IntegenX and SAIC partner to compete for DTRA contracts

1 March 2013 (Last Updated March 1st, 2013 03:40)

IntegenX has entered into a teaming agreement with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to jointly compete for the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency's (DTRA) contracts.

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IntegenX has entered into a teaming agreement with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to jointly compete for the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency's (DTRA) contracts.

The agency's indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract awards are focused on addressing the US military's requirements for rapid detection and analysis of weapons of mass destruction in the theatre of operations.

The agreement combines IntegenX's RapidHIT Human DNA identification system with SAIC's software and bio-defence capabilities to develop an integrated system that will help field forward personnel in accomplishing missions through rapid and definitive DNA-based identification of biothreat agents.

IntegenX president and chief executive officer Stevan Jovanovich said the teaming agreement with SAIC provides the government with further access to the company's rapid DNA technology.

"SAIC has shown it can integrate complex software and detection modalities for support of military bio-defence applications," Jovanovich said.

"The RapidHIT System will allow for rapid DNA analysis at the point of action, setting a new standard in the usage of DNA profiles to detect and identify bio-agents down to the sub-species level in less than 90 minutes."

"The RapidHIT System will allow for rapid DNA analysis at the point of action, setting a new standard in the usage of DNA profiles to detect and identify bio-agents down to the sub-species level in less than 90 minutes."

Designed as a mobile, self-contained DNA identification system, the RapidHIT 200 helps in suspect identification by automating and accelerating the process of standardised DNA profiles generation from mouth swabs and other human tissue samples.

The system has repeatedly delivered accurate human DNA profiles from swabs, bottles, cans, hair, saliva and blood during an invitation-only US Department of Defense (DoD) exercise in 2012.

RapidHIT 200 system is widely used by several local, state, national and international law enforcement and security agencies to make informed decisions during various operational scenarios, such as arrest or release of suspects and safeguarding national borders, as well as for crime scene evidence analysis.


Image: A US soldier collects DNA from a suspect following a raid in Bagram, Afghanistan. Photo: courtrsy of Colby T Hauser, USACIDC.

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