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ASU lands $39M grant to detect soldiers' exposure to weapons of mass destruction

Posted at 9:21 AM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 12:21:35-04

Arizona State University has won a multimillion-dollar grant from the federal government to build a device to determine within a matter of minutes if a soldier has been exposed to weapons of mass destruction.

The award comes from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, which is giving ASU up to $38.8 million over four years in phases.

It follows a $36 million award from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority to develop a bio-dosimeter to detect the level of exposure to an unanticipated radiologic or nuclear event.

That patented device has been handed off to Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. and its subsidiary MRIGlobal, which won a $100 million contract to make the product based on ASU research, said Joshua LaBaer, executive director of ASU's Biodesign Institute and director of the Center for Personalized Diagnostics.

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