ECBC Experts Enhance Military Laboratory Capabilities
CCDC Chemical Biological Center Public Affairs | April 15th, 2016
Scientists from ECBC partner with scientists from the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and the Naval Medical Research Center to get user feedback on upgraded biosurveillance laboratory equipment ECBC installed in laboratories in South Korea and Japan as part of Project JUPITR’s BICS Leg.
A multidisciplinary team of researchers and technicians from the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) has led the effort to upgrade laboratory capabilities a half a world away, dramatically increasing the ability of United States Forces Korea (USFK) to analyze samples of suspected biological warfare agents.
In just four months, ECBC increased the sample throughput of three U.S. military laboratories in South Korea from two to three samples of suspected biological warfare agent per day to dozens per day with a 24-hour turn-around time for results.
The laboratory upgrades were part of a larger project known as the Joint USFK Portal and Integrated Threat Recognition (JUPITR) Advanced Technology Demonstration. Funding and strategic guidance comes from the U.S. Department of Defense Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense. The project is being managed and executed by ECBC.