Tac-Bio seeing light?

Perennial nearly-there bio detector, Tac-Bio, looks like it might see the light of day after General Dynamics agreed with ECBC to commercialise it. General Dynamics ATP will sign a cooperative research and development agreement bringing Tac-Bio into a product range that includes Juno and JSLSCAD.

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Russia makes inroads into CWC

The Maradykovsky site in Kirov announced that they had finished their disposal of sarin – having destroyed nearly 5,000 chem filled munitions. They have also make ingress into their mustard and other blister agents not that the destruction line is operational. Maradykovsky is expected to be compliant by 2012.

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Like lightning!

Utilis announced its fastest ever decon system. The containerised system can be set up in minutes and has independent access to water, heating, lighting and waste water containment.

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Bill Passed

The US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved a bill intended to improve security at the nations biological research facilities. The panel voted 8-1 in favour of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Prevention and Preparedness Act of 2009, it is not apparent when the Senate will take up the legislation which will provide security regulations for laboratories. It will also divide the government’s list of select agents into three tiers, subjecting those that handle the 8-10 most troublesome pathogens to the highest security - which will be monitored by DHS.

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Looks like we have something new!

GE Energy announced that it has been awarded a patent for their eVent active film laminate, which may herald the long-awaited dawn of semi-permeable membranes. The solution has sent a buzz around various procurement and scientific agencies keen to get their hands on the expanded polytetrafluroethylene membrane, with an oleophobic treatment and continuous treatment. GE reckons the combination of treatment and coating provides unique functionality. Another false dawn? We will have to wait and see...

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