Review of Technologies for Specific Identification of Biological Warfare Agents. Part II - Integrated System - Book 1


  1. Fulton, R.E.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN);University Technologies International Inc, Calgary ALTA (CAN)
The CF contracted this review to address issues relevant to: * Components of an integrated unit for automated sampling, detection and identification of BW agents in atmospheric samples; * Sample pretreatment requirements prior to testing in identification devices; * Cost of the 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 wholly owned by the University of Calgary, was contracted to critically review the work literature for technologies with potential as components of an integrated unit for automated field identification of specific biological agents from atmospheric 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 automated components compatible with Canadian forces CIBADS unit confirmed enzyme immunoassay as the current “off-the-shelf” technology best suited to CF requirements. The sample handling, reagent handling and detection systems continue to improve so as to reduce the time to result, minimize reagent volumes and operator intervention. Six technologies were recommended for further investigation as the potential components of an integrated unit for automated field identification. Enzyme immunoassay was the best-positioned base technology for components of
Report Number
DRDC-SUFFIELD-CR-2002-179-BK-1 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Feb 2003
Number of Pages
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