May 14, 2004 — MicroFluidic Systems Inc. has received a $4.5 million contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to develop and build an automated system to identify airborne pathogens, according to a news release.
The Pleasanton, Calif.-based firm was one of six teams selected in a competitive bid process for the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency’s program to develop systems known as Biological Autonomous Networked Detectors. MicroFluidic Systems will be the prime contractor and lead the effort to make commercially available pathogen identification systems for the DHS and industrial customers.
In March 2003, MicroFluidic Systems and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory received $1.5 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to build an autonomous airborne pathogen detector that runs continuously. DARPA awarded them $1 million in 2002 for the project.