MRIGlobal continues bio-threat detection

Oct. 5, 2012 at 3:59 PM
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KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Department's Pentagon Force Protection Agency has contracted MRIGlobal to continue work to detect biological threat agents.

The contract is for five years and is worth $17.9 million.

For the past decade MRIGlobal has provided the service to the agency's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Directorate Laboratory Analysis and Collections Program.

Under the new contract, the company will continue to provide staff, sampling, logistical tools, equipment, materials, scientific expertise for analysis of environmental samples collected from Defense Department facilities and locations in the Washington area.

It will also engage in evaluation of analytical methods to support agency efforts in detecting biological threats.

"This work is part of the critical frontline in protecting the nation from biological threat," said Michael F. Helmstetter, president and chief executive officer of MRIGlobal. "This award recognizes our expertise and 10 years of uninterrupted 7-by-24 service in the analysis of environmental samples from the nation's Capital region."

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