SOURCE: Universal Detection Technology

August 06, 2008 16:00 ET

Universal Detection Technology Receives and Completes Contract to Provide Anthrax/Bioterrorism Detection Equipment for the 2008 Beijing Olympics

Detection Equipment Capable of Detecting Anthrax as Well as Ricin Toxin, Botulinum Toxin, Plague, and SEBs in as Little as 3 Minutes

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - August 6, 2008) - Universal Detection Technology ( (OTCBB: UNDT), a developer of early-warning monitoring technologies to protect people from bioterrorism and other infectious health threats and provider of counter-terrorism consulting and training services, reported today that it has received a contract to provide handheld assays for bioterrorism detection for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and has fulfilled the contract by delivering the equipment to Beijing ahead of the Olympic Games. The handheld devices are designed to detect anthrax, ricin, botulinum toxin, plague and SEBs in as little as 3 Minutes.

The threat of a bioterrorist attack with deadly anthrax has once again come to the forefront of the nation's concerns with the recent suicide of the suspect in the 2001 anthrax mailings in the United States. Bioterror experts warn that an attack is only going to become easier to launch as the same work that has spawned countless new biotech medical treatments continues to advance. "Unfortunately, there's going to be a dark side," says Randall Larsen, Director of the Institute for Homeland Security, a Virginia-based think tank. The biotech revolution, he said, is making it "easier for non-state actors to develop sophisticated bioweapons."

UNDT's 5-agent bioterrorism detection kits have been extensively used by first responders and private industry throughout the country. Testing of the kits by the U.S. DOD as well as the United Kingdom military show that the kits show no cross-reactivity with near neighbor species and no false positives with commonly encountered "white powders." The kits will be optimally used to test suspicious powders in any of the numerous Olympics venues.

"The contract for the bioterrorism detection kits comes on the heels of our contract to provide radiation detection equipment for the Olympics," said Mr. Jacques Tizabi, UNDT's Chief Executive Officer. "We are proud to have contributed to the safety of the Olympics games," he added.

The contract to supply UNDT's bioterrorism detection equipment for the 2008 Beijing Olympics has come from F&D International Corporation. For more information please visit our website at or

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Universal Detection Technology is a developer of monitoring technologies, including bioterrorism detection devices. The Company on its own and with development partners is positioned to capitalize on opportunities related to Homeland Security. For example, the Company, in cooperation with NASA, has developed a bacterial spore detector that detects certain biohazard substances. The Company is also a reseller of handheld assays used for detection of five bioterrorism agents, radiation detection systems, and antimicrobial products. For more information, please visit

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