NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Roughly one year after launching its flagship M908 miniature mass spectrometry device, 908 Devices announced this week that it has placed eight of the handheld units with the State of Massachusetts' Hazardous Materials Emergency Response division.

The financial terms of the arrangement were not disclosed. However, a company official confirmed the M908 devices cost approximately $50,000 apiece, giving the deal a potential value of $400,000.

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