PositiveID develops biological detection and diagnostics systems, including its M-BAND and Firefly Dx technologies. The Company began developing complex microfluidic systems to perform sample processing and purification for the Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA). It then developed a similar system, including a thermal cycler for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis for the US Army's Edgewood Chemical and Biological Command (ECBC). PositiveID's microfluidic technology replaces robotics and manual processes used in existing systems with integrated microfluidics in a closed, automated system, which reduces cost, increases reliability and enhances the effectiveness of sample processing.
PositiveID is focused primarily on its M-BAND airborne biot-threat detector, which was developed under contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") Science & Technology directorate, and its Firefly Dx system, which is designed to deliver molecular diagnostic results from a sample in less than 30 minutes at the point-of-need, using a portable, handheld system.
The Company's M-BAND detection system continuously and autonomously analyzes air samples for the detection of pathogenic bacteria, viruses, and toxins for up to 30 days. Results from individual M-BAND instruments are reported via a secure wireless network in real time to give an accurate and up-to-date status of field conditions. M-BAND performs high specificity detection for up to six organisms on the Centers for Disease Control's category A and B select agents list.
The goal of the Company's Firefly Dx is to enable accurate diagnostics leading to more rapid and effective treatment than what is currently available with existing systems. Firefly is being developed further for a broad range of biological detection situations for applications including military, agricultural and healthcare. The system has already demonstrated the ability to detect and identify other common pathogens and diseases such as various strains of influenza, E. coli, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus ("MRSA") and human papilloma virus ("HPV").
The Caregiver® thermometer by Thermomedics, Inc. is the world’s first non-contact device with TouchFree™ technology developed by the team that invented tympanic thermometry. CAREGIVER® is a clinical-grade infrared thermometer for measurement of forehead temperature in adults, children, and infants without contact. It is designed for use in a wide variation of medical settings and can also deliver ambient/skin surface temperatures with the flick of a switch. Learn more about PositiveID’s Caregiver thermometer.
Mobile Technology Vehicles
PositiveID's wholly owned subsidiary, E-N-G Mobile Labs, provides specialty vehicle manufacturing for TV news vans and trucks, emergency response trailers, mobile command centers, mobile labs, and other special purpose vehicles. E-N-G is a leading U.S. manufacturer of specialized vehicles that are field friendly and field tough. Major applications include mobile TV broadcasting, microwave and satellite uplink trucks, emergency response vehicles, communications command and control, surveillance vans, mobile environmental, medical, dental, and health laboratories and clinics, mobile cellular phone vehicles, infrared testing, and many other applications. We also provide mobile analytical triage centers to insulate central labs from pandemic outbreaks.