UNIVERSAL DETECTION TECHNOLOGY

UNIVERSAL DETECTION TECHNOLOGY

Previous company name
POLLUTION RESEARCH AND CONTROL CORP.
Name change date
8/29/2003
Company Overview
Universal Detection Technology is an American-based publicly traded company that focuses on the research and developent of advanced monitoring and early warning technologies, including bio-terrorism detection devices. Its portfolio of intellectual properties includes the exclusive worldwide commercial licensing of technology developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and its own proprietary aerosol capture technology, which are combined in the company’s initial monitoring device, the BSM-2000. It was founded in 1971 as Pollution Research and Control Corporation. It is headquartered in Beverly Hills, California.
The BSM-2000 is an automated real-time bacterial spore detector that is used for detecting abnormal levels of airborne endospores, such as anthrax. It is designed to provide unattended monitoring of airborne bacterial spores in public places, with real-time automated alert functionality. In addition to this device, the company offers anthrax detection test kits, training material and references, and training DVDs and videos, as well as event security, research, and consulting.
Universal Detection is developing a collaborative partnering strategy, which identifies and partners with researchers and developers. It is working in partnership with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Security Solutions International (SSI). It also has distribution agreements with Sartec Saras Tecnologie S.r.L., Quantum Automation, and Technowave for the global distribution of its products.
Universal Detection’s mission is to help meet today’s heightened security and defense requirements in the global war on terror.
Business Summary
Universal Detection Technology is engaged in the research, development and marketing of bioterrorism detection devices. The Company’s flagship product is an automated real-time bacterial spore detector, called BSM-2000, used for detection of abnormal levels of airborne endospores, such as anthrax. BSM-2000 combines a bio-aerosol capture device with a chemical test for bacterial spores that is designed to detect anthrax attack. The Company also provides various counter-terrorism products and services that are complimentary to BSM-2000. These products and services include handheld assays used for detection of five bioterrorism agents, training courses for first responders, event security, threat evaluation and consulting, radiation detection systems, and digital versatile discs (DVDs) aimed at providing information and training regarding combating terrorism and managing emergency situations.
Description and history
Universal Detection Technology, incorporated on December 24, 1971, is engaged in the research, development and marketing of bioterrorism detection devices. The Company’s flagship product is an automated real-time bacterial spore detector, called BSM-2000, used for detection of abnormal levels of airborne endospores, such as anthrax. BSM-2000 combines a bio-aerosol capture device with a chemical test for bacterial spores that is designed to detect anthrax attack. The Company also provides various counter-terrorism products and services that are complimentary to BSM-2000. These products and services include handheld assays used for detection of five bioterrorism agents, training courses for first responders, event security, threat evaluation and consulting, radiation detection systems, and digital versatile discs (DVDs) aimed at providing information and training regarding combating terrorism and managing emergency situations. Its bioterrorism detection kits can be used by emergency personnel to determine whether a suspicious substance is actually anthrax, botulinum toxin, ricin toxin and plague.

The Company’s BSM-2000 consists of four components: an air sampler for aerosol capture, which collects aerosolized particles on a fiber tape; thermal lysis for releasing the dipicolinic acid from the spores; reagent delivery via syringe pump, and a lifetime gated luminescence detection of the terbium-dipicolinate complex. The BSM-2000 is designed to continuously monitor the air and measure the concentration of airborne bacterial spores. The testing intervals are adjustable to respond to varying client needs and can be as short as 15 minutes. Bacterial spores are captured on the glass fiber tape. Next, thermal lysis pops the endospores, releasing a chemical from inside the endospore called dipicolinic acid, which is unique to bacterial spores. Then, a syringe pump adds a drop of terbium containing solution to the tape on the location where the endospores were lysed. Finally, a lifetime gated photometer measures the resultant terbium dipicolinate luminescence intensity, which is proportional to the bacterial spore concentration on the tape. A large change in endospore concentration is an indication of an anthrax attack, because endospores are the means by which anthrax travels.

Pursuant to the Company’s development plan, if an increase in spore concentration is detected, an alarm can sound notifying both a building’s internal security, as well as local emergency services through the device’s landline or wireless networking capability. The system can be adjusted to ensure that the maximum time it takes to detect, and generate an alarm in response to a release of bacterial spores is approximately 15 minutes, which is designed to be adequate to substantially reduce the likelihood of widespread contamination. The system is designed for constant and unattended monitoring of spaces, such as public facilities and commercial buildings. Its device does not detect spores from other microorganisms, such as fungi and molds, and discriminates against detecting aerosol components, such as dust. In addition, upon installation of the device, the Company operates it for 7 to 10 days to measure the natural concentrations of bacterial spores in the area, in which the device operates, so that the triggering threshold of that device will be set at an appropriate level for that environment. BSM-2000 device is designed to function as a complement to an existing bioterrorism detection device in places, such as public buildings and stadiums. The United States Army, Washington DC Fire and Safety Management, and the Burbank Police Department have purchased the Company’s detection test kits.

The Company competes with Cepheid and Northrop Grumnan.

Founded as Pollution Research and Control Corporation

Business Line
Research and developent of advanced monitoring and early warning technologies, including bio-terrorism detection devices
Subsidiary

Advisor
KABANI & CO., INC.
IPO date
5/1/1985
US SIC Code
3823
Company Address
Suite 700
9595, Wilshire Boulevard
City province or state postal code
90212, BEVERLY HILLS, CA
Phone: +1 310 248 3655
Fax: +1 310 273 2662
Country address: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Website url: www.udetection.com