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Microfluidic Systems Announces Agreements With Applied Biosystems and United Technologies' Hamilton Sundstrand Division for Production of Bioagent Autonomous Networked Detector System
Date:2/25/2008

Exclusive teaming agreements to develop and manufacture next-generation

pathogen detection capabilities for air samples using an advanced

microfluidics-based platform

FREMONT, Calif., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Microfluidic Systems Inc. (MFSI) today announced that it has signed agreements with two scientific technology leaders, Applied Biosystems (NYSE: ABI), an Applera Corporation business, and Hamilton Sundstrand, a United Technologies (NYSE: UTX) business, for the continued development and production of MFSI's Bioagent Autonomous Networked Detector (BAND). These new systems in development are intended to improve the detection of airborne pathogens that could contaminate the air in a city or large region.

The US Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate has been funding BAND development for the past three years through Phases I-III of the BAND program, which is a government program dedicated to monitoring air quality, particularly focused on biosecurity threats, such as anthrax, plague and smallpox.

MFSI is a prime contractor receiving funding to develop an improved, more cost-effective autonomous airborne pathogen detection and identification system. MFSI teamed up with Applied Biosystems and United Technologies to incorporate proven technologies into the Microfluidics-based Bioagent Autonomous Networked Detector (M-BAND) and ensure service and support from these two world-class corporations.

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