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Prime-Alert

DESCRIZIONE

Core technologies in multiple industries

Technology
Rapid Microbe Detection (Broad Patent Protection)

  • Fermentation 2000
  • Homeland Security 2002
  • Blood Products 2006
The Problem: Sept. – Oct. 2001
Our world changed:
  • Terrorism came to our doorstep
  • Our sense of security was affected
  • We understood our vulnerability

ANTHRAX by mail

Bio‐terrorism became real

The Problem: Anthrax 2001
The real thing

  • Anthrax Found at White House Mail Facility.
  • Brentwood Mail Distribution Center – 2 deaths.
  • Letter to Senate Majority Leader, Tom Daschle
  • Letter to NBC’s Tom Brokaw.
  • American Media building contaminated.
  • American Media's estimates the attack has cost company $10 million + $50,000/month in security of abandoned building.
  • 22 people infected.
The Problem: Hoaxes

The cost of bio‐hazard incidents is enormous:
Total U.S. Costs = $5 Billion/year 2002

Tough Dilemma

FIRST CHOICE
Assume Worst Case
“Bio‐Hazard”

  • Close Facility
  • Send Employees Home
  • Start Threat Verification
  • Start Decontamination

— Costly —

SECOND CHOICE
Assume Best Case
“Hoax”

  • Keep Facility Open
  • Reassure Employees
  • Start Threat Verification?
  • Commence Cleanup

— Risky —

THE PROBLEM
Incomplete Data

An Example…

United States Postal Service

Average Shutdown: 4hours
Cost per hour: $10,000
2002: 20,000 shutdowns lasting 4 or more hours
Total Cost: >$800 million

The Response

The solution to onsite credible bio‐threat verification.

Technology

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Toxin Screens

Microbe Screen

  • Immunoassay test strips.
  • Screen for Ricin, Botlinum and SEB Toxins.
  • Actual test time is 10 minutes.
  • Reproducibility is 99%.
  • Sensitivity to 50 ng/mL.
Why Prime Alert?

Modified Pathogens

Published online before print May 21, 2004, 10.1073/pnas.0402414101
PNAS | June 1, 2004 | vol. 101 | no. 22 | 8449‐8454
Microbiology
Identification of anthrax toxin genes in a Bacillus cereus associated with an illness resembling inhalation anthrax

Alex R. Hoffmaster *, Jacques Ravel, David A. Rasko, Gail D. Chapman, Michael D. Chute, Chung K. Marston*, Barun K. De *, Claudio T. Sacchi *, Collette Fitzgerald *, Leonard W. Mayer *, Martin C. J. Maiden, Fergus G. Priest, Margaret Barker, Lingxia Jiang , Regina Z. Cer , Jennifer Rilstone , Scott N. Peterson , Robbin S. Weyant *, Darrell R. Galloway, Timothy D. Read, Tanja Popovic * and Claire M. Fraser **

Features
  • Comprehensive
  • Field Tested
  • Rugged
  • Immediate Results (10 min)
  • Sample integrity maintained
  • Portable
  • Decon Friendly
  • 24/7 Technical Support
  • Validated by Battelle
  • Data Transfer Capable
Benefits
With the Prime Alert, you can…
  • Mitigate the consequences of real terrorist threats.
  • Maximize business continuity.
  • Minimize the impact on the community at large.
  • Ensure the safety and security of personnel.
  • Minimize fear and uncertainty.

Major Cost Reduction

Average Shutdown: 4hours 1 hour*
Cost per hour: $10,000                    $10,000
2002: 20k 4+hr                            most eliminated
Total Cost: >$800 million                 75%+ cost reduction

Some Key Customers

Hazmat Teams:

Atlanta Fire Dept.
Beverly Hills Fire Dept.
Chicago Fire Dept.
Seattle Fire Dept.
Washington D.C. Special Operations
Las Vegas PD
Several Statewide Contracts

Military:

Defense Forces of Ireland
Fairchild Air Force Base
Navy Regional Fire Rescue
U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Ground
U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground
Singapore Civil Defense Forces

Government:

U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Training Programs:

LSU Academy of Counter Terrorism
Office for Domestic Preparedness

Corporate Security:

Baylor Medical Center
Houston Chronicle
Northern Trust Company
U.S. Steel Corporation
Progressive Insurance

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