Detection of Chemical and Biological Weapons - National Strategic Research Institute

Detection of Chemical and Biological Weapons

NSRI employs an inter-disciplinary approach to advance chemical & biological detection technologies.  The synergistic expertise of our researchers with world-class laboratories and facilities allows NSRI to deliver in an integrated portfolio of successful, innovative assays and devices to protect our military & civilian personnel.

"The ability to accurately detect chemical and biological weapons is the first step in developing an appropriate response. Knowledge about the basic mechanisms through which chemicals and biological agents exert their damage is also important in designing detection and treatment modalities. Our strategy to integrate all of these components and expertise into a comprehensive approach that addresses current challenges and challenges of the future. We are able to accomplish our goals because of the expertise of our scientists and their breadth of knowledge as well as access to state of art technology through the NSRI."

Steven Hinrichs , MD

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NSRI has extensive expertise in the detection and identification of chemical and biological agents; furthermore, NSRI/NU is internationally known for developing clinical methodologies to detect exposure to bioagents and nerve-agents. The objectives of NSRI’s research in rapid detection are to develop methods and tools that can detect both known and unknown threats that are ideally field-deployable, provide rapid results, detect bioactive levels, and require minimal training to use. NSRI’s approach to develop specialized capabilities for chemical and biological weapon detection includes advancing established genomic and proteomic technologies, in silico assays that couple genetic and functional analyses with novel bioinformatics algorithms for accurate and rapid identification of new or emerging bioagents, and nanotechnologies developed specifically for precise and accurate detection.
Our nation’s ability to detect and identify the deliberate use or natural emergence of pathogens depends on our technological capabilities. NSRI is actively pursuing the development of tools and methods to advance and integrate technologies enabling early detection, identification, and situational awareness of existing or potential threats. Unique to NSRI is an existing relationship with government agencies which facilitates the development and refinement of molecular assays with existing DoD technologies (e.g. field deployable PCR). Repositories of select agents in combination with our facilities to both characterize these agents and evaluate therapies accelerates the clinical evaluation process. We have developed multi-modal localization, surveillance sensors combined with adaptive networking techniques to reliably communicate sensed information. Additionally, NSRI/NU is expanding automated technology to control mini-robot collectives with wireless, electromagnetic sensors.
Our researchers are capable of studying all aspects of autonomous and adaptive sensing – from the development of theoretical platforms to advancing matured assays. Our platforms are capable of integrating multiple localization, surveillance, and bio-agent and chemical sensors with adaptive networking techniques to reliably communicate sensed information and maximize sensor and platform performance. NSRI/NU is integrating simple, emergent techniques for control of robot collectives with more cognitively advanced techniques from game theory to building autonomous systems that are energy-efficient, robust, and highly flexible.

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