PositiveID ships M-BAND to Korean Peninsula for testing

PositiveID Corporation, a biological detection systems developer, announced on Wednesday that one of its detection systems has been sent to the Korean Peninsula for testing to protect the U.S. military.

The company's Microfluidic-based Bioagent Autonomous Networked Detector (M-BAND) was sent to the Korean Peninsula for continued testing as part of the Joint United States Forces Korea Portal and Integrated Threat Recognition (JUPITR) program. The JUPITR program, which is led by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense, seeks to provide unique biological detection capabilities for advanced Korean Peninsula biosurveillance.

"We are very proud to work with our partners and the U.S. government to evaluate M-BAND, which we believe offers more rapid and accurate biosurveillance in order to provide enhanced protection for U.S. forces in Korea," William Caragol, the chairman and CEO of PositiveID, said.

PositiveID previously announced its agreement with a large government contractor to support the JUPITR program. As part of the agreement, M-BAND will be tested and evaluated to determine the best and most affordable options for the U.S. Army and Air Force. The detection system will be evaluated for cost of operation, ease of use, maintainability, reliability and baseline performance.

Supporting organizations for JUPITR include the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and the Department of Homeland Security.