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PathSensors Awarded Contract From U.S. DHS
December 15, 2015
Baltimore biotech company awarded contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Baltimore, MD – November 4, 2015, – The UM BioPark-based PathSensors, Inc. has been awarded a new firm fixed price contract through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the design and development of a CANARY® detection system for biosecurity. The focus of phase I of this research contract will be on the development of biosensors for Abrin and Ebola. The research supported by this contract will further enhance the robustness of the CANARY® technology opening up a broad range of deployment opportunities for quick and accurate detection of harmful pathogens.
“We are proud to work with the Department of Homeland security on this research contract.” says PathSensors President Ted Olsen. “We are excited for the opportunity to enhance the PathSensors technology to protect more Americans from potential bioterrorism threats.”
About PathSensors, Inc.
PathSensors Inc., a biotech company headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland has developed and commercialized MIT-LL technology enabling the highly reliable identification of airborne and liquid-based pathogens. PathSensors currently offers the Zephyr and BioFlash systems to provide the rapid and highly reliable identification of airborne, liquid and surface-based pathogens. Government organizations and industry currently use these systems for monitoring, detection and identification of pathogens in biosecurity, mail screening, food processing, agriculture and environmental testing. PathSensors is privately held.
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- Resilience, and
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