1st Detect awarded gain control patent

1st Detect Corp. was awarded a U.S. patent for gain control technology on their mass spectrometers, the company announced on Thursday.

According to the announcement, this technology allows the miniaturization of current mass spectrometers, and it allows the same flexibility to analyze a wide range of compounds. Many of these required large spectrometers due to this limitation, prior to the technology being developed.

“We are pleased that the USPTO has allowed this patent as it enables 1st Detect to significantly expand the number of applications and customers that we can address with our ion trap technology," Bob Kibler, CEO of 1st Detect, said. “Applications for this patent will enable 1st Detect to target markets traditionally not addressable by miniature mass spectrometers, including airports and the military, as well as pharmaceutical and beverage quality control.”

In the announcement the company states that laboratory performance spectrometry is now available in a smaller sizes. This allows more applicable use in situations that would be non-conducive or make it impossible to use traditional, full-sized spectrometers, such as in security and industrial sectors. The device is able to detect food and drink contaminants.

“The technology protected by this patent demonstrates our ability to develop novel methods to respond to our customers’ requirements without adding complexity or cost,” James Wylde, the inventor of the novel technology and VP of business development for 1st Detect, said.

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