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Boston-Based BioDefense Corp. Announces New UK Partnership to Expand Markets for Biohazard Protection

'United Kingdom Needs to Wake Up to Threat of Bioterrorism,' Says UK Board

Member General Lord Guthrie

BOSTON, April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- BioDefense Corp., the only company in the world to develop and deploy technology that can neutralize and destroy a biohazardous substance while maintaining the integrity of the tainted materials, today announced it has partnered with General Lord Guthrie, former chief of the British Defense Staff, to establish new security markets for the BioDefense MailDefender(R) in the United Kingdom.

The BioDefense MailDefender system was developed to give organizations increased control over a potentially uncontrollable situation -- the risk of bio-contamination through the mail. This first-of-its kind system decontaminates mail at the point of entry, protecting employees from harm and organizations from the threats of an actual attack or a disruptive hoax.

The MailDefender(R) is currently deployed at the United Nations, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and several embassies worldwide.

The directors of BioDefense Corp. are hosting an event today to celebrate the partnership between the United States and the United Kingdom. General Lord Guthrie, member of the House of Lords and new member of the BioDefense advisory board, will speak at the company's new Boston world headquarters about the challenges of and solutions to biological threats.

Said BioDefense Executive Vice President Jonathan Morrone: "We are a global company helping countries and corporations worldwide keep their people safe from biological threats, whether the threats originate domestically or internationally. We believe our partnership with General Lord Guthrie and our two countries will further our nations' abilities to defend against bioterrorism, as well as the security hoaxes that often cripple productivity in government agencies and corporate enterprises."

General Charles Ronald Llewelyn Guthrie, Baron Guthrie of Craigiebank, GCB, LVO, OBE, DL became Assistant Chief of the General Staff in 1987 and in 1989 General Officer Commanding 1st British Corps. In 1992 he took command of the British Army of the Rhine and in 1997 became Chief of the General Staff.

Said Lord Guthrie: "The United Kingdom needs to wake up to the threat of bioterrorism, which is far more serious than defense experts realize, and a national strategy to counter bioterrorism needs to be developed."

"A biological attack is likely to be far more devastating than the 9/11 attacks and can cause significantly far more deaths than the number of people who were killed in the Twin Towers attack in New York City," said the Lord Guthrie. He went on to say that, "It is sobering to remember that far more people were killed by Spanish Flu immediately after World War I than hostilities during the war."

Lord Guthrie is an independent member of the House of Lords. He was created a life peer as Baron Guthrie of Craigiebank, of Craigiebank in the City of Dundee, after retiring as Chief of the Defense Staff. He is a director on the board of Colt Defense LLC and Peter Hambro Mining. Lord Guthrie is also the president of several charities, including Action Medical Research, Army Benevolent Fund, Federation of London Youth Clubs and the Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association.

About BioDefense Corporation

BioDefense Corp. is currently the only company in the world to develop and deploy technology that can neutralize and destroy a biohazardous substance, such as anthrax, ricin and influenza, while maintaining the integrity of mail, packages, currency and medical waste. The process takes about 45 minutes and can be completed in the field or in a small office environment. BioDefense is dedicated to developing advanced technologies and products designed to create safer, healthier home and work environments. BioDefense products and systems help protect people from harmful biological agents and health hazards that are found in many everyday situations. These hazards range from contaminated or infected mail, to microbially contaminated food, to bio-hazardous medical waste and other public health and safety concerns. Visit for more information.

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