ARLINGTON, Va., 6 May 2008. ICx Technologies, a developer of advanced sensor technologies for homeland security, force protection, and commercial applications, has won a $4.9 million Phase IIb research-and-development contract under >the Department of Homeland Security
The objective of Phase IIb is to finish prototype development for a system that will be able to detect and identify a list of 10 bioterrorism threats, including bacteria, viruses, and toxins, all with a response time of 15 minutes or less.
The process is automated and includes the efficient extraction of DNA and RNA from an environmental sample, purification of the DNA/RNA, amplification via multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques, and identification of the threat-specific DNA sequences. The platform can also concurrently perform immunoassays to detect toxins in less than 10 minutes.