National Security

BIODEFENSE: Far-Forward Biothreat Identification

Current tactical biological surveillance systems are effective in identifying select Biological Warfare Agents (BWAs) but cannot identify unknown, emerging, or engineered biothreats. As such, their utility in field forward environments is limited, leaving operators at risk of exposure to potential biothreats.

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To address this capability gap, Signature Science offers PEREGRINE, a far-forward sequencing capability for broad spectrum biothreat identification. PEREGRINE provides operators the ability to collect, prepare, sequence, and report the presence of bacterial and viral biothreats in the field, including in austere operational environments. PEREGRINE employs simple, streamlined DNA and RNA sample preparation workflows used in conjunction with a portable genomic sequencer. For sequence analysis and threat reporting, PEREGRINE also incorporates Signature Science’s suite of bioinformatics tools that allow operators to conduct mission-critical taxonomic identification and functional threat assessment for known threats and identify emerging pathogens or engineered biothreats in real-time. Contained within a ruggedized field kit, PEREGRINE provides all the tools necessary to perform on-target sample preparation and on-the-move sequencing.

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Danielle Dickinson, PhD
Director, Operational Solutions and Threat Reduction

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