SOURCE: Ahura Scientific

July 16, 2008 09:00 ET

Ahura Scientific's TruDefender FT Named Frost & Sullivan 2008 Chemical Identification Product of the Year

WILMINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - July 16, 2008) - Ahura Scientific, Inc., a leader in rugged, ultra-compact handheld instruments for chemical identification, today announced that its TruDefender™ FT has received the distinguished Frost & Sullivan 2008 Chemical Identification Product of the Year Award. This award recognizes Ahura Scientific's significant accomplishment in the development of its technologically-advanced Fourier-Transform Infrared (FTIR)-based chemical identification solution. Ahura Scientific's products are utilized by the safety and security, pharmaceutical and consumer products industries.

"During an emergency involving a hazardous substance, first responders are faced with numerous challenges ranging from collecting samples in Level A protective gear for sampling to making life saving decisions," said Lindsay Voss, Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst. "In the past, emergency personnel have relied on cumbersome devices with slow analysis times to glean the critical information needed to respond during an emergency. With the new TruDefender FT, Ahura Scientific, Inc. is playing an important role in helping first responders overcome challenges in the hotzone. Through the development of systems such as TruDefender FT and its flagship FirstDefender®, Ahura Scientific is helping first responders quickly and safely identify unknown substances directly in the hotzone."

According to Doug Kahn, Ahura Scientific's chairman and CEO, "When developing the TruDefender FT, we carefully considered the safety and security needs of first responders. Regardless of the emergency, response personnel need fast, accurate, and reliable chemical identification equipment to make critical decisions. TruDefender FT saves precious time and eliminates the need to take a sample back to the lab for analysis."

Ahura Scientific designed TruDefender FT for use in a variety of emergency scenarios, including chemical attacks, hazardous spills, and any situation in which unknown substances need to be quickly identified. With its rugged, ergonomic, and user-friendly design and rapid response time, TruDefender FT delivers the critical answers emergency personnel need, where and when they need them.

The Frost & Sullivan Product of the Year Award is presented each year to the company that best demonstrates the ability to develop and/or advance products with more innovative capabilities than competing vendors and products. In choosing the recipient of this award, Frost & Sullivan analysts conducted market participant interviews, end-user surveys, and extensive secondary research.

Following extensive research and analysis in the chemical identification market, Ahura Scientific's TruDefender FT was selected for the 2008 Frost & Sullivan Product of the Year Award based on the following criteria:

--  Significance of new product(s) in its industry;
--  Competitive advantage of new product(s) in its industry;
--  Product innovation in terms of unique or revolutionary technology;
--  Product acceptance in the marketplace;
--  New product value-added services provided to customers; and
--  Number of competitors with similar product(s).

Ahura Scientific and its executives have received numerous prestigious awards, including the Ernst and Young 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year award (Founder and President Dr. Daryoosh Vakhshoori); R&D Magazine's R&D 100; the Industrial Design Society of America Award (IDEA) for Excellence in Industrial Design; the 2007 SBANE Innovation Award; the 2006 Frost & Sullivan Chemical Detection Industry Innovation & Advancement of the Year Award; the Boston Business Journal's 2008 Best Places to Work Award; and, most recently, the Stevie Award for "Most Innovative Company."

About Ahura Scientific, Inc.

Ahura Scientific, Inc. is a leading provider of a new class of ultra-compact analytical instruments. These rugged handheld instruments are used for real-time identification of chemical substances. Customers include government agencies and companies in the safety and security, pharmaceutical, and consumer products markets. Manufactured in the USA in an ISO 9001-certified facility, the company's products offer exceptional portability and performance. For more information, visit

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