger posed by weapons of mass destruction, according to 4-Traders.com.

Positive ID said the agreement will combine its knowledge of biothreat detection with SAIC's system engineering and integration capabilities. As part of the deal, Positive ID will offer SAIC both its Dragonfly cartridge-based detection system and its microfluidics-based M-BAND networked detector.

"We are very pleased to team with SAIC through this agreement, and demonstrate the value and capabilities of our Dragonfly and M-BAND technologies," William Caragol, Positive ID's chairman and CEO, said, 4-Traders.com.

DragonFly delivers molecular diagnostic results from a sample in less than 30 minutes and is being developed to detect radiation-induced cell damage in human bodies, influenza strains, and other pathogens and diseases, including E. coli and methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus.

M-BAND is a bioaerosol monitor with integrated systems with sample collection, processing and detection modules capable of continuously analyzing air samples. Positive ID says the system can detect bacteria, viruses, and toxins in as little as two hours, according to GenomeWeb.com.