SOURCE: Universal Detection

October 16, 2008 07:00 ET

Universal Detection Technology Receives Purchase Order From the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Purchase Order for UNDT's Anthrax Detection Equipment From DHS

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 16, 2008) - Universal Detection Technology ( (OTCBB: UNDT) (FRANKFURT: PO8), 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 purchase order for its anthrax detection equipment from the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. The detection equipment is designed to check for anthrax and can return results in as little as 3 minutes.

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is one of the Department of Homeland Security's largest and most complex components, with a priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. It also has a responsibility for securing and facilitating trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. regulations, including immigration and drug laws.

A recent commission chaired by former senators Bob Graham and Jim Talent has found that the nation is "very exposed" in terms of preparedness to a bioterrorist attack. The next U.S. president should put more emphasis on countering biological threats as part of a rethinking of national security strategy, according to early assessments from the leaders of a commission. "Both biological and nuclear threats are significant in their ability to kill hundreds of thousands, but a biological attack is easier to launch and harder to combat because many biological weapon components are widely available and have benign uses," said the commission's chairman, former Sen. Bob Graham of Florida.

UNDT's anthrax detection equipment has been extensively used by first responders and private industry throughout the country. The equipment has been evaluated by the U.S. DOD as well as the United Kingdom military. The equipment's features include:

--  No cross-reactivity with near neighbor strains.
--  No cross-reactivity to household powders.
--  No set up time.
--  No expensive reader needed.
--  No decontamination requirements.
--  No false positives.
--  No false negatives. and
--  No hook effect.

"The purchase order came on the heels of our presentation at the 3rd annual Gulf Coast Terrorism Conference where we had the opportunity to demonstrate our detection technologies to first responders, federal agents and representatives from the armed forces," said Mr. Jacques Tizabi, UNDT's Chief Executive Officer.

UNDT has received the purchase orders referred to in this news release through Security Solutions International (SSI). The equipment were billed to the DHS by SSI as part of participation in the counterterrorism training at the Gulf Coast Terrorism Conference and are expected to be delivered to them directly from UDT within the next 30 days.

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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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