Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

908 Devices Awarded DoD Contract Worth up to $11.5M

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Miniature mass spectrometry firm 908 Devices on Tuesday announced that it has received a contract worth up to $11.5 million from the US Department of Defense's Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to develop new chemical detection devices.

Under the contract, the company will combine its proprietary high-pressure mass spectrometry (HPMS) technology, which uses miniaturized ion traps that allow the device to operate at higher pressures than standard mass spectrometers, with gas chromatography in order to create a small, lightweight device that can be used to detect chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive threats.

908 Devices said that it will perform work under the DTRA contract with researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including those who initially developed the HPMS technology, as well as other commercial entities.

"We believe the development of new product variants based on our core HPMS technology platform will play a key role in the future of threat detection and strengthen mission support," 908 Devices President and CEO Kevin Knopp said in a statement.

The Scan

Machine Learning Helps ID Molecular Mechanisms of Pancreatic Islet Beta Cell Subtypes in Type 2 Diabetes

The approach helps overcome limitations of previous studies that had investigated the molecular mechanisms of pancreatic islet beta cells, the authors write in their Nature Genetics paper.

Culture-Based Methods, Shotgun Sequencing Reveal Transmission of Bifidobacterium Strains From Mothers to Infants

In a Nature Communications study, culture-based approaches along with shotgun sequencing give a better picture of the microbial strains transmitted from mothers to infants.

Microbial Communities Can Help Trees Adapt to Changing Climates

Tree seedlings that were inoculated with microbes from dry, warm, or cold sites could better survive drought, heat, and cold stress, according to a study in Science.

A Combination of Genetics and Environment Causes Cleft Lip

In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers investigate what combination of genetic and environmental factors come into play to cause cleft lip/palate.