Biosurveillance Gateway Supports Centralized Global Disease Response

A new online resource, called the Biosurveillance Gateway, is in place at Los Alamos National Laboratory, providing a centralized portal for all news, information, resources and research related to biosurveillance at the laboratory. The goal of the site is to support global disease surveillance, providing useful tools for professionals around the world to reference from a single location.

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Biodefense Market Worth $13.33 billion By 2020: Grand View Research, Inc.

Global biodefense market is expected to reach USD 13.33 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Growing R&D investments in the field of biotechnology coupled with increasing threat of bioterrorism and disease outbreaks is expected to drive market growth during the forecast period. Furthermore, presence of favorable government initiatives for instance the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is expected to boost market growth. This provision allows products to be marketed without an FDA approval in an emergency. Initiatives undertaken by the governments of developing nations for strengthening their respective biodefense product portfolio is expected to fuel future market growth.

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PositiveID Corporation Prepares Additional M-BAND Systems for Field Deployment and Testing

DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Jan. 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PositiveID Corporation (“PositiveID” or “Company”) (OTCQB:PSID), a developer of biological detection and diagnostics solutions, announced today that it is preparing additional M-BAND systems for field deployment and testing. Once deployed, the Company will have a total of six M-BAND systems in the field and under evaluation, including the four units delivered to the U.S government during the second half of 2014.
M-BAND (Microfluidic Bio-agent Autonomous Networked Detector) is currently under evaluation with a large federal government contractor to support the U.S. Department of Defense (“DoD”) JUPITR Program. As part of this program, M-BAND is being tested and evaluated to baseline performance, reliability, maintainability, ease of use, and cost of operation to provide the “best of breed” and most affordable options for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. M-BAND currently performs high specificity detection for six organisms and three toxins on the Centers for Disease Control’s category A and B select agents list.
M-BAND was developed under contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) Science & Technology directorate, and $30 million of contract funding. M-BAND continuously and autonomously analyzes air samples for the detection of biological airborne threats in the form of bacteria, viruses, and toxins, with results in as little as three hours. Faster time to detection allows the deployment of countermeasures and vaccines more quickly than existing systems, thereby reducing casualties.
“As we see increased interest from the federal government, specifically DoD and DHS, in biodetection technologies, we are preparing additional M-BAND systems for deployment to monitor air samples for potential biothreats,” said William J. Caragol, PositiveID’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We believe that procurements for these important technologies will ramp up in 2015, in order to protect our homeland security, both domestically and for our allies and troops abroad.”

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PositiveID Corporation’s Chairman and CEO Releases Letter to Stockholders

DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Jan. 6, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PositiveID Corporation (“PositiveID” or “Company”) (OTCQB:PSID), a developer of biological detection and diagnostics solutions, announced today that Chairman and CEO William J. Caragol released a letter to stockholders.
Dear Fellow Stockholders:
I am extremely proud of what the PositiveID team accomplished during 2014, including the Company’s first revenue generation since launching our business plan in 2011. I am eager to kick off 2015 so that we can continue to build upon our many successes achieved over the past year. I would also like to thank you, our stockholders, for your support and faith in our team and our products. For those of you who have been with us over the years, I believe there continue to be many significant opportunities ahead and ensure to you that we are ready to capitalize on these opportunities to deliver value for our stockholders.
As you may recall, we achieved several key milestones and forged noteworthy relationships in 2014 with world-class partners, both government and commercial. In November, we also entered into a $4 million financing that, we believe, will help us to bring our Firefly Dx technology to field testing and commercialization.
I have summarized below the status of our two main products and highlighted what we expect to achieve in 2015.

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