PositiveID’s ExcitePCR subsidiary announces new product, the FireflyDX-Portable, with commercial availability scheduled for late 2018
Company Successfully detects Ebola Virus on FireflyDX Prototype System
DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Oct. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PositiveID Corporation (“PositiveID or “Company”) (OTCQB
SID), a life sciences company focused on detection and diagnostics, today announced highlights for the third quarter of 2017. The Company intends to announce its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017, in mid-November.
PositiveID’s ExcitePCR subsidiary successfully detected Ebola virus on its FireflyDX™ breadboard pathogen detection system and published a white paper and data.
ExcitePCR subsidiary announced the FireflyDX-Portable™, a lightweight, realtime pathogen detection system under development, designed to deliver on-site, biological results in less than 30 minutes, including sample preparation time, with commercial availability scheduled for late 2018.
ExcitePCR’s CEO Lyle L. Probst was a featured panelist on a three-person BioWatch Panel discussion held at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
ExcitePCR announced its Board of Advisors, with industry expertise ranging from biodefense and molecular diagnostics to agricultural genomics and infectious diseases.
PositiveID’s E-N-G Mobile Systems (“ENG”) subsidiary year-to-date vehicle bookings at the end of the third quarter of 2017 increased 152% compared to the first nine months of 2016; this increase was driven by bookings during the third quarter of more than $1.5 million.
The Company’s Thermomedics subsidiary continued marketing activities to prepare for the commercial launch of the Bluetooth®-enabled version of its Caregiver® non-contact thermometer.
“In the third quarter, we worked diligently to build up our ExcitePCR subsidiary with the goal of finding the right strategic partner to help us further the development and testing of the FireflyDX family of products, which includes the FireflyDX-Portable and FireflyDX-Handheld™,” stated William J. Caragol, Chairman and CEO of PositiveID. “We are optimistic that we have the right team in place and that we will continue to make progress with those efforts as we enter the fourth quarter of 2017.”
In May 2017, PositiveID formed ExcitePCR to own and further develop the assets of FireflyDX, technologies designed to become both portable and handheld, fully automated, lab quality, real-time devices able to process samples and detect pathogens at the point of need or point of care, faster and less expensively than existing devices, without the need to return the sample to a lab for a confirmatory result. FireflyDX's applications include lab-quality, sample processing and detection of pathogenic organisms; agricultural and food screening in both domestic sectors and developing countries; and detection of biological agents associated with weapons of mass destruction.
ENG designs and builds mobile laboratories, wireless support vehicles (cell-on-wheels and cell-on-light-trucks), radio frequency (“RF”) test platforms, broadcast news vehicles, and other technical vehicles. ENG has delivered more than 1,500 specialty vehicles to customers around the globe, including more than 400 mobile laboratories, 600 broadcast news vehicles, and more than 400 vehicles for cellular, RF, infrared, and other applications. In June 2017, PositiveID sold a 49.8% equity interest in ENG for approximately $1.5 million to Holdings ENG, LLC, an affiliate of East West Resources Corporation.
Thermomedics markets the FDA-cleared Caregiver thermometer, which is a clinical grade, infrared thermometer for measurement of forehead temperature in adults, children, and infants, without contact. It delivers an oral-equivalent temperature directly from the forehead in one to two seconds. Since there is no skin contact and Caregiver does not require probe cover supplies, it reduces the risk of cross-contamination, which is an increasing concern, and saves healthcare facilities the cost of covers (as much as $0.10 per temperature), storage space, and waste disposal costs.
On August 24, 2017, PositiveID Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiary PositiveID Diagnostics, Inc. (collectively, the “Seller”), entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement (“APA”) with ExcitePCR Corporation. Pursuant to the APA, at closing, the Seller will sell and deliver to ExcitePCR all assets used in connection with the operation of the FireflyDX technology. For more information on the APA, please read PositiveID’s Form 8-K filed on August 28, 2017, which can be found here