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1ST Detect Awarded US Patent for Chemical Detection Technology

09-Aug-2011 | Source : AG-IP News | Visits : 8413
AUSTIN, Texas - 1st Detect Corporation, a subsidiary of Astrotech Corporation , announced today in a press release that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a key patent for the company’s unique method to drive a mass spectrometer ion trap used for chemical detection and identification.

“We are extremely pleased that the USPTO has issued this highly significant patent covering our unique ion trap technology," said John Porter, chief executive officer for the Company. “We continue to make considerable progress in our development of the 1st Detect Miniature Chemical Detector (MCD) and this patent is an important component of our intellectual property portfolio.”

The patent, entitled “Driving a Mass Spectrometer Ion Trap or Mass Filter,” represents a key technological advantage for 1st Detect to constantly monitor the ion trap and dynamically adjust to changing parameters for optimized performance.

“The technology protected by this patent supports our objective to offer the most affordable, high performance mass spectrometer for both laboratory and field applications,” added David Rafferty, the inventor of the Patent (US 7,973,277) and President of the Company.

1st Detect Corporation has developed the Miniature Chemical Detector, a product that revolutionizes the chemical detection market by delivering lab performance mass spectrometry in a small, easily portable package. The broad capabilities of the instrument, makes the 1st Detect MCD an ideal detection tool for a variety of applications, including security, industrial and healthcare markets.

The 1st Detect Miniature Chemical Detector is capable of detecting residues and vapors from explosives, chemical warfare agents, toxic chemicals, food and beverage contamination, illicit drugs and pollution. The 1st Detect MCD’s superior sensitivity and accuracy and its fast response time provides orders of magnitude better than competing products.

1st Detect Corporation was formed by Astrotech Corporation to develop and commercialize miniature-mass spectrometer technology first developed for the International Space Station (ISS).


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