This technology has the potential to greatly enhance the ability of law enforcement and the military to detect chemical and explosive threats by increasing the accuracy of chemical detection by orders of magnitude.
Austin, TX (Vocus) March 4, 2010
1st Detect Corporation announced today it is the recipient of a $1.8 million investment from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF). The investment will go toward commercialization of 1st Detect’s portable mass spectrometer, used to detect residues and vapors from a wide range of chemicals, including explosives, chemical warfare agents, toxic chemicals, and volatile organic compounds.
“Now more than ever, companies are looking to Texas as the best state in the nation to foster and grow innovative technologies thanks to our skilled and educated workforce and investments from the TETF,” Gov. Perry said. “This investment in 1st Detect will help make the detection of harmful substances more accurate and cost efficient, and will be an important tool for a variety of industries, from security to medicine.”
1st Detect Corporation was initially formed by Astrotech Corporation to commercialize miniature-mass spectrometer technology first developed for the International Space Station. 1st Detect created the Miniature Chemical Detector (MCD), a product that revolutionizes the chemical detection market by combining the performance of a mass spectrometer in a small, easily portable package. The broadband nature of the instrument, as well as the extreme performance provided by the ion trap architecture, makes the 1st Detect MCD an ideal detection tool for a variety of applications, including security, healthcare and industrial markets.
"With this investment from the TETF, we will be able to continue developing a technology that has the potential to make a great impact in the safety of our troops and our nation," said John Porter, Chief Executive Officer for the Company. “This technology has the potential to greatly enhance the ability of law enforcement and the military to detect chemical and explosive threats by increasing the accuracy of chemical detection by orders of magnitude.”
The commercialization award will be used to finalize product design of the chemical detector and market it to the security, healthcare, and industrial sectors. 1st Detect plans on converting their early prototype into a working field model that can be deployed in a wide variety of applications. 1st Detect is currently partnered with The University of North Texas, which will supply expertise in product miniaturization, as well as developmental testing support.
About 1st Detect Corporation
1st Detect Corporation was initially formed by Astrotech Corporation (Nasdaq: ASTC) to commercialize miniature-mass spectrometer technology first developed for the International Space Station (ISS). 1st Detect offers the Miniature Chemical Detector, a breakthrough device in mass spectrometry that fills a niche by being highly accurate, lightweight, portable, durable and inexpensive. The 1st Detect ion trap based design is roughly the size of a shoe box, weighs approximately 15 pounds, and can be operated with battery power. Additionally, the Miniature Chemical Detector is capable of detecting residues and vapors from explosives, chemical warfare agents, toxic chemicals, food and beverage contamination, illicit drugs and pollution. It is also very sensitive, accurate, and fast which provides orders of magnitude better informing power than competing products. For more information about 1st Detect, please see our website at http://www.1stDetect.com
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