Using Cogent's application-specific integrated circuit, including its pattern-recognition algorithm, ANP has built a detection system for the identification and quantification of biological agents, including B. anthracis spores and botulinum toxin, as well as biomarkers of certain diseases. Cogent also provides integration of automated data management and data mining software.
The detection system will be used by Department of Defense programs and agencies such as the Joint Service Water Monitor program, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and the
ANP, a nanobiotechnology company and contractor for the US Army, is based in Newark, Del. Cogent is located in South Pasadena, Calif.