CBRNe World/Cranfield University Press Release

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ThermoFisher Scientific EGIS Defender passes the enhanced ASTM trace explosive detection standard

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Shrivenham, UK, Nov . 5, 2012 – Thermo Scientific’s EGIS Defender trace explosives detector has successfully passed both the basic and enhanced ASTM standard for trace explosive detectors (E2520 – 07 Standard Practice for Verifying Minimum Acceptable Performance of Trace Explosive Detectors).

The tests were carried out in conjunction with CBRNe World and Cranfield University, who provide the testing service and have developed the enhanced ASTM test. The two days of testing included both lab testing, looking at trace amounts of explosive down to the 0.14ng range, and field tests. The first day involved post-detonation testing on the Cranfield explosives range, where trace samples of eight explosives were taken from witness plates in the blast area and presented to the EGIS Defender. The EGIS Defender was then put through the ASTM testing protocol on the second day. The detector passed the lab based ASTM basic standard, and was then put through the more rigorous ASTM enhanced test, which looked specifically at repeatability and consistency of detection.

Andrew Johnston, Head of Explosives Testing for CBRNe World said:

“We are all very pleased and impressed with the outcome of the last two days. The EGIS Defender trace explosives detector has performed exceptionally well. In fact, the detector performed so well we were able to add some additional low concentration testing into the lab test day pushing the detector well beyond the requirements of the ASTM tests. The feedback from ThermoFisher has been exceptional, and we have enjoyed working with them and assisting them in their on-going development of the EGIS Defender. We have both learnt a lot from this process and we look forward to working with them closely in the future. This trace explosive detector testing service is new and highly innovativ;, it was developed with Cranfield University, who have the unique staff and facilities for this kind of testing, and it is no surprise to us that ThermoFisher were so keen to take advantage of it. ThermoFisher have also established an on-going collaboration with Cranfield by lending them the EGIS Defender detector for an academic year to be used in MSc forensic research projects. ”


Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
(NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. With revenues of $12 billion, we have approximately 39,000 employees and serve customers within pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions and government agencies, as well as in environmental and process control industries. We create value for our key stakeholders through three premier brands, Thermo Scientific, Fisher Scientific and Unity™ Lab Services, which offer a unique combination of innovative technologies, convenient purchasing options and a single solution for laboratory operations management. Our products and services help our customers solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity. www.thermofisher.com.

Cranfield University
Cranfield Forensic Institute (CFI) provides a University focus for the application of science and technology to law enforcement particularly, through forensic science and engineering. This is serviced by concentrating upon niche areas that include research and development, education, security technology, ballistics, forensic engineering and forensic archaeology.
Dr Karl Harrison is a registered expert with the National Police Improvement Agency, a Professional Member of the Forensic Science Society, Karl’s operational experience includes seven years’ experience as a Scenes of Crime Officer and Crime Scene Manager working with Wiltshire Constabulary and West Midlands Police, prior to taking up an appointment as a lead scientist with LGC Forensics. He is now a Lecturer within the Cranfield Forensics Institute.
Tracey Temple. Lecturer within the Cranfield Dept of Defence Chemistry she focusses on explosive fate within the environment and conducts specific research in to explosive breakdown products.

CBRNe World
CBRNe World, a publication of Falcon Communications Ltd, is the world's leading publication on chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosives (CBRNE) threats. With over 10,000 readers in the military and civilian response sectors the bi-monthly magazine serves the information needs of professionals around the world. The explosives detection testing service is the most recent addition to our growing consultancy division of Falcon Communications.


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