December 02, 2005 07:11 ET

Ahura's FirstDefender Chemical ID System Featured on "CSI: NY"

WILMINGTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 2, 2005 -- Ahura Corporation, award-winning manufacturer of rugged handheld instruments for chemical identification, today announced that the FirstDefender™ handheld chemical identification system was featured on "CSI: NY" on Wednesday night.

In the episode named "City of Dolls," Detective Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise), Det. Kaile Maka (Kelly Hu), Det. Lindsay Monroe (Anna Belknap), and Danny Messer (Carmine Giovinazzo) struggle to find clues in their creepiest crime scene yet. The owner of a doll hospital is found murdered and a doll's arm proves to be the murder weapon and the body of a man is discovered buried among a pile of detached doll parts. The team must piece together the clues and doll parts to discover who murdered the store's owner. Meanwhile, a beautiful waitress is found dead in a studio apartment recently bestowed to her by one of her patrons.

Detective Mac Taylor uses FirstDefender along a window ledge to identify potassium acetate (snow melt). This clue enabled the team to understand how the murderer entered the room through a second story window and led to the arrest of the suspect.

"CSI: NY, "a crime drama inspired by the Number One drama series, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," is about forensic investigators who use high-tech science to follow the evidence and solve crimes in the Big Apple. Det. Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise), a dedicated and driven crime-scene investigator who believes that everything is connected and everyone has a story, is a decorated Marine who served in Desert Storm and dabbled in war photography. The job is his life; he focuses on cases until they are solved. He and his partner, Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes), a well-traveled, well-educated detective, an orphan who flourished in spite of the system, share a passion for the job. Stella is a jack-of-all-trades and has an unmatched desire to find answers for the victims of violent crimes, due in part to questions about her past. They lead a team of experts through the gritty and kinetic city that never sleeps.

FirstDefender is a rugged handheld Raman instrument used for the instantaneous identification of unknown liquids and solids. It is designed to the rigorous requirements of the military and optimized to the needs of civilian first responders. The vast library of substances and mixture analysis capability enable FirstDefender to accurately identify billions of combinations of materials, making it ideal for "real world" situations. More information is available at

"The FirstDefender Handheld Chemical Identification System is being used across America by police and fire departments every day," said Daryoosh Vakhshoori, Ahura Corporation's Founder and President. "Its portability and ruggedness make it ideal for on-site applications including: forensics, narcotics, hazardous materials and 'white powders.' We're proud to have developed a valuable tool for the professionals who face difficult and dangerous situations every day. FirstDefender adds a level of safety, accuracy and reliability to in-the-field operations."

"Appearing on 'CSI-NY' is a true privilege for us and we're honored that 'CSI' chose to showcase Defender in action." said Doug Kahn, Chairman and CEO. "As millions of Americans were able to see, FirstDefender delivers reliable analytical performance with literally the push of a button. Ahura's revolutionary patent-pending algorithms provide investigators with reliable accurate information on-scene in real-time. This handheld unit provides immediate information in the harshest of environments and does so without requiring user intervention or consultation with a highly trained spectroscopist."

About Ahura -- Ahura Corporation has developed award-winning technology and is leading the realization of portable optical systems for homeland security, life sciences, industrial, and communications markets. Ahura's OpticalEngine technology offers superior performance at disruptive prices. The company is collaborating with OEM customers and government agencies on medical, industrial and security applications. Visit

About "CSI: NY" -- "CSI: NY" is produced by CBS Productions and Alliance Atlantis Communications, in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television. Jerry Bruckheimer, Anthony E. Zuiker, Jonathan Littman, Carol Mendelsohn, Ann Donahue, Danny Cannon, Andrew Lipsitz and Pam Veasey are the executive producers.

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