Review of Technologies for Specific Identification of Biological Warfare Agents: Part 1 - Man Portable System - Background Literature


  1. Fulton, R.E.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN);University Technologies International Inc, Calgary ALTA (CAN)
The Canadian Forces (CF) have identified the requirement to develop improved technologies for identification of biological warfare agents in the environment by the year 2000. Reviews to date of off-the-shelf commercial technologies for this purpose have focused largely on detection of particulars or generic biological materials in atmospheric samples. CF has contracted this review to address additional issues relevant to: * identification of a range of biological agents including bacteria, viruses and toxins from a variety of environmental samples; * sample pretreatment requirements prior to testing in identification devices; * cost of identification system, purchase price and maintenance cost; * Canadian content of the identification system, its components or its assembly. University Technologies International Inc. (UTI), a technology transfer and licensing company whooly owned by the University of Calgary was contracted to critically review the world literature for technologies with potential as man portable systems for field identification of specific biological agents from a variety of enviornmental samples. Current off-the-shelf and emerging technologies were to be reviewed. UTI's critical review of the literature and interviews with companies manufacturing potential man portable diagnostic systems has identified enzyme immunoassay as the current technology best suited to CF's criteria.
Report Number
DRDC-SUFFIELD-CR-2002-178-BK-2 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Jun 1997
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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