PrimeAlert®

The Prime Alert® System detects any type of DNA-based microbial or cellular material, not just anthrax or other biothreat DNA. The test is not specific to an individual organism and only indicates if the sample contains DNA or some types of RNA.

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Availability: Commercially Available

Corbin Mendenhall
Manufacturing Manager
cmendenhall@genprime.com
+1 866 624 9855
502 W. Riverside, Suite 101
Spokane, WA 99201
USA
www.genprime.com
Manufacturer
GenPrime, Inc.
Product Name
PrimeAlert®
Detection Category
Biological;
Detection Principle
Immunological;
Detection Method
Lateral Flow Hand Held Immunoassay;
Application
Detection;
Equipment Type
Instrument
Product Synopsis
The Prime Alert® System detects any type of DNA-based microbial or cellular material, not just anthrax or other biothreat DNA. The test is not specific to an individual organism and only indicates if the sample contains DNA or some types of RNA.
Availability
Commercially Available
Technology Readiness Level (TRL)
9
Market Entry Date
2002
Supporting Documentation
Docs: GenPrime-PrimeAlert.pdf;
Dimensions
Reader: 7.1 x 1.6 x 3.5 in (18 x 4 x 9 cm). Individual microbe screen: 3.2 x 4.8 x 1.2 in (8 x 12 x 3cm). Individual toxin screen: 1.2 x 3.2 x 0.2in (3 x 8 x 0.5cm).
Weight
<1 lb.; <30 lbs.; 1 lbs (0.45 kg) (optical reader); 12 lbs (5 kg) (complete kit)
Power Requirements
Alkaline Battery; 4 AAA batteries (2000+ readings)
Transportability
Pocket Size
Operating Conditions
4 to 40°C (40 to 105°F)
Consumables
>$1,000/year; Toxin screen kits ($125), spatulas, scoops and sampling forceps
Solvents/Reagents
Cell prep solution, dye solution.
Calibration Schedule
Daily
Suggested Routine Maintenance
In the event of a positive screen result, the external surface of the Prime Alert Reader can be decontaminated with decontamination solution
Available Accessories
Prime Alert includes 5 individual sampling assay kits (microbe screen and toxin screen) and contains all the sampling tools needed. GP520 reader ($10,500)
Communications Interface
RS232
Expected Operational Life
Indefinite for optical reader
Shelf Life
<1 year
Unit Cost
$12,000.00 starter kit
Tested For Biological Agents
Ricin, Botulinum toxin, Staphylococcus Enterotoxin B (SEB), F. tularensis (Tularemia), Y. pestis (Plague)
Other Biological Targets
Brucellosis, cholera, diphtheria, glanders, melioidosis, psittacosis, Q fever, salmonellosis, typhoid fever
Adaptability
No
Sample Introduction
Liquid; Solid
Sensitivity/Detection Limits
100,000 to 1 million spores
Known Interferents/Inhibitors
Susceptible to fluorescent quenching media
False Positive Rates
4% for Microbe Screen and 1% for Toxin Screen
False Negative Rates
0% at sensitivity threshold for Microbe and Toxin Screens
Start Up Time (From Cold Start To Sample Ready)
2 minutes
Response Time (Sample Application To Output)
<15 minutes; 10 minutes
Total Run Time
15 minutes
Alarm Capability
Visible
Software Control
On-board
Training Required
<1 day training
Training Available
Yes
Manuals Available
Yes
Reachback Service
No
Warranties
1 year
ITAR/EAR Export Regulations
No; Exports globally to controlled countries
Data File Type Format
CSV
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