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Portable Anthrax Testing Kit Invented
BaDx (Bacillus anthracis Diagnostics) is a lab-in-a-pocket device to sample, sense, and diagnose bacteria that cause anthrax. It accomplishes these tasks in environments with no power, refrigerated storage, or laboratory equipment. BaDx was designed to be used with minimal or no training, and to keep handlers safe. A Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at Sandia to develop an anthrax detection device for low-resource environments resulted in the BaDx. The technology has been licensed to Aquila, a small woman-owned business that specializes in the design and manufacture of technologies and services for nuclear security and international safeguards. BaDx is not just a product; it is the basis of a rapidly deployable biothreat sensing platform. With three different anthrax products already available from Aquila, the BaDx device can be rapidly modified to tackle other emerging biothreats. Read more at http://1.usa.gov/1shPVbY, or learn more about Sandia partnerships at http://www.sandia.gov/partnerships and https://ip.sandia.gov.