The U.S. Department of Defense has recently awarded a notable contract related to the field of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defense or life science research of interest for potential applications in biodefense:
The U.S. Army Contracting Command – Warren this week announced intentions to award a sole-source contract to ANP Technologies for hand held assays in support of the Joint Chemical Biological Radiological Water Monitor (JCBRWM) system.
A 5-year firm-fixed price Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract will be awared, with a maximum quantity of 525 units.
ANP Technology, Inc., based in Delaware, has developed rapid lateral-flow immunoassays currently fielded by the US Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security for the detection of biowarfare/biothreat agents. By employing nanomanipulation techniques, the company’s Nano-Intelligent Detection/Delivery System (NIDS®) assay does not suffer from the deadly false negative high-dose hook effect that has plagued other handheld assays on the market.
Based on technology that it originally developed for the US Army for drinking water testing by expeditionary forces, ANP offers rapid tests for the detection of residual pesticides and heavy/toxic metals in water, food and beverages.