PositiveID Corporation Signs Agreement With U.S. Special Operations Command
News Nov 06, 2014
PositiveID Corporation has signed a U.S. Special Operations Command Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Special Operations Research, Development, & Acquisition Center, Science & Technology Directorate, to further develop the Company's real-time PCR pathogen detection system, Firefly Dx, for use across the USSOCOM mission space.
PositiveID's Firefly Dx is a point-of-need, handheld system designed to deliver molecular diagnostic results using real-time PCR chemistry. Firefly Dx is being developed to meet the growing need in military and healthcare markets for more rapid and accurate point-of-need diagnostics that will enable hospitals, physicians, deployed military personnel, and others to save lives. Firefly Dx is designed to derive results from a sample in less than 20 minutes, at the point of need, compared to two to four hours for a laboratory-based device, which could enable accurate diagnostics leading to more rapid and effective treatment at the point of care than what is currently available or non-existent with existing systems.
The objective of this Agreement is to provide a foundation for cooperative work between USSOCOM SORDAC-ST and PositiveID to continue the development of Firefly Dx for Special Operations Force applications, and to provide enhanced operational capability to USSOCOM assets. PositiveID will receive requirements, priorities, feedback, and human factors/human systems integration support to facilitate its ability to support SOF technology needs.
William J. Caragol, Chairman and CEO of PositiveID, said, "We are very proud to work in partnership with the Department of Defense and USSOCOM to help fill their need for novel technologies and systems that can be used to safeguard those who protect our country. We intend to utilize their expert guidance as we continue to develop the prototype of Firefly Dx."
A simple blood test reliably detects signs of brain damage in people on the path to developing Alzheimer’s disease – even before they show signs of confusion and memory loss, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Germany.READ MORE