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PositiveID Wins Contract to Support Biothreat Detection Research

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – PositiveID today announced it has signed a contract to support work being conducted by UTC Aerospace Systems' ISR & Space Systems unit to detect biological threats for the US Department of Defense.

UTC Aerospace has a contract with DoD covering the agency's Joint US Forces Korea Portal and Integrated Threat Recognition (JUPITR) Program, aimed at protecting US military and its allies from biological threats. JUPITR will test and evaluate PositiveID's technology called Microfluidic Bioagent Autonomous Networked Detector (M-BAND) as part of the Delray Beach, Fla.-based firm's contract with UTC Aerospace, which is expected to run between March and September.

M-BAND continuously analyzes air samples to detect biological airborne threats in the form of bacteria, viruses, and toxins. JUPITR will evaluate the technology's baseline performance, reliability, maintainability, ease of use, and costs "to provide the 'best of breed' and most affordable options for the US Army and US Air Force," Positive ID said.

Financial and other terms of PositiveID's contract with UTC Aerospace were not disclosed.