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IMASS

GBD assisted the MOD with the development of the IMASS ‘Integrated Multiplex Assay and Sampling System’ Device a powerful new innovation in sample collection and testing.

Protecting against Chemical & Bio Hazard Threats

With current devices there are a number of different steps and three or four components required to separately manipulate the sample. Wearing thick PPE gloves and under stress makes this very difficult to achieve. The MOD were looking for a handheld device that could sample and detect a range of hazardous substances and explosives at the same time in order to assist front line troops and counter-terrorism personnel.

Developing the Design

GBD developed the device through to manufacture. The product used a hand operated mechinism, holding up to eight assay strips, which could run simultaneously from a single sample to detect a specific explosive, chemical or biological substance. The device was the first of its kind to integrate sampling with detection in a single disposable solution.

Finalising the Solution

IMASS is a powerful new innovation in sample collection and testing, especially for 'white powder' incidents. The ergonomic and robust design makes it particularly suitable for bio-detection in challenging front line environments, whilst providing results quickly.

Results

  • Very low training burden
  • Very easy to handle even when wearing full Personal Protection Equipment.
  • Capable of withstanding a 95Kg load
  • Device can be decontaminated after sampling
  • No power requirements

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