Owlstone Inc. Awarded Next Generation Chemical Detector (NGCD) Phase I for the US DOD’s JPEO-CBD
Published on 29 Jan 15
Norwalk, CT, January 29 2015: Owlstone Inc., previously awarded a contract for the US Department of Defense’s (DOD) Next Generation Chemical Detector (NGCD) program, announced today it has been notified that the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) will exercise its first option under the NGCD contract. After completing the initial testing, Owlstone has received formal approval to commence Phase I development under the NGCD program. JPEO-CBD’s NGCD program is funding a new family of products capable of detecting a wide variety of chemical warfare agents (CWAs). Under the multimillion-dollar contract, Owlstone will add new features to NGCD, its advanced chemical detection (CD) platform, while reducing size and weight and increasing power to deliver the highest level of sensitivity and selectivity ever achieved in a portable, self-contained unit.
Phase I in the multiyear, three-phase program will explore project feasibility, seeking to determine the scientific, technical, and commercial merit of the project. In this regard, future CD solutions will need to readily adapt to future changes on the chemical threat horizon and accommodate massive quantities of data. Incorporating Owlstone’s proprietary technology, the NGCD will be able handle “libraries” of information to address the tremendous data potential of diverse military threats and it will outperform past performance metrics in size, selectivity, sensitivity, power consumption, and response time.
“We are excited to commence Phase I development,” says Mark Brennan General Manager of the Owlstone Defense division. “Owlstone’s patented technology promises the potential to go well beyond market expectations for handheld trace detectors as it changes the face of chemical detection in multibillion-dollar markets from Defense to Industry.” The protection of US military servicemen and women from exposure to chemical threats constitutes a core focus for Owlstone. NGCD will provide powerful functionality to help ensure situational awareness and increase safety. Delivering technological innovation in the CD space will allow Owlstone to equip today’s soldiers with the handheld, broadband, powerful, rapid response instruments of tomorrow.
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About Owlstone Inc.
Owlstone Inc. delivers next generation chemical detection technology that is used to help diagnose cancer, protect the military, and monitor food, water, and air. Owlstone’s powerful platform technology delivers solutions in compact configurations at low power requirements to defense, medical, industrial, and IoT markets wherever there is a need for extremely sensitive and selective methods of detection. Owlstone partners with leading systems manufacturers and systems integrators to integrate its technology into next generation chemical sensing products and solutions.
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