Event Date/Time: Jun 23, 2011 End Date/Time: Jun 24, 2011
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Biodetection Technologies is an internationally recognized event for experts in detection & identification of biological threats and will explore the latest R&D developments as well as ready-to-market systems for major biothreat detection, identification, and analysis both in the field and at the point-of-care. Known for its impressive lineup of speakers from around the world and industry leaders exhibiting the latest technologies, this conference is not to be missed.

The keynote presentation will be delivered by Dr. Peter Emanuel, BioScience Division Chief at the US Army RDECOM Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, and will reveal the results of the 2011 CBRN Surveillance Survey commissioned by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency/Joint Science and Technology Office. This survey targeted information on commercially available and maturing diagnostic & identification/detection products that have technology readiness levels from TRL 4 to TRL 9 which does not include basic research concepts. Dr. Emanuel will discuss what that effort found and what it may mean for the interagency needs for purchasing technologies in the coming years.

Other Program topics include:
- Cost-effective/sensitive/selective/reliable detectors for first-responders
- Point-of-care/clinical applications for pathogen/virus/threat detection and identification
- Technological challenges for rapid/early/specific sensitive detection
- Role of nanotechnology and system miniaturization; MEMS and bioMEMS
- Use of biochip technology; micro- and nanofluidics
- Bioinformatics for biodefense
- Reducing false positives vs. detector sensitivity
- Field-deployable devices: portability/compatibility/reliability/scalability
- Reagentless vs. reagent biodetection systems
- Non-PCR vs. PCR based detection techniques
- Advances in microarray and sequencing technologies
- Issues of sensitivity/testing/evaluation/validation