1ST Detect Awarded $735,000 Phase II SBIR Contract from the Joint Science & Technology Office for Chemical and Biological Defense

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1ST Detect Corporation, a subsidiary of Astrotech Corporation (NASDAQ: ASTC), announced today that the Joint Science and Technology Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (Ft. Belvoir, VA), in conjunction with U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground (Dugway, UT) has awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract to the Company to design and develop a novel sample inlet system intended to significantly improve the sensitivity of mass spectrometers used for chemical detection in the field. This contract follows 1st Detect’s successful execution of a Phase I SBIR that was awarded in May 2009.

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1ST Detect Earns World Editor’s Choice of Pittcon 2010

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Pittcon largely centers around lab-based equipment, and lots of it. There are about 1,000 stands and 30,000 delegates, but here and there are some absolute chemical gems. The Editor’s first pick would be 1ST Detect – www.1stdetect.com – with its man-portable ion trap mass spectrometer, which has recently had $1.8 million pumped into it by the Texan Emerging Technology Fund. Unlike other systems, this is properly man-portable, weighing in at 7kg and able to be held in the hand like other chemical detectors such as Raid, Cam and Chempro.

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1ST Detect Receives $1.8 Million Investment for Commercialization of Chemical Detector

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1ST Detect Corporation, a subsidiary of Astrotech Corporation (NASDAQ: ASTC), announced today it is the recipient of a Phase I award from the U.S. Army’s Chemical and Biological Defense (CBD) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. The award will go to the development of a novel sample inlet system to significantly improve the sensitivity of mass spectrometers.1st Detect Corporation announced today it is the recipient of a $1.8 million investment from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF). The investment will go toward commercialization of 1st Detect’s portable mass spectrometer, used to detect residues and vapors from a wide range of chemicals, including explosives, chemical warfare agents, toxic chemicals, and volatile organic compounds.

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1ST Detect Awarded SBIR from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency

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1ST Detect Corporation, a subsidiary of Astrotech Corporation (NASDAQ: ASTC), announced today it is the recipient of a Phase I award from the U.S. Army’s Chemical and Biological Defense (CBD) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. The award will go to the development of a novel sample inlet system to significantly improve the sensitivity of mass spectrometers.

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