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RPS awarded DHS contract to develop rapid diagnostic tests

RPS detectors

Rapid Pathogen Screening, Inc. announced a contract award by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chemical and Biological Defense Division, to develop and manufacture a rapid, point-of-care diagnostic test.

The test, said the Sarasota, FL-based developer of point-of-care diagnostic tests, will advance U.S. government efforts to aid in diagnosis in the unfortunate incident of a biological attack or pandemic event.

The test will equip DHS with a novel response to help guide timely and appropriate treatment, according to the company. The rapid assay is innovative in its ability to accurately confirm and differentiate a viral infection from a bacterial infection using a finger stick of blood, it said.

Rapid Pathogen Screening, Inc., founded in 2004, develops, manufactures and markets rapid point-of-care (POC) diagnostic tests. The company said its patented technology platform facilitates development of a spectrum of cost-effective tests to rapidly identify patients with infectious diseases and inflammatory conditions. As a result of U.S. government contracts, it said, its platform is also being used to develop tests for bio-terrorism and chemical nerve agent blood toxins. According to the company, RPS tests have high sensitivity and specificity, and can be easily performed by a clinician or their staff without extensive training or additional equipment.

GeckoSystems unveils SafePath technology for mobile robots and navigation systems

GeckoSystems robot

GeckoSystems said it is a leader in the emerging mobile robotics industry revolutionizing their development and used with "Mobile Robot Solutions for Safety, Security and Service."

SafePath technology, it said, is a navigation system created that merges robotic technology with traditional steering, locomotion and automatic guidance systems.  SafePath, said the company, goes beyond typical collision avoidance systems now being used in automobiles and other applications, allowing the user to specify a destination and achieve it while the system takes over collision avoidance, speed adjustment, and compensates for variations in terrain (like over slippery or uneven surfaces).  GeckoSystems said it anticipates commercial production of an initial “Safepath” self-guided wheelchair by the end of 2012, in a joint venture facility now under construction in Nanle, China.

The application, it said however, is no limited to wheelchairs. SafePath navigation can be migrated to all existing mobile robotics applications.  In addition it can be an upgrade to non-robotic applications such as the automobiles, military vehicles (including land mine detection systems), airport luggage/passenger carts, industrial transportation, and power wheelchairs.

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