Science Applications International Corp. and biothreat detection system maker PositiveID Corp. have formed a partnership to pursue Defense Threat Reduction Agency contracts for countering weapons of mass destruction.
According to a PositiveID release, SAIC will provide its system engineering and integration offerings and PositiveID will offer both its Dragonfly diagnostic system and its Microfluidics-based Bioagent Networked Detector airborne bio-threat detector for the partnership.
“We are very pleased to team with SAIC through this agreement and demonstrate the value and capabilities of our Dragonfly and M-BAND technologies,“ said PositiveID Chairman and CEO William Caragol.
Dragonfly is designed to deliver molecular diagnostic results from a sample in less than 30 minutes and come up with potential treatment scenarios at the point of care.
PositiveID is working to increase the number of biological situations Dragonfly can function in, including radiation-induced cell damage within the human body, strains of influenza and other pathogens and diseases including E. coli, the drug-resistant staph infection known as “MRSA” and human papilloma virus.
The company developed the M-BAND for the Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology division to analyze air samples for the detection of bacteria, viruses and toxins.
Individual M-BAND results are reported via a wireless network in real time to provide statuses for fielded instruments.