Company Profile

1st Detect Corporation
Profile last edited on: 10/5/2016      CAGE: 5DDW6      UEI: P8FHAN1B3268

Business Identifier: Mass spectrometer technology
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Location Information

555 Forge River Road Suite 100
Webster, TX 77598
   (972) 617-9939
Location: Single
Congr. District: 22
County: Harris

Public Profile

1st Detect Corporation, a subsidiary of Astrotech Corporation (Nasdaq: ASTC), has developed a Miniature Chemical Detector that by combining the performance of mass spectrometry in a small, easily portable package hass impacted the chemical detection market. The core detector is based on an ion trap design and is approximately the size of a shoe box, weighing 15 lbs/7 kg. 1st Detect's Miniature Chemical Detector provides rapid analysis time and is capable of detecting residues and vapors from a wide range of chemicals including explosives, chemical warfare agents, toxic chemicals, and volatile organic compounds. The broadband nature of the instrument, as well as the extreme performance provided by the ion trap architecture, make the 1st Detect MCD an ideal detection tool for a variety of applications. This disruptive technology comes at a significantly reduced cost, allowing for new markets and industries to take advantage of this breakthrough in chemical detection.

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Most Recent SBIR Projects

Year Phase Agency Total Amount
2010 2 CBD $805,602
Project Title: Integrated Pre-concentrator Membrane Inlet for Mass Spectrometer

Key People / Management

  Thomas B Pickens III -- CEO and Chairman of the Board

  John Porter -- Chief Executive Officer

  David Rafferty -- President and Chief Technology Officer

  James Wylde -- Vice President Business Development