Implant Sciences Receives TSA Approval

January 17, 2013

The company’s Quantum Sniffer QS-B220 explosives trace detector has been approved for air cargo screening.

WILMINGTON, MA /Marketwire/ -- Implant Sciences, a high-technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced that the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has notified the company that its Quantum Sniffer QS-B220 Explosives Trace Detector has successfully met the requirements for acceptance onto the Air Cargo Screening Technology List (ACSTL).

Implant Sciences' President and CEO Glenn D. Bolduc stated, "This announcement positions Implant Sciences to sell its products into the U.S. security marketplace, which accounts for approximately 43% of the world market. We are very proud to receive TSA approval, and I want to congratulate our team and everyone who has worked so hard on this effort. Implant Sciences now becomes only the third trace detection manufacturer, and the sole American-owned company, to have achieved TSA approval. We've been preparing for this day and believe we have put the right team in place to execute on this significant opportunity."

Implant Sciences' COO, Dr. William McGann, commented, "The QS-B220 introduces the next generation of explosives trace detection (ETD) technology. Our roadmap for the future includes new fundamental detection technologies that will improve sensitivity and reduce false alarm rates, and new sampling methodologies to extend explosives detection to a wider range of applications and environments."

About the Quantum Sniffer
The Quantum Sniffer QS-B220 uses ion mobility spectrometry to rapidly detect and identify trace amounts of a variety of military, commercial, and homemade explosives, as well as drugs. In air cargo security, its ability to test packages rapidly and safely for trace explosives is critical for a system that transports millions of parcels every day. "With significantly lower maintenance requirements than competing systems, the QS-B220 can be deployed for a much lower total cost of ownership than other approved products." The QS-B220 features several technological breakthroughs:

  • No Radioactive Source. In place of radioactive materials commonly used in ETD systems, Implant Sciences invented and patented a nonradioactive ion source. As such, there are no licensing requirements, special transportation rules, or safety concerns.
  • Automatic Self-Calibration. The system is fully automatic, eliminating the need for manual calibration procedures common to systems now in use. Current systems require a skilled technician to manually initiate recalibration of the equipment.
  • Rapid "Clear-Down". The QS-B220 has been designed to address the industry's requirements for faster reset times. The Implant Sciences' design typically resets in seconds.

About Implant Sciences
Implant Sciences develops, manufactures and sells sophisticated sensors and systems for Security, Safety, and Defense (SS&D) markets. The Company has developed proprietary technologies used in its commercial explosive and narcotics trace detection systems which ship to a growing number of locations domestically and internationally. Implant Sciences' QS-H150 portable explosives trace detector has received Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology Designation and the Company's QS-B220 desktop explosives and drugs trace detector has received acceptance onto the Transportation Security Administration's Air Cargo Screening Technology List and has received a Developmental Testing & Evaluation (DT&E) Designation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under the Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technology Act of 2002 (the SAFETY Act).

Implant Sciences designs and manufacture all its systems in the United States and considers its commitment to U.S. manufacturing a core value. The company is currently responsible for more than 70 Massachusetts jobs, more than half of them created in the last two years. The Company believes that TSA approval of the QS-B220 will lead to the creation of additional jobs.

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