NEW YORK Sept. 15 (GenomeWeb News) – Cepheid said today that the US Postal Service has completed a successful 15-city test of its Biohazard Detection System (BDS), and would begin to deploy the system nationwide early in 2004.
This announcement, the company said, came in an interview between a USPS representative and Global Security newswire Sept. 9.
The system uses Cepheid’s DNA detection system to test the air surrounding mail handling equipment for anthrax spores, and automatically alerts officials by email.
Cepheid was originally awarded the $750,000 contract with the USPS for a pilot phase of the project in May 2002. In October 2002, Applied Biosystems announced it would be providing the reagents for the system.